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Duo make Dons debuts

Russell Martin on seeing Carlton Morris and Ben Gladwin make their bows...

13 January 2020

Russell Martin was able to hand debuts to both of his January signings in Saturday’s draw with Coventry City.

Carlton Morris made an immediate impact for his new club, netting the equaliser after coming off the bench at half-time in place of David Kasumu.

Ben Gladwin, meanwhile, entered the contest with 18 minutes left to play, and made his first league appearance for over two years, following a lengthy battle with a serious knee injury.

“Carlton looked good,” Martin said after the match. “He suited the game and came on and did brilliantly.

“I apologised to David [Kasumu]. It could have been any of a few to be honest, but we just we needed something different. It's a real sign of the group that everyone went up to David to make sure he was okay, and he was in there celebrating with us all at the end.

“I was really impressed with Carlton, though, and Sam too. He was excellent. We need to keep working on him, he knows that, but he has a brilliant attitude and he made a real difference.

“It was good to see Ben as well. He hasn't played football for a long, long time but he will keep getting better. He will be a really good signing for us, I'm sure.”

Also in Saturday’s squad was defender Jordan Moore-Taylor, who hasn’t featured since being forced off during the warm-up prior to the Sky Bet League One clash with Doncaster Rovers in early December.

“It was good to have him back in the squad,” Martin commented.

“He is going to have to be patient because George [Williams] and Walshy [Joe Walsh] have been excellent. That said, it's great to have him back and I know he was pleased to be back involved as well.”

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