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Charlie rues late flag

17 September 2012

Charlie MacDonald should have been over the moon on Saturday after coming off the bench to net the winner against Yeovil Town.

Instead he was left feeling short-changed after the linesman’s offside flag ruled out a late second for the striker.

The 31-year-old was the match hero as he slotted home in the 75th minutes, ending a frustrating afternoon for the Dons and their run of two games without a goal. 

While MacDonald was delighted to play his part in helping the Dons to three points, after just eight minutes on the pitch, he was disappointed to not walk away with two goals to his name.

Speaking after the game, MacDonald said: “Looking at the replay and seeing I was behind Chaddy and it was blatantly onside, I feel like I have lost £1,000. It’s great you have scored the winner but to have two goals would have been brilliant, the linesman’s decision was a big blow for me because it would have been another goal to the tally.”

When the former-Brentford forward picked up Dean Lewington’s long ball he seemed to have an age to decided what to do before firing beyond the reach of Marek Stech. 

“On another day I could have hit that as a snap-shot first time, but I managed to realise that no one was coming to shut me down and that no one was chasing behind me so I just took my time and luckily for me I managed to pick the right spot and the rest, as they say, is history.”

While it was the end of the Dons’ and MacDonald’s own personal goal-drought that took all of the headlines, the striker was keen to stress the importance of the Dons’ defence not only in the game but also in the early part of the campaign.

The 1-0 win over Yeovil was the Dons’ fourth victory in as many games at home and it was the third shut-out from the Dons’ defence.

MacDoanld added: “Defensively we have been brilliant this season; we have kept things tight, we have gone down to 10 men a few times this year, and in the early stages, and have only let in the odd goal. 

“We just need to make sure we are more ruthless as a front four – whoever that front four might be – when we get chances. 

“We are in a team to convert the chances – as a striker you can moan at people for not creating stuff, but when you are getting stuff created you have to finish them off.”

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