ARDLEY FUMES AT REF DISPLAY
NEAL Ardley believes poor decisions by referee Trevor Kettle cost AFC Wimbledon three points against promotion contenders Wycombe Wanderers at The Cherry Red Records Stadium.
Craig Tanner had a headed goal disallowed shortly after the break when Adebayo Akinfenwa was judged to have fouled Aaron Pierre.
Ardley also feels his side were denied a penalty a few minutes later when Akinfenwa was brought down in the penalty area.
Ardley said: “We win the game today if the referee makes the right decisions.The foul on Bayo is the most stonewall penalty I’ve ever seen.
“I’ve been in to see the ref and told him in a nice way it’s the worst decision he’ll ever make and he said he’ll have a look at it but how you don’t give a penalty, I don’t know.
“The goal he disallows, you watch Bayo and Aaron Pierre and couldn’t tell who was fouling who. Bayo’s stronger, wins the header and we score.”
The Dons manager went on to highlight how he and other League Two managers have not been happy with the standard of refereeing throughout this campaign.
He added: “This season more than ever I’ve felt the standard of refereeing has been at its worst.
“I’ve got to be careful what I say but I know a lot of other managers feel the same way.”
Despite being held to a draw, Wycombe have the best away record in the league this season. Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth insists his side are still in the driving seat for promotion and was proud of the spirit shown by his players.
Ainsworth said: “We’re still the ones to catch. They have to pass us before they can consider themselves as promotion candidates.
“At the moment we’re ok. We’re still in third place and it’s a great battling point for us today.
“We’re stretched to the limit here and it’s going to be tough next week to get everybody ready, but the spirit we’ve shown has been fantastic.
“Four players were playing out of position today so to get a point away at a tough place to come, I am really proud of the players everyone of them gave everything and so did the fans.”
The Chairboys boss also praised the achievements of his team this season and believes there could still be some twists and turns in the race for the third automatic promotion place.
He added: “For this club to have made the play-offs is an absolutely unbelievable achievement after last season.
“Whether we can do it or not we’ll see. We’ve got a huge game against Morecombe and hopefully there will be a few twists and turns yet.”
Wanderers can secure promotion with wins against Morecombe and Northampton Town in their remaining fixtures.
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