James Pullen has taken a surprise swipe at AFC Wimbledon’s burgeoning fanbase by slamming the lack of vocal support from the Kingsmeadow hordes.

Pullen spoke out after last weekend’s 1-0 loss at home to Kidderminster Harriers, Wimbledon’s second home defeat of the campaign.

Despite attracting 3,601 fans to the game, and averaging nearly 4,000 per home game to date, the Dons keeper reckons the Wimbledon faithful have been spoiled by recent success.

He said: “I don’t think anyone was happy with the lack of noise on Saturday.

“I think it has got to the stage that the crowds are just turning up at games expecting us to win and that is ridiculous.

“I’m not saying the fans were to blame but when you start a game badly, like we did against Kidderminster, you really need the crowd to get behind you and I could not hear a thing.

“Because we have risen through the leagues so fast the fans are used to success but they need to be realistic.

“We are in a very tight league and it is all going to be about fine margins and as a player you really do not need to be worrying about the little things like are the fans getting behind you.

“Our fans are amazing and those that travel to the away games are magnificent and we really need to recreate that atmosphere at home.”

Kidderminster’s goal was just the second conceded by Wimbledon in four games and Pullen reveals the defence have become a close-knit unit far quicker than expected.

He added: “We are getting the benefit of having a number of great defenders at the club - we started the season with Brett Johnson and Paul Lorraine in central defence but with Paul out Alan Inns has stepped in and done a great job.

“As a group we feel like we have gelled really quickly.

“We feel like we are not going to concede a goal and if we do it will be down to a mistake.

“Everyone feels confident and comfortable with each other - I’m not sure how long this will last but we are enjoying it.”

The Dons travel to Forest Green this weekend with the bonus of having had a rare midweek without a game.

And the 27-year-old goalkeeper is expecting another tough encounter.

Pullen added: “Forest Green will be another difficult game but you could virtually say that about any game at this level.

“We have had the week off and sometimes you need that rest as a player.

“Everyone will be fired up and we will be giving it a real go.”

AFC Wimbledon’s next three matches: Oct 10 Forest Green (a), 17 Kettering Town (h), 24 TBC (FAC)