Dons do not lis­ten to ad­vice says Neal

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Dan Brett

FRUS­TRATED AFC Wim­ble­don boss Neal Ard­ley says his play­ers need to start lis­ten­ing to his half­time team talks af­ter be­ing downed by Portsmouth.

Ryan Tay­lor’s header for Pom­pey on 51 min­utes proved to be the win­ner in a poor of­fer­ing at Frat­ton Park.

And de­spite an added­time on­slaught from Dons’ de­fend­ers Alan Ben­nett and Dar­ren Jones, Ard­ley was left an­gry at his troops’ in­abil­ity to carry out sim­ply in­struc­tions.

He said: “Quite frankly, I don’t know why I give team talks some­times be­cause, quite ev­i­dently, my side have come out af­ter the break and have not taken on board what I’ve told them – it’s quite frus­trat­ing from where I’m stand­ing.

“We had some ex­cel­lent chances late on but it was too lit­tle, too late. We had an ex­cel­lent share of the pos­ses­sion and, I think, cre­ated the bet­ter chances but we failed to make our pos­ses­sion count and ul­ti­mately we have been pun­ished.

“We didn’t de­serve to lose but you don’t win just by keep­ing the ball well.”

The match kicked off with an early Dons penalty shout af­ter just one minute, as Sonny Bradley brought down Danny Hyl­ton.

On the fol­low up Char­lie Wyke nar­rowly missed his shot, drag­ging just wide of Trevor Carson’s left up­right.

Tay­lor broke the dead- lock for Pom­pey on 51 min­utes with a fine far­post header from Daniel Alfei’s low cross, which sailed into the bot­tom-left hand cor­ner.

Ben­nett had an ex­cel­lent chance to pull his side level, only to see his header from two yards par­ried well by Carson.

Dons con­tin­ued to mount pres­sure on the hosts, and could have snatched a late point through Ben­nett’s spec­tac­u­lar over­head kick, but his shot sailed inches over Carson’s cross­bar. The vis­i­tors then al­most scram­bled home the equaliser deep into stop­page time, as a goal­mouth scram­ble ended with Luke Moore’s shot cleared off the line by an out­stretched Chor­ley.

Pom­pey boss Richie Barker, though, praised his side’s work on the train­ing pitch as they saw out a vi­tal win.

He said: “We’ve been work­ing hard all week and that has paid off.

“There were some ar­eas that we spoke of col­lec­tively and a lot of the play­ers had ad­mit­ted that they had not re­alised their er­rors, but they put it right. We’re happy with the win. De­spite a cou­ple of er­rors, Therry Ra­con was one of our best per­form­ers.

“Mon­day morn­ing will cer­tainly be a lot more en­joy­able.”

STAR MAN RICKY HOLME

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