Aneke may have to go down easier to convince referees

Chuks Aneke
Chuks Aneke

Chuks Aneke's physical prowess may be acting against him after he was denied a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Walsall on Tuesday.

Having opened the scoring in the first half. Aneke appeared to be pulled back by a Walsall defender not long after the Saddlers had converted themselves from the penalty spot after Ethan Ebanks-Landell fouled Tyler Roberts.

But the 24-year-old stayed on his feet and tried to play on, despite the clear tug - something which Aneke believes went against him.

"Definitely it should have been a penalty," he said. "Maybe I'm a bit too honest, maybe I should have gone down. But I never win free kicks or penalties, so all I was thinking was to get the ball in the net.

"When he knocked me, I was still trying to manoeuvre the ball. But maybe I should be going down, maybe dive and get the penalty."

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Scoring his first goal since January, firing a bullet header past Walsall keeper Mark Gillespie from Ed Upson's free kick, Aneke could have had another to his name shortly before half time as he blasted over from close range. But on the whole, he was pleased to have opened his account this season in his first full 90 minutes since February.

He said: "Scoring goals is what I'm here for and it's a great feeling. I've been unlucky with a few chances I've had. I think I could have scored at Bury and against Bradford, so it was pleasing to put one away. And I had a few other chances here tonight too.

"Goals win games. If we had score three or four goals in the first half, the game would have been over. I'm hard on myself but I'm pleased to get off the mark.

"It's pleasing but it was really tiring in the second half. But I got through it, and should hold me in good stead now. It's a huge relief, but when you start playing, the results start to come back into your thinking and today, we had a great chance to take three points and we didn't take it.

"We're disappointed of course, but over the last two years, I've missed 18 months so it just feels good to be playing."

For Dons, it is just one point from a possible nine as they remain 14th in the table and missed the opportunity to get back into the top half on Tuesday night.

And Aneke believes the frustration from the last three games has been a different kind each time.

He added: "Collectively, all three games have been frustrating because against Bradford we went a man down early, against Portsmouth it wasn't the best performance and tonight we missed the opportunity to push on. We're good enough to do it. We need to rally and go again on Saturday.

"As a team, we need to cut out the mistakes we've been making and be more ruthless in front of goal. But we've got something to build on and we'll do well."