AFC Wimbledon target man Joe Pigott found out he was starting against his former club on the day of the Dons’ win over Charlton Athletic.

The 24-year-old striker had barely trained in the last 10 days after suffering a concussion during training before he played 70 minutes against the Addicks at the Kingsmeadow.

Pigott, who started his professional career at the Valley in 2012, tested shot-stopper Ben Amos from range in the affair but was eventually replaced by midfielder Andy Barcham.

Asked about what happened, he said: “I was just training and I went to shut someone down, they didn’t even see me.

“They went to play a cross-field pass, I was literally three yards away, and he’s absolutely hammered it and it’s conked me in the side of the head.

“I was in a right pickle.

“It was just from the ball so it wasn’t too bad, but I still felt terrible afterwards.

Pigott said the injury was ‘really hard to describe’ and he had a ‘daze’ after struggling to recover for a few days but he was eventually cleared on the day of the game by Dons boss Neal Ardley.

An error by defender Patrick Bauer enabled Lyle Taylor to take advantage and race through on goal to score the decisive goal in added time of the first-half.

The win provides AFC Wimbledon breathing room in the battle against the drop, four points ahead of Rochdale, while denting Charlton’s promotion push to the Sky Bet Championship this season.

Pigott, who started his professional career at the Valley, added: “We just knew their [Charlton’s] threats really and what they were good at. We knew if we could get at them from the off, we would have a good chance, and we knew we were going to get chances to score as well.

“Luckily Lyle [Taylor] did that obviously from hard work and us pressing up the pitch, forcing the mistake, and he took his goal really well.

“We defended really well as well actually, and we hadn’t really conceded many chances, although they did hit the post from a set-piece.

“But they didn’t really look like scoring to me.”

He was asked whether he would celebrate had he scored against Charlton Athletic, who have extended the stay of caretaker manager Lee Bowyer until the end of the season.

Pigott said: "I don’t know, really. It’s not something I’ve really thought about to be honest, I don’t really know what I would’ve done."