A points de­duc­tion is pos­si­ble for Dons

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Joel Lamy To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

NEAL Ard­ley ad­mits he kept his Wim­ble­don play­ers in the dark over a pos­si­ble points de­duc­tion next week.

The Dons face a dis­ci­plinary com­mis­sion on Mon­day for field­ing Jake Ni­chol­son in­el­i­gi­bly last month.

Ard­ley’s troops suc­cumbed to late first-half goals from Jack Red­shaw and Jamie De­vitt, along­side a stop­page-time penalty from Padraig Amond, which pre­served More­cambe’s League Two sta­tus.

And Ard­ley, who gave goal­keeper Seb Brown a send-off in front of the home fans, ac­knowl­edged the im­pend­ing com­mis­sion had af­fected him per­son­ally.

“I didn’t let the play­ers know for a num­ber of rea­sons – I wasn’t sure how some of them would have han­dled it,” he said.

“It wasn’t some­thing we wanted to be pub­lic knowl­edge and for the op­po­si­tion to know that a points’ de­duc­tion could be the case.

“We’ve talked about ev­ery per­mu­ta­tion. Be­tween me and the staff in the train­ing we re­ally de­cided to crank ev­ery­thing up and drive the play­ers home.

“The play­ers have now put two and two to­gether. For in­stance, some of my team talks – such as be­fore Southend, be­fore Ply­mouth - they thought I was over the top.

“It’s been flat this week, I think it’s taken its toll. I’m cer­tainly very drained and tired from it.

“We looked at the team we picked and one or two who could play rolls next sea­son and who can’t and you learn a bit all the time.”

More­cambe took the lead on 43 min­utes when Red­shaw pounced on a loose ball in the area to round Brown and score.

A minute later, he cap­i­talised on Dar­ren Jones’ slip to set up strike-part­ner De­vitt for a close-range fin­ish.

And sub­sti­tute Amond’s late penalty rounded off the win which pro­longed More­cambe’s stay in the di­vi­sion af­ter a first win in ten games.

“It’s been a dif­fi­cult few weeks for us but you have to take the ups and downs in foot­ball. These things will only make me a bet­ter man­ager,” said boss Jim Bent­ley.

“We’ve got learn from this and we have a lot of young lads who will only get bet­ter.

“We’ve been un­lucky with in­juries but you can’t use that as an ex­cuse. The last three or four weeks have been a nightmare and they’ve re­ally taken their toll on my whole life.

“I’ve not been nice to live with.

“But I’m al­ready look­ing for­ward to next week and see­ing if we can match our points to­tal from last sea­son which would be an un­be­liev­able achieve­ment for a club like us.”


AW Moreca


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