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Dons boss Johnnie Jackson: We should have more points in the bank

AFC Wimbledon manager Johnnie Jackson is pleased their start to the League Two season but reckons they have a strong case they should have even more points in the bag.

The Dons won 2-0 at Crawley Town last weekend, the West Sussex side going on to hit the headlines as they dumped Fulham out of the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

Wimbledon are 10th in the early standings with eight points.

“We’ve had a good, solid start – we should’ve more points than we’ve got,” Jackson told the South London Press. “Every game that we haven’t won I’ve felt like we could’ve got more from. We end up drawing the Doncaster game and we should have been out of sight in that one. We played really well for 87 minutes.

“I look at that and even the Mansfield game, we get a red card which gets rescinded and we had to play 50 minutes with 10 men. We were well in that game too.

“We’ve had two good wins with a decent point on the road. I think we’re in good nick.

“It’s a solid start. It could’ve been better – we’ve probably not got quite as many points as I felt we deserved but it’s early days and we’re on the right track.”

Paul Kalambayi, AFC Wimbledon v Gillingham SkyBet League Two, Plough Lane, 30 July 2022
Picture : Keith Gillard

Paul Kalamayi and Paul Osew boosted their fitness with a runout against Brentford’s B team in midweek.

“Kalambayi came through fine and got a good 90 minutes,” said Jackson. “Osew got an hour and he came through it fine. That’s his first match exposure in a long while although obviously he was involved with us at Crawley. He’s available to the squad.

“David Fisher picked up a hamstring injury in the [Brentford] game so we need to assess where he is at, most likely he’ll be out.

“[Harry] Pell coming in does open up a spot there but he has not had a lot of minutes either, so we have got to build him up sensibly. He has only played 45 minutes since pre-season.”


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