Fleetwood will take win at Wimbledon but we didn't deserve it admits Simon Grayson

Simon Grayson was delighted to see his Fleetwood Town side return to winning ways at AFC Wimbledon – but admitted Town did not deserve their 1-0 victory.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 8:00 am

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Town had conceded at a similar stage when losing against Peterborough United on Friday but that wasn’t the only reason Grayson sympathised with Wimbledon counterpart Mark Robinson.

Fleetwood celebrate Barrie McKay's winning goal at Wimbledon

He said: “It just sums up the world of football, doesn’t it? I said when I came to the club that we would get something out of games when we don’t deserve to and would not get something out of games when we do deserve to.

“Today, I didn’t think we deserved to get a win because I thought Wimbledon played really well.

“They passed the ball well but we gave the ball away cheaply and unnecessarily at times, but then we got the goal and we’ll take that.

“You do feel sorry for Mark and Wimbledon but that’s part and parcel of football, unfortunately.”

Having made a fleeting appearance on Friday for his first outing since mid-February, McKay came off the bench just past the hour yesterday to play a key role.

Grayson said of the Swansea City loanee: “McKay has not been around the squad too often because of the system we have been playing and other players have done well, but he got his rewards today.

“He is a talented player and always has been, though the role we are asking him to play isn’t his natural one. We play with wing-backs but today we played him just off Kyle Vassell when we felt Ged (Garner) was looking tired after the number of games he’s played.”

Grayson had also warned beforehand that Town should not let their season peter out, a message he reiterated in the build-up.

He added: “It was stressed at the team meeting, before they went out for the warm-up, and again just before kick-off, that we have eight games and five weeks left of the season.

“I’ve been in this situation many times as a player and a manager when you feel you are safe but you are playing for your future.

“We wanted a result. We’d just lost two games on the bounce and didn’t want to make it three, so the emphasis was that we had to be at it.

“I thought we worked hard, closed them down and did what we needed to do, but when you look at the bigger picture for the months ahead, we have to be better on the ball.”

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