Martin Allen praised the character of his Gillingham side having watched them bounce back from their first away defeat of the season to see off AFC Wimbledon 1-0 and stretch their lead at the top of League Two.

Allen's men went down 2-1 at Torquay in midweek but responded in the perfect fashion as debutant Romain Vincelot scored the only goal of the game in the first half.

"I thought it was a great performance, the last home game they had I think they were 3-0 up after half an hour, you can see why," Allen said.

"They are a strong team, well organised and I thought all our players put in tremendous courage. It's not easy coming back from Torquay at five o'clock in the morning so backs to the wall, solid defending, we stood firm and sometimes the season's going to be like that.

"We stood firm and stood up to the test they presented; every effort against us was long range so fair play to all our players for the commitment and strength of mind to defend that solitary goal.

"Right from the very start it was horrendous conditions and it didn't make it easy to play to be honest, the wind was a massive factor, but it was a quality finish from the lad so that was enough to win it."

Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley enjoyed his first win on Tuesday night since taking the reins as his troops recorded a 3-1 triumph over Bristol Rovers but he was the first to admit the hosts came up short here.

He said: "I didn't think we did enough if I'm honest; we played with better intensity in the second half and had a better go of it. The conditions played a big part, I know it's a game of two halves and it was always going to be that way. They were very very positive from the onset and as a team we didn't really deal with it.

"I almost felt that we were waiting for them to score a goal. Second half we had a go, but there was not enough cleverness in the final third. Since I've come in everything's been about the team, everything's about being harder to beat and we're starting to see that."