Byron lauding it up after first Dons goal

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Record signing Byron Harrison did not care how he broke his AFC Wimbledon duck on Saturday but was just delighted he did.

The 24-year-old joined the Dons in January but had failed to find the net in 12 league matches before coming off the bench to head home from an inch out in the 4-0 win over Burton Albion that all but guaranteed League Two football next season.

He also played a pivotal role in Wimbledon’s second goal and revealed his improved form came down to one simple solution.

“I have relaxed,” he said.

“I was really uptight because I wanted to score so badly and, I won’t lie, it has been bothering me.

“I am not used to not scoring goals, especially when everyone wants me to do so well and everyone is rooting for me.

“On Saturday, it was just about getting on, working hard and trying to do that first.

“Thankfully, I got the goal too and although it was from an inch out I would have taken that on day one so it is nice to get off the mark.”

Harrison’s goal drought led to him being dropped from the squad completely for the games with Bradford City and Bristol Rovers by manager Terry Brown and the former Carshalton Athletic striker revealed that gave him extra incentive.

“Being left out was hard to deal with as all I have ever wanted to do is do well for Wimbledon,” he added.

“When you get that news you are never happy but I said to myself, ‘you have to come back in and you have to prove them wrong’ as I do not ever want to be dropped from the team.

“And I will be looking to build from here now and if I get a shirt I will be looking to keep it.

“The goal was the target and has been the target since I got here.

“That pressure is off now but I won’t rest on my one goal and, hopefully, there’s a backlog of goals to come now.”

Brown, who also saw Luke Moore, George Moncur and Sammy Moore score on Saturday and the Dons record their first home clean sheet of the season, was equally pleased to see Harrison off the mark.

“I am delighted for Byron to get his first goal for us and he made a difference when he came on,” he added.

“Byron is a goalscorer and he needs a goal, so now he has that goal – and it doesn’t matter how it went in – I am sure he will benefit.”

Wimbledon go to Accrington Stanley this Saturday.

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