Defensive and recruitment issues did for Terry Brown

Terry Brown has put his finger on what went wrong

Terry Brown has put his finger on what went wrong

First published in Sport Wimbledon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

As the dust settles at Kingsmeadow and AFC Wimbledon prepare for life without Terry Brown, the former manager believes he knows where it all went wrong.

He says defence was the problem as injury and loss of form played havoc with his possible selections - however, he also suggests that they could have done better with the players they recruited.

Since winning the League Two opener against Chesterfield, the Dons picked up just one point from six games and conceded an average of two goals per game.

After the 5-1 defeat to Bradford City, which had followed a 6-2 drubbing at Burton Albion, Brown and the Dons board held talks and decided that the board would support Brown's need to recruit defensive cover.

However, despite bringing in Curtis Haynes-Brown, Dale Bennett, George Francomb, Steven Gregory and Will Antwi, the club's fortunes did not change, ending in three straight defeats and the sacking of Terry Brown and Stuart Cash.

Brown said: "We never got the defence right. This year in particular we have not been able to field a settled side.

"Our major summer signing at left back [Curtis Osana] has not kicked a ball in anger, Mat Michel-King had not been able to produce anything through injury and personal issues, and Curtis Haynes-Brown was injured straight away.

"The back four has been changed every week and it is not good enough. If you don’t get the two centre halves settled then you don’t get the full backs sorted out and you’re always going to concede goals."

He added: "It was nothing to do with coaching or the tactics, it was about getting good enough players out on the park and you have to look at our recruitment and ask 'could we have done a bit better', and maybe we could."

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