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In quotes: AFC Wimbledon v Bolton

14 August 2016 rounds up manger, player and local press post-match reaction following Wanderers' victory over the Dons

Wanderers picked up their second consecutive win of the 2016/17 Sky Bet League One campaign with a 2-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon on Saturday afternoon.

Rounding up the managers, players and local press' post-match reaction alike, offers the final word on the match... 

How saw it...
Bolton Wanderers made it two Sky Bet League One victories on the spin after coming from behind to win at AFC Wimbledon at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Gary Madine cancelled out Andy Barcham’s early opener in front of a capacity home crowd in sunny south west London.

And Liam Trotter’s goal midway through the second period secured victory and with it ended Bolton’s long wait for three points on the road as 769 travelling fans finally went home happy.

The away victory has been a long time coming. You could feel the release and the relief from the supporters at the final whistle alongside the players and myself. I thought it was a good test for us today too in terms of challenging ourselves at this level.

In the Championship, all the stadiums are fantastic and the pitches are like bowling greens, but in this division we’ll come across different environments which we’ll have to contend with and be ready for.

I thought we did just that today apart from in the first ten minutes when we got caught on the back foot. After that though, we responded in terrific fashion and deservedly got the win.

It was always going to be hard, coming here today. They’ve come into this season with momentum from last year having won promotion while we’ve come from the opposite direction.

It was definitely going to be something of a party atmosphere for them and when the game started, you could tell that they were really up for the challenge which you would expect them to be.

We handled that though despite the testing conditions and deserved the three points.

They were big, strong, and set-up to deal with us. The first goal was a brilliantly worked move and it was one that would grace any league. 

It was not that we stopped playing or tried to sit back on our lead, we did not do any of that. We lost our intensity after 25 minutes. 

We just dipped and as soon as that happened they took control of the game.

It had been 495 days since the Whites’ last victory on the road but that all ended this afternoon as goals from Gary Madine and Liam Trotter sealed three points which put their side joint top of the early League One table.

Andy Barcham had scored early on for the home side but manager Phil Parkinson believes a cards-on-the-table meeting with his players the night before the game inspired exactly the response he was looking for.

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