Brown blames nerves for defeat

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AFC Wimbledon manager Terry Brown blamed nerves for his side's 3-2 defeat against Bristol Rovers in their Football League bow.

The Dons, formed just 11 years ago, made the worst possible start as they fell behind to early goals from Scott McGleish and Matt Harrold. However, they rallied and clawed themselves back level with goals from Jamie Stuart and Charles Ademeno either side of the break.

But Rovers broke Wimbledon hearts late on when Adam Virgo slammed home a penalty and Brown told BBC Radio London: "It was an eventful game and I have an overriding feeling of disappointment. We were nervous and the stats say it all. Individual errors cost us massively. Can you really give sides two-goal starts? We couldn't."

He added: "It's difficult to reflect on the positive because I have seen us give three of the worst goals away you'll ever see. As a manager they were disasters.

"If we had played like we did in they last 10 games of last season, we'd have won comfortably."

Rovers boss Paul Buckle, taking charge of his first competitive game, hailed his side's attacking approach in the game.

"We want to try and win every game," Buckle told BBC Radio Bristol. "It was exciting and I have said to the players `let's be exciting and win games` and we have done that.

"I am positive that our number of shots outweighed theirs. This is a tough place to come to.

"Two nil is always a precarious scoreline and they deserve credit. The thing for us was not to panic and I think we have played very well. We let them back into the game but could have been out of sight.

"I am just very proud to give the supporters something to cheer about."

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