Bennett enjoying living the dream at AFC Wimbledon
6:00am Friday 4th October 2013 in Sport
Alan Bennett has achieved a footballing dream at AFC Wimbledon this year – by playing alongside Andy Frampton and Barry Fuller in the Dons defence.
Bennett, who celebrates his 32nd birthday today, has formed a formidable partnership with Frampton and Fuller that was well on the way to the Dons’ fourth clean sheet of the campaign at Cheltenham on Saturday before Jamie Cureton’s 95th minute intervention.
The trio have started seven of the nine league games together this season, recording two clean sheets, and Bennett is adamant their understanding is only going to get better.
“It’s been fantastic playing with these guys,” he said.
“I have played against Andy and Barry and probably Callum Kennedy and Rhys Weston over the years and always thought well of them and that I wanted to be in a team with them.
“Jim Fenlon is coming along as a really good prospect too and then Ross Worner behind us is doing well too.
“The more we play with each other the more we get to know each other and, hopefully, we can record a few more clean sheets.
“It’s been an excellent start for the club, but we are only nine games in and there’s another 37 to go, it is very early days.”
Cureton’s late winner on Saturday was even more frustrating for Bennett given he left the Robins to join Wimbledon in January.
But he has already put it behind him as he looks towards games against the league’s bottom two, Northampton Town and Accrington Stanley, at Kingsmeadow over the next two weeks.
“I did enjoy being back at Cheltenham,” he added.
“But I would have enjoyed it more if we had kept a clean sheet and got a result, as afterwards you see your friends and you are not in the greatest mood, but they understand.
“It was a real kick in the teeth as we had done more than enough to at least get a point.
“We were a bit down afterwards, but we just have to go again and focus on Saturday and look to put it right.
“You cannot dwell on it too long, we had a chat about it on Tuesday and put it to one side.
“Northampton will be a really tough ask though, they are changing their philosophy and the way they play.
“Last year, they played a lot through Ade Akinfenwa, so they are changing style and it takes a bit of time to sort it out.
“At home though we have a good record and we have to try and keep that going as long as possible.”
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