Brown admits big names may be out of the door at AFC Wimbledon in the summer
10:13 08 May 2012
The verdict: AFC Wimbledon 3 Shrewsbury Town 1
Terry Brown was keen to stress that some of his key players may have seen their last appearance in a Wimbledon shirt after the Dons fledgling Football League season finished with a credible win over promoted Shrewsbury Town.
“Our home form especially hasn’t been good enough this year and we know we are going to have a bit of a clear-out in the summer,” said Brown, who completes five years in charge of the Dons next week – five years in which his side has seen promotions on three occasions.
“I need to get five or six quality players in if I can, and I need to move some out to afford these changes. Within those there’ll be one or two surprises.”
“I don’t think any of our supporters wants to hear about consolidation for next season. I will be saying to my players that we will be trying to get into the play-offs.”
Brown, whose job looked on the line after a poor defeat against Plymouth in March took the Dons to within five points of the relegation zone, was keen to applaud the patience shown by the Wimbledon fans throughout the year.
“Our fans know that we haven’t got a budget looking to win the league title. You look around this ground and realise there’s an awful lot of things to pay for.”
One player Brown is keen to keep hold of is Dons top scorer Jack Midson, who was unlucky not to add to his 18-goal league tally on Saturday, leaving him in a four-way share of the league’s top scorer accolade.
“Jack’s had a fantastic year,” said the manager. “It’s going to be very difficult to hold onto three or four of our best players as some we will receive bids for. Jack will want to know, as a player, can he play in League One, can he take AFC Wimbledon to League One. We’ve got to try and convince players like him that he can achieve that with us.”
After a goalless first half, four goals in the first sixteen second half minutes settled this game in Wimbledon’s favour. Byron Harrison scored a tap-in following away keeper Chris Neal dropping a routine cross, before Luke Moore doubled the Dons’ lead via a deflection.
Shane Cansdell-Sherriff pulled one back moments later for Shrewsbury following a scramble in the Wimbledon penalty area, but Moore restored the two-goal advantage after slipping an excellent Billy Knott through ball underneath Neal’s legs.
AFC Wimbledon: Brown, Franks (Hatton), Johnson, Bush, Stuart, Jones (Knott), S Moore, L Moore, Midson, Yusseff (Johnson), Harrison
Attendance: 3,678 (587 from Shrewsbury)
My man of the match: Byron Harrison