Ard­ley fumes as Dons slip to foot of ta­ble

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The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Niall Kelly

WIM­BLE­DON boss Neal Ard­ley slammed his side af­ter the Dons slipped to the bot­tom of League Two hav­ing not won since Novem­ber.

Ox­ford, who also had James Con­sta­ble sent off, claimed the win thanks to goals from Sean Rigg, Al­fie Pot­ter and Tom Crad­dock to ex­tend their un­beaten run to nine in all com­pe­ti­tions.

How­ever, Ard­ley feels his side lack a win­ning men­tal­ity, some­thing he will look to change in Jan­uary.

“There’s too many weak men­tal- ities,” said Ard­ley. “We’re bot­tom go­ing into the New Year and I’m will­ing to have a go at this and make sure we don’t go down. I need play­ers to show courage.

“I’ve de­fended the play­ers in the past and I’m not go­ing to de­fend them af­ter that.

“We think about what we have to do in train­ing, but ul­ti­mately when you get out on the pitch it takes us un­til we’re 2-0 down for any­one to show any courage.

“For 25 to 30 min­utes, there wasn’t one player who took re­spon­si­bil­ity for their per­for­mance.

“Not one player did their bit that they were asked to do be­fore the game.

“My­self and the coach­ing staff work hard all week but it’s out of our hands at a cer­tain point.”

Af­ter an open­ing half hour of lit­tle ac­tion the away side took the lead. A lovely de­fence split­ting pass from Pot­ter found Rigg who slammed his shot into the top cor­ner.

Soon af­ter the away side dou­bled their lead. Rigg turned provider this time as his cross found Pot­ter who nod­ded the ball over the line.

Wim­ble­don had a good spell early in the sec­ond half but failed to con­vert their chances.

Just over the hour mark United killed the game.



An­twi at­tempted to head back to his keeper, but Crad­dock was there to pounce on the pass-back to coolly slot past Sul­li­van for his 11th of the sea­son.

United’s af­ter­noon was soured as Con­sta­ble was sent off af­ter a clash with An­twi.

Ox­ford boss Chris Wilder was fu­ri­ous with ref­eree Lee Collins’ de­ci­sion.

“The ref got it wrong,” said Wilder. “The lads conned the ref­eree and he’s fallen for it hook, line and sinker.

“There was a bit of a coming to­gether and bit of ban­ter be­tween which, when I played, hap­pened all the time. You were al­ways wind­ing play­ers up and it’s part of the game. All they were do­ing was hav­ing a nip at each other.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing be­cause it was a really good per­for­mance. “There was a lot of good in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances.

“It’s an­other win and we’re a bit closer to where we want to be.”

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