Braintree Town assistant heaps praise on AFC Wimbledon’s Charlie Strutton

Braintree Town's Charlie Strutton scores, centre

Braintree Town's Charlie Strutton scores, centre - Credit: Archant

Braintree Town assistant manager Keith Rowland has hailed the impact of loanee Charlie Strutton.

Strutton returned to parent club AFC Wimbledon after Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Chester, but not without a bang.

The 24-year-old struck twice in the opening seven minutes for Iron to add to his already impressive goal tally and lift the Essex club back into the Conference Premier play-off places.

“He’s been great,” said Rowland. “Alan (Devonshire) and I have been delighted with him. He’s made a really good impact for us.

“He’s come from a Football League club still learning the game, picking up some valuable experience along the way, scoring a few goals.”


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Braintree only signed Strutton because of a shoulder injury to Dan Holman but in the short time he has been at Cressing Road, he has made a big impact.

Six goals in seven games have helped Iron move into the play-off places after a goal-shy start to the season for Alan Devonshire’s side.

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Brimming with confidence after showing such deadly form, League Two outfit Wimbledon are likely to welcome back Strutton with open arms, especially considering their wobble of late – two goals in their last four league games have yielded only two points.

With a string of important games coming up, Strutton may get his chance to show what he can do at a higher level.

Rowland, like the majority of Braintree fans, would love to see the forward stay on or even extend his loan but can’t see it happening.

“Unfortunately, I can’t see him returning if I’m honest,” said Rowland.

“We haven’t had much contact with them (Wimbledon) but the lad has said that he’s going back to the first-team squad.

“All the best to him. He certainly deserves a chance there after doing so well here.”

Strutton could, and should, have signed off in style on Saturday but referee Colin Lymer ruled out his second-half free kick for an infringement – a ‘goal’ that would have seen him take home the match ball.

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