Hitchcock’s hit leaves Dons back in the mix
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mism, despite taking the field to a standing ovation from supporters.
“Three of our last four games are away from home where it is tougher to pick up points so no one is getting carried away,” he said.
“My players are looking at the league table and feeling delight at having secured 58 points. They are not talking about the playoffs.
“We were under no illusions that this would be a tough game and I’m pleased to have won it. Wimbledon have a decent away record and were always going to be difficult opponents.”
Hitchcock’s goal, his first in League football, settled a dire game of few chances.
Fabian Broghammer hit a post for Rovers with an angled shot on 36 minutes, but it was one of few moments of excitement in the first half.
Ryan Brunt had a 25-yard shot deflected just over for the home side, while Gary Alexander’s close range volley for Wimbledon was blocked by a defender and Sammy Moore fired wide from distance for the visitors
The second-half introduction on Hitchcock for Ryan Brunt on 65 minutes gave Rovers more of an edge.
Before his goal he stung the hands of Dons keeper John Sullivan and in the closing moments he went close from Broghammer’s cross.
STANDING TALL: Rovers’ Mark McChrystal