Ardley is adamant changes are afoot
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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