The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

AFC WIM­BLE­DON de­fender Will Nightin­gale in­sists he and his young team-mates are the stars of the fu­ture – de­spite their de­feat to Ply­mouth on Tues­day.

Nightin­gale and fel­low academy prod­ucts Tom Beere, Dan Gal­lagher, Ben Har­ri­son and David Fitz­patrick form the back­bone of a new crop of play­ers who got their chance to im­press in mid­week.

How­ever, the Dons threw away a two-goal lead in the John­stone’s Paint Tro­phy to slip to a 3-2 de­feat.

But Nightin­gale, 20, in­sists that he and his fel­low academy prod­ucts gained some much needed ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We all help each other and en­cour­age each other – we know each other well,” he said.“If some­one makes a silly lit­tle er­ror, we try to bring them on; we don’t get on their backs.We’ll tell each other we are bet­ter than that and can im­prove.

“The gaffer wants to try to trust us, but it’s not just down to him.We’ve got to do our bit and can­not ex­pect to play un­less we’re per­form­ing.”

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