ANOTHER IBEHRE RESCUE ACT
“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.”
STAR MAN MICHA