Par­rett’s a cut above in penalty games

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Sam El­liott

IT WAS lit­er­ally fun and games when AFC Wim­ble­don were awarded a penalty in their 3-1 mid­week win against Rochdale.

The Dons were 2-0 up against Dale and then pre­sented with a chance to score their third goal in six sec­ond half min­utes.

Striker Lyle Tay­lor and mid­fielder Dean Par­rett came to­gether af­ter the hosts were awarded the spot-kick.

But in­stead of an ugly public show of dis­sent over who would take it, they in­stead set­tled it like men…

Par­rett said: “We played rock, pa­per, scis­sors to see who would take it! When we won the penalty I went for the ball and he said ‘I’m tak­ing it’ so I said ‘play you for it’.

“I beat him and I said ‘I’ve got to take it now’ and he let me. The pres­sure was on but I picked a cor­ner, hit it well and it went in.”

Wim­ble­don are now safe and the fans have one am­bi­tion for the fi­nal month of the sea­son – to cap a great first year in League One by fin­ish­ing ahead of MK Dons.

Man­ager Neal Ard­ley has ‘pri­vate goals’ for his play­ers in the fi­nal few weeks and his re­sponse when asked if that in­cluded end­ing the year in front of their bit­ter ri­vals gave lit­tle away.

“I’ll let you write what­ever you want on that!” said the man­ager when quizzed by re­porters last Tues­day.

PLAY YOU FOR IT: Dean Par­rett

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