Glyn Hodges’ verdict on Dons’ win over Charlton in EFL Trophy and finally gearing up for League One restart

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Glyn Hodges was pleased that AFC Wimbledon ticked off a first win at their temporary home with a 2-1 success over Charlton in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.

Former Addicks defender Terell Thomas scored the clincher for the Dons at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Wimbledon are groundsharing with the west Londoners until their Plough Lane stadium is completed.

Dons manager Hodges said: “It was a better display than when we last played here. We played QPR two weeks ago and got beaten quite convincingly – so it was a definite improvement.

“It’s nice to get the win early here because we’re in an adopted home until we move back to Plough Lane. The longer you go without a win it can prey on your mind – but we’ve got that first one and it looks like we’re going to enjoy it here.”

Hodges is pleased that Wimbledon are back into the swing of things after a lengthy break due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It’s been a longer pre-season than normal and we had a friendly at Crawley arranged [for Tuesday] so we asked to swap [the EFL Trophy tie] to this day so we had a clear run to the first league game.

“The way we played and came back from a goal down, there were a lot of things to be pleased about.

“We’re playing Northampton in our first league game and then Oxford – who were both involved in the play-offs – four out of the first five teams we face have all just finished playing. We ain’t been been playing for so long now – it was a seven-week pre-season and four months [without playing] before that.

“All credit to the boys, they have kept themselves fit and the sports science have done a great job – now let’s get back on the grass.

“For me this was the first game of the season because it was competitive and at the end of it there is a Wembley final.

“Our season has started. We’re up and running and we’ll take every game really seriously.

“All we do is try and improve on each season. We’ll be as fit and strong as we can be and see where that takes us.”

Wimbledon head to Oxford United tomorrow in the first round of the EFL Cup. They follow up with a league opener at Northampton, who smashed Exeter 4-0 in the League Two play-off final on June 29.

Photos by Paul Edwards


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