Bar­net’s away day mishaps con­tinue

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Sarah Don­nelly

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.”

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