Player ratings Vs Preston: Returning Doumbe is a head above the rest

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David Martin – 7 – A fairly lonely afternoon for the keeper. As ever, he did well when called upon, though it was a rare sight to see him with the ball in hand.

Dean Lewington – 7 – Had Monokana in his pocket for most of the game, and even when the winger found his feet, the skipper had him well under control.

Shaun Williams – 7 – Cool as you like alongside yet another new central defensive partner. Barely troubled though.

Mathias Doumbe – 8 – Looked excellent on his return to the first team. Got a bandaged head for his troubles, but was still Dons’ top performer.

Jon Otsemobor – 7 – Was a threat going forward and made some solid challenges in defence.

Darren Potter – 7 – Quite a quiet game, but still had an extra yard over the Preston midfield to pull all the strings.

Stephen Gleeson – 8 – Was a part of everything, both attacking and defensively. Was brilliant in the tackle and hardly gave Welsh a moment to rest on the ball without badgering him.

Dean Bowditch – 7 – Easily had the measure of Keane from the early stages, but didn’t seem to have the confidence to shoot, twice opting to pass from good positions.

Luke Chadwick – 7 – Another game full of running, but his final ball was a little lacking.

Scott Allan – 6 – Solid performance, made some smart runs but whatever he tried didn’t quite work out.

Alan Smith – 6 – Struggled to make much of an impact up front on his own. Missed Dons’ best chance of the first half.

Subs:

Charlie MacDonald – 6 – Should have been awarded a penalty, but a striker full of confidence would have knocked the ball over the on-rushing keeper and scored anyway.

Ryan Lowe – 6 – Barely touched the ball. When he did, he was offside.