Houghton and Harvie 'not to blame' after first half substitutions

"They're two brilliant guys, characters, pros and have been excellent for us"

Monday, 8th March 2021, 12:03 pm
Daniel Harvie

No player likes to be substituted in the first half, but Russell Martin has assured Jordan Houghton and Daniel Harvie they were not to blame for Dons' problems at Wigan on Saturday.

With Dons trailing 1-0, the manager withdrew the pair, both of which have been injured recently, after 32 minutes to bring on Andrew Surman and Zak Jules - both of which ave played regularly of late.

Martin though refused to lay blame at eithers door for the performance, but said he will reassure the pair again today (Monday) that nothing will be held against them for Saturday's result.

"It was my fault, not theirs," he said. "I asked them to play and they hadn't trained enough. We weren't functioning as we should have so we made the changes but they're two brilliant guys, characters, pros and they have been excellent players for us. They'll be fine.

"I'll have another chat with them today, but it was not a slight on them at all. The cannot be blamed for anything, I had to change it. But they were supportive on the bench, supporting their team-mates so I'm not worried about them."