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By James Cunliffe
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Terry Brown admits defensive errors cost his side in the cup
Terry Brown was frustrated that his AFC Wimbledon team crashed out of the Capital One Cup at the first stage by gifting goals to an impressive Stevenage side in a 3-1 defeat last night.
A Pim Balkestein own goal got the higher division npower League One outfit off to a flying start before goalkeeper Seb Brown’s howler allowed James Dunne a tap into an empty net.
Even when Brendan Kiernan pulled one back seconds later Boro still bagged a third before the break as the Dons defenders failed to pick up players from a free-kick.
“I’m disappointed with the first half,” Brown said, adding: “Stevenage tore us to shreds.
“We knew this would be a difficult place to come and Gary [Smith] has got a very good team.
“We struggled to cope with their two wide players but once we got that sorted at half time we were chasing the game and were never really going to recover.
“The real disappointment for me was that, although they dominated territorially for most of the game, the goals were just gifts. You couldn’t make it up.
“The first goal from their point of view was a very good one. If that’s me, I’m thinking, ‘what a great goal’. Defensively, we could have been better.
“At 1-0, although we hadn’t played well we were still in the game, but we absolutely gave them a second goal.
“It came from their free-kick, had to pass it back and Seb miskicks it.
“He doesn’t do that. Maybe it’s best he hasn’t done it in a league game but I don’t really mean that because it was an important game.
“I’d have loved to have won that with the chance of pulling a big team out in the next round.
“Knowing our luck in cups we wouldn’t have done but I guarantee this lot [Stevenage] will pull a plum out.”
Indeed, Boro drew Premier League new boys Southampton at home in today’s second round draw, while Wimbledon must try to regroup when Chesterfield visit them in their first npower League Two game of the season on Saturday.
Importantly they must look to address the form that has seen them endure a nightmare pre-season, conceding 20 goals and winning just two of eight friendlies prior to last night’s defeat.
Brown said: “When we made it 2-1 you think, ‘just hold on’ but it was absolutely awful marking. They were individual errors. It’s not good enough really.”
He added: “We defended far too deep and paid them far too much respect in the first half.
“We came out in the second half and pressed them high up the field so not let them boss the game and it worked to a certain extent but we’ve got to have more of a cutting edge.
“We got beaten by the better side and we wish Stevenage well in the next round.”