Barnet’s away day mishaps continue
GET the performances right and the results will look after themselves is the mantra being followed by AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley.
Goals at either end of the match from Lyle Taylor and substitute Sean Rigg handed Ardley’s side all three points against a lacklustre Barnet.
It could have been even worse for the visitors but Barnet keeper Max Crocombe guessed the right way to save George Francomb’s first-half penalty, while he also pulled off saves from Adebayo Azeez and Taylor.
It means Wimbledon have now lost just once in eight league games, although Ardley insists it is the efforts of his players which leave him most impressed.
“Everyone who has been to the majority of our games can see we can be the better team,” he said.
“We have only lost one in the last eight, the results are the results, it is the performances that I look at.
“Going into the break 1-0 up we know what Barnet were going to do after half-time. I thought we defended well.
“The whole back four were great. Paul Robinson was amazing, he won the aerial balls and kept defending well.
“He was feeling it after playing three games in a week but he performed well and is a player others can learn from.
“It wasn’t the sharpest game of football and we should have won in midweek but it was important to get the four points this week.”
It was Barnet who created the first opening when John Akinde sent in a leftfooted shot, but James Shea was equal to the task.
Three minutes later the hosts were in front as Taylor finished from close range following Francomb’s clever pass.
The latter had a chance to extend the lead against his former side following a foul by Michael Nelson on Azeez, but Crocombe went to his left to save.
And with the Barnet keeper up field in search of a late equaliser from a corner, the Dons broke and Rigg knocked into an empty net.
“The away record is slightly worrying, we had a great away record last year in the Conference. It is something we have to work on,” said Barnet boss Martin Allen, whose side have not won away in the Football League in 30 months.
“I thought it was a disappointing performance, I do not think we deserved anything from the game.
“It is not very often I say we did not perform to our best, it has certainly given me something to think about.
“We have got a good group of players but perhaps the three games in one week has cost us.
“I am looking forward to Monday getting back on the pitch and hopefully we can get back to the performances we are known to see.”