TERRY Brown hailed AFC Wimbledon's battling display as they earned a hard-fought point at high-flying Cheltenham last night.
The Dons recorded their first clean sheet since October as they took another step towards League Two safety after a goalless draw at Whaddon Road.
And the Kingsmeadow chief was delighted with his side's fighting performance.
He said: “We battened down the hatches, scrapped and fought and made ourselves difficult to beat.
“The only worry I had staying in this league was that we were too easy to beat, but we showed we're not a soft touch and came and put a resilient performance in.
“We defended brilliantly. Seb didn't have a lot to do, but he organised his defence well in front of him.
“We weathered the storm at the start of the second-half and looked dangerous on the break.”
Brown reserved special praise for Mat Mitchel-King after the centre-back continued his impressive run of form following a nightmare start to the season.
The former Crewe centre-back missed most of pre-season through glandular fever, but has now cemented a regular place in the middle of defence alongside Jamie Stuart.
“He's a good defender, wins his headers and is decent on the ground,” added Brown.
“We need that bit of experience in there. Him and Jamie played very well against their front three who have scored goals all year.”