The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

“Af­ter con­ced­ing eight goals in two games you do need to make a few ad­just­ments tac­ti­cally, but we won’t aban­don our phi­los­o­phy. It is a grad­ual change.

“They had a game plan and once they got that goal they shut up shop.

“Their goal­keeper must have had the ball in his hands for about 15 min­utes, it’s typ­i­cal Wim­ble­don – take that from some­one who used to play for them!”

Carlisle came close to open­ing the scor­ing when Jason Kennedy’s header came back off the in­side of the post, but the Dons found them­selves ahead against the run of play.

The lively Lyle Tay­lor found space on the right to fire in a teas­ing low cross which was met per­fectly by the on­rush­ing Bar­cham to sweep home.

Carlisle con­tin­ued to pres­surise but were for­tu­nate not to fall fur­ther be­hind when Tom El­liott scuffed his shot over the bar from eight yards.

And that let-off was to prove costly when Danny Grainger’s floated free-kick ended up at the feet of the lethal Ibehre and he drilled a low ef­fort past Shea into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Dons sub­sti­tute Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa wast­ing a glo­ri­ous late chance, but boss Neal Ard­ley was con­tent with the fi­nal out­come:

“A point is a point away from home, so we won’t com­plain.

“We fo­cussed a lot this week on get­ting our shape right with­out the ball be­cause it is a wide pitch and Carlisle have been caus­ing prob­lems for teams go­ing for­ward.

“We did a lot of things well, but to con­cede off a set-piece again is dis­ap­point­ing, and some­thing we will work on.

“If this team clicks, I know we will be at the right end of the ta­ble come May.”



S Carlisle


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