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Reaction: Campbell on Blues' late draw at Wimbledon

1 January 2020

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Blues boss Sol Campbell felt his side were “worth a point” after securing a 1-1 draw at AFC Wimbledon thanks to a late Charlie Kelman penalty.

Callum Reilly had given Dons the lead at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, firing into the top corner midway through the first-half for what looked like being the winner.

But Kelman would win Blues a penalty in the first minute of injury-time which the 18-year-old dispatched to earn the point Campbell felt Blues were worthy of when speaking to the press.  

On the draw…

It’s always a difficult place to come here, but we were worth a point. We had some really good chances, it just didn’t bounce for us, and then we got our penalty and it was great for Charlie to knock it in. We’re getting there. It’s either going over the bar or someone’s making a tackle, or someone’s not connecting properly, we’ve just got to keep it going now.

I think the lads have come a long way since I’ve been here. We’ve got to fight for every point and we had the chances to potentially nick it, but that wasn’t the case. I think the character of the lads has been great, they’ve stuck to their task and put a magnificent shift in and got a point.

On utilising youngsters…

Because of long-term injuries, we’ve had to look at the squad and bring the young guys in, and some of them have done really well.

John White wasn’t feeling too well, he’s been ill for a couple of days and he couldn’t really play, so we had to make the decision and change it again.

You’ve just got to make do; that’s what you’ve got to do as a manager and these things happen. Whether it’s an illness or long-term injuries, you’ve got to chop and change and move personnel around to make it fit.

On the January transfer window opening…

There could be five [new signings], there could be zero. I don’t know what’s going to happen. We will assess things and try and go for players, but we might end up with no one.

We’re enquiring and we’d like to look at the squad and see if we can strengthen if possible. But we might end up with no one here and have to get on with the squad we have now and see how we can go between now and the end of the season.

If people come in, I think that’s the best way rather than saying five players are coming in and then no one comes in. I’m covering my back a little bit and if someone comes in, someone comes in; if no one comes in we’ll have to make do and get on with the job.

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