Reeves relieved to score Dons’ last gasp winner

Dons celebrate Ben Reeves' late winner
Dons celebrate Ben Reeves' late winner

Goal-scorer Ben Reeves put a ‘poor’ first half performance behind him and was in the right place at the right time to net Dons’ winner against Oldham.

Playing in a deeper role in the absence of Darren Potter, Reeves admitted he had a lackluster first period before being pushed forwards as Dons chased the game.

And he found himself with a simple tap in in the 93rd minute to win it for the home side.

“Eventually we got there,” he said. “But the main thing is we got the three points.

“We backed up the Walsall win with another victory.

“As soon as we came out in the second half, we lifted ourselves straight away, the talk in the dressing room at half time was positive.”

Potter was ruled out for six weeks after picking up an Achilles injury, forcing Reeves out of his familiar role in behind the striker.

He said: “I was poor in the first half. It took me a bit of time to get used to (playing a defensive role) again, but it’s where I started playing when I first came to the club, albeit playing a bit part role.

“In the first half, I was no-where near where I’ve been in recent weeks, but I was much more myself in the second half.

And although they missed a handful of chances to win it earlier, Reeves always had confidence that Dons would come out on top.

He said: “I felt we had the momentum in the second half.

“We were trying all we could to get a goal and eventually it came.

“It felt like the half was going on for ages, and I always felt we were going to get another chance and luckily it fell to us.”