Jackson gives Dons another option at the back

Oran Jackson drew praise from Paul Tisdale on Tuesday night
Oran Jackson drew praise from Paul Tisdale on Tuesday night

Oran Jackson's first start in two years has given Paul Tisdale another defensive conundrum.

Baily Cargill has put in a number of impressive performances since making his debut in the Carabao Cup against Charlton, Jordan Moore-Taylor has been arguably Dons' best signing of the summer and while his first appearance may have been one to forget - a sending off after eight minutes at Crewe - Mathieu Baudry was highly thought of at League 1 Doncaster Rovers last season too.

Jackson, 19, could easily have gotten lost in the wash, and little was expected of him in Tuesday night's clash with Premier League Bournemouth, keeping tabs on Jermaine Defoe and Lys Mousset. But the academy product more than held his own, and earned plaudits from both his manager and his team-mates.

Paul Tisdale said: “I’m pleased with the young players, like Oran Jackson who gained a lot of confidence. It was a building block for us."

Keeper Lee Nicholls added: “I was really impressed (with Jackson). He was always looking for the ball, defensively he was solid. I’m made up for him, he’s a good lad and hopefully he can play a bigger part in the rest of the season.”

Alex Gilbey too praised the defender, saying: "Oran came in and was excellent. No-one expected anything from him, especially against a Premier League who have done really well over the years. It bodes well for the future of the club."