Tom Elliott has sympathy for goalkeeper Ben Wilson after his error cost AFC Wimbledon against Stevenage on Saturday.
The on-loan Cardiff City starlet allowed Jerome Okimo’s free-kick from inside his own half bounce over his head to seal at 2-1 victory for Teddy Sheringham’s side .
It was a shaky afternoon for the youngster after he made a number of questionable decisions but striker Elliott says mistakes are magnified at the other end of the field.
He said: “I’ve never been involved in a game with a goal like that but we’ve all seen them before. I was stood next to him when he took it and there was a massive gust of wind.
“It took an awkward bounce and it’s gone in but Willo [Ben Wilson] is a good keeper. It’s a team thing and it hurts us all. We’ve got to get behind him.
“When you make one mistake as a keeper it is most likely going to be a goal. If you make one at the other end of the pitch then it won’t be as bad.
“It is a hard one for him to take but Ben will learn from this and move onto the next game.”
AFC Wimbledon supporters made their displeasure known at full-time, booing the team off at Kingsmeadow , and Elliott has moved to reassure the fans the players are hurting too.
He added: “I know the fans are frustrated, especially after we’d had such a great week with the news about going back to Plough Lane.
“They were up for the game and even more so after we went 1-0 up. We are even more frustrated than they are. We should have got something out of that game.
“We can understand what they are saying and we were rightly booed because we let in two soft goals and we could’ve done a lot better.
“We put ourselves under pressure by making mistakes. If we can cut out the mistakes then we will win more games because we won’t need to score two or three goals to win.
“We’re going to go back on the training pitch and work hard to put things right.”
Wilson is deputising between the sticks for James Shea, who is back in training and pushing for a recall for Saturday's trip to Newport.