Cummings berates poor defensive show, but is happy with end result

Getting through to the next round is all that matters, says Dons defender

Take that: Charlie Strutton opens the scoring against York City SP71719

We're through: Warren Cummings is happy despite an underpar Dons performance WI69689

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

AFC Wimbledon full back Warren Cummings has his eye on the FA Cup prize rather than how they get there.

The 32-year-old Scot was revelling in reaching the second round of the competition but he was quick to admit the 4-3 win over York City was not a vintage Dons display.

In only his ninth appearance in a Dons shirt, Cummings put in a workmanlike performance as the Dons finally overcame 10-man York City at Kingsmeadow.

The former Bournemouth regular and one-time Scottish international said: "We would have liked to have seen the game out a bit better. We had an opportunity to finish it in 90 minutess, but we didn’t clear our lines.

"We didn’t defend corner kicks or free-kicks well at all, and they looked like scoring on many occasions.

"It was also disappointing to concede the third goal, because gives you 90 seconds of heart palpitations. We were in cruise control in terms of the scoreline and there was no need to make it a nervy finish."

Charlie Strutton's brace in normal time, with Byron Harrison and Jack Midson strikes in extra time, was enough to see off a determined York City.

"York had a right good go after going down to 10 men, and although we could play better, we scored four goals and we’re through to the next round. As far as cup competitions are concerned, all you want to do is get into the next round," Cummings said.

"You have to give York credit, they worked their proverbials off tonight and they made it tough for us.

"At times it did not look like 10 v 11, so they can be proud of what they did. But we hung on in there without playing particularly well and we managed to get the goals that saw us through."


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