Tay­lor’s red card frus­trates Dons boss

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Tim Mor­riss

BOTH man­agers were left suit­ably an­noyed af­ter Mans­field’s third suc­ces­sive 1-1 home draw ex­tended ten-man AFC Wim­ble­don’s un­beaten away record this sea­son.

A ter­rific 20-yard free­kick by Chris Cle­ments can­celled out Tom El­liott’s sixth-minute break­through for the visi­tors and from then on chances were at a pre­mium.

But Dons boss Neil Ard­ley was up­set that sub­sti­tute Lyle Tay­lor was red-carded in in­jury time af­ter a clash with Mans­field’s Nicky Hunt.

“The game has been spoiled by out­side in­flu­ences,” Ard­ley said.“Both man­agers are very frus­trated and dis­ap­pointed by some of the book­ings.

“If you are go­ing to book play­ers for cer­tain things you will be left with eight play­ers on the pitch. I said to the ref­eree at half­time,‘I guar­an­tee you will send one of our play­ers off,’ and I have been proved right.

“Two play­ers were tus­sling for the ball and Hunt has been caught by a flay­ing arm. How the ref­eree can see it I don’t know.We lost our way be­cause of the man in the mid­dle.

“We got in great po­si­tions, there was an in­tent there, but we couldn’t fin­ish them off.

“We played two up front, we didn’t come to park the bus.

“Af­ter the equaliser it be­came a war of at­tri­tion, a bitty game with two teams scrap­ping.We did more things right than the home team.”

Sean Rigg sliced wide from 20 yards af­ter a spell of early Wim­ble­don pres­sure be­fore El­liott struck, fir­ing un­der keeper Brian Jensen from 20 yards af­ter a flick from Ge­orge Fran­comb.

The livewire El­liott al­most dou­bled the ad­van­tage with a shot into the side-net­ting as the visi­tors dom­i­nated the open­ing 15 min­utes, spear­headed by the aerial abil­ity of burly striker Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa

he Stags lev­elled against the run of play in the 15th minute, Cle­ments curl­ing a 20-yard free-kick over the wall and into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Seven min­utes into the sec­ond half Reg­gie Lambe’s shot was headed off the line by Paul Robin­son as Mans­field soaked up pres­sure be­fore break­ing quickly.

At the other end, Rigg’s pow­er­ful drive was beaten away by the div­ing Jensen.

Mans­field man­ager Adam Mur­ray said:“It was a frus­trat­ing game that I never thought we were go­ing to lose but I never thought we were go­ing to win.

“We didn't show enough care or pen­e­tra­tion with the ball.

“When we did we went a bit long and we are bet­ter than that. The plus point was that for a team that's not quite click­ing at the mo­ment we have not lost.”


NTS Mansfi


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