Ard­ley is adamant changes are afoot

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Paddy Din­ham To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

NEAL Ard­ley in­sisted changes would be made at AFC Wim­ble­don as they ended the sea­son with back-to-back de­feats af­ter los­ing at Ac­cring­ton.

A de­fen­sive mix-up al­lowed Kay­ode Ode­jayi to fire the hosts in front be­fore James Gray headed home two cor­ners to put Ac­cring­ton firmly in con­trol.

Jack Mid­son’s penalty and a Kwesi Ap­piah goal added an air of re­spectabil­ity to the score­line for the vis­i­tors but Ard­ley was fu­ri­ous and had no doubts about where to place the blame.

“I’m fed up of try­ing to come back. I felt that this was one of the rare times my play­ers were dis­hon­est,” he said.

“My team talk was about pride, about win­ning one-v-one bat­tles. We started okay but made a school­boy mis­take and folded.

“That’s not a re­flec­tion on the work me and my staff do. I hold my hands up a lot of the time but here me and my staff were let down.

“It’s easy to scrap and fight when you’re three­nil down and the op­po­si­tion are sit­ting back. It’s hap­pened too many times and it’s a weak men­tal­ity.

“It’s not a re­flec­tion of the good work we do on the train­ing ground and I’m go­ing to change that. I feel for the fans but I can’t keep mak­ing ex­cuses. I’ve got to change things and I will.”

The Dons de­fence switched off to hand Stan- ley the lead when Ode­jayi seized on Alan Ben­nett’s weak back­pass to power through and curl home his eighth of the sea­son.

Their lead was dou­bled when Gray steered Josh Win­dass’ cor­ner be­yond Ross Worner and his sec­ond, a car­bon copy two min­utes af­ter the restart, made the game safe for the hosts.

Mid­son pulled one back from the penalty spot af­ter Luke Joyce’s foul on Danny Hyl­ton and de­spite Ap­piah’s header sneak­ing over the line Stan­ley held on to fin­ish off with back-toback wins.

“I’ve not got a bad word to say about these boys,” said man­ager James Beat­tie.

“The re­cov­ery and the way they’ve come back from that level of ad­ver­sity, hav­ing four points af­ter 12 games and ev­ery­body writ­ing them off, has been in­cred­i­ble for ev­ery­one.

“I’m de­lighted with them be­cause they’ve worked so hard to get where they are and to be feel­ing how they are.

“I said to them that they’ve done them­selves and their fam­ily proud as well as the club.

“We started plan­ning for next sea­son about six weeks ago in terms of ear­mark­ing play­ers, de­cid­ing on which play­ers were go­ing to gain con­tracts and which play­ers to let go.”



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