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Bournemouth defeat was just a blip, says youngster Ralph

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 15, 2012

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Yeovil Town are ready to bounce back to winning ways at MK Dons today, according to defender Nathan Ralph.

The versatile left-footer is set for his second Football League start at stadium:MK after making his debut ahead of schedule against AFC Bournemouth last weekend.

The former Peterborough youngster was signed in the summer by his former London Road boss Gary Johnson and had been expected to get his first-team chance later in the season.

However, Jamie McAllister's three-game ban has thrust Ralph into the limelight in the second month of the campaign and he said the Glovers were keen to avenge a drab defeat to the Cherries.

The 19-year-old said he was keen to continue his own start to the season, but help his side ensure last Saturday's loss was only a blip.

"In the game I tried to keep things simple, just do the right things and not try to win the game for the team, but play my part," he said.

"A lot of the boys were talking to me and I felt comfortable in the end. Hopefully I will have the same performance, but hopefully the result will be better. It feels good to get man of the match (from the game sponsor), but for me and the fans I want to continue that.

"We have been doing a lot of work in training on what we could improve on from the last game and, hopefully, we can put that into our play.

"It is a great opportunity, I have seen the stadium at MK Dons, it is one of the biggest in the league, so it will be a big test, but we have been working hard. They are a big team, we know what they are about and we are confident. We know we are good enough to beat them on the day.

"We know what we can do, it was just a one-off game against Bournemouth and a blip.

"You can see from the games before we are not that team. We only had one shot on target and we have got two of the highest scorers in the league, so it was just a blip and we will get back to winning ways.

"Obviously it was disappointing, but the manager has got everyone back on it. Everyone's spirits are up, everyone is ready to get back to winning ways again."

Johnson said Ralph had shown he can make the transition to senior football and encouraged him to continue his admirable start.

He said: "He can only do what he did and get man of the match on the day. And rightly so, I think whoever gave man of the match was dead right because it is a big game on debut to play at this level, especially as a young lad.

"I thought he was quite assured on the day. He showed that he has the fitness of a man now and that he is not a kid any more. He showed that and he wasn't a player that was uncomfortable on the ball."

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