Neal Ardley saluted the massive contribution of returnee keeper James Shea following AFC Wimbledon’s victory at south London rivals Charlton on Saturday.
Strikers Dominic Poleon and Tyrone Barnett stole the headlines for the goals which turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win in the last 12 minutes.
However, Ardley acknowledged former Arsenal keeper Shea, back in favour after just one League appearance since January, was the real hero, his string of superlative saves keeping Dons in a game they would have been out of long before the late drama.
“Last season I didn’t feel there was any point where our goalkeepers really had to keep us in the game, but today that was the case,” he said.
“If you go 2-0 down then you are really chasing shadows and they get their tails up.
“At 1-0 James made two or three really top, top saves. They allowed us to get back in the game and that I what the team is about. He has been called upon and he has done his job.”
Victory was AFC Wimbledon’s first on the road in League One and was enough to lift them out of the bottom four.