Players aired home truths after Portsmouth defeat

Alex Gilbey
Alex Gilbey

Alex Gilbey admitted there were some harsh words said in the Dons dressing room after losing 2-0 to Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Oliver Hawkins capitalised on two defensive errors in the first half to give the home side all three points, but Dons barely threatened to get back into the game.

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Speaking afterwards, captain Alex Gilbey said the players aired their grievances with each other in the dressing room at full time, but must bounce back against Walsall on Tuesday night.

"The players know, and as players we've had words in the dressing room, a few personal bits have been said," he admitted.

"But the players know we weren't good enough. At times, we were inbetween going long and playing football, so we need to get the ball down at home and win.

"We have to win on Tuesday now. If we'd have won today, we'd have been on the edge of the play-offs, so it's even more frustrating.

"From start to finish, it wasn't good enough. We conceded two sloppy goals. Everyone, from Lee in goal, through to me - everyone in the team just wasn't good enough.

"Last week, we lost but we have to try and forget that. We have to want to win every game, but from the off here we just weren't on it. When you're sloppy in this league, against good sides like Portsmouth, you know you'll end up losing and we did.

"If you look at the game, and the mistakes don't happen, it stays 0-0. But even without the mistakes, we weren't good enough because we didn't even get a shot on target.

"It was one of those games where we tried things and it didn't come off. As a player, you sometimes have to go back to basics. We didn't do that today and we deserved to lose.

"Luckily there's a game on Tuesday and we can put it right. We have to go home, forget this and pick up three points."