By Anthony Scales
AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley expressed his frustration after seeing his side twice pegged back in yesterday’s relegation scrap at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, and admitted some of his players were running on fumes by the end.
“We were carrying a few knocks out there,” said Ardley, “Baz Fuller’s hardly trained this week, Liam Trotter’s hardly trained – he’s been ill; Andy Barcham was carrying a couple of things at half time, he was struggling. I just thought Lyle Taylor was running on empty up top and Pigg’s [Joe Pigott] was trying to catch up from when he was concussed. The boys have given everything, I can’t ask for any more from them.”
But the Dons boss could not hide his frustration after the umpteenth long-throw from Oldham’s Tom Hamer on the right touchline went through his back line for the first of the visitors’ two equalisers.
“We worked loads on long-throws yesterday, and on who was marking who,” added the Dons boss after the 2-2 draw. “And you look back and say: ‘that’s not what we did yesterday’.
“We’ve only got ourselves to blame. That focus when we needed it to do our job, but [my players have] given everything and [a draw is] not the worst-case scenario. It could have been, and credit to Oldham because they had a right go in the second half.”
Please support your local paper by making a donation
Please make cheques payable to “MSI Media Limited” and send by post to South London Press, Unit 112, 160 Bromley Road, Catford, London SE6 2NZ
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has encouraged everyone in the country who can afford to do so to buy a newspaper, and told the Downing Street press briefing recently: “A free country needs a free press, and the newspapers of our country are under significant financial pressure”.
So if you have enjoyed reading this story, and if you can afford to do so, we would be so grateful if you can buy our newspaper or make a donation, which will allow us to continue to bring stories like this one to you both in print and online.