The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Aaron Fowler

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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