Moore to con­sider the kids af­ter loss

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Sam Thomas

RON­NIE Moore ad­mit­ted he could have no com­plaints as Hartle­pool suf­fered a third straight loss, this time go­ing down at AFC Wim­ble­don.

First-half goals from Callum Kennedy and Lyle Tay­lor proved enough as the home side racked up a third straight win.

As for Hartle­pool, man­ager Moore in­sisted their poor run didn’t de­serve to come to an end at Kingsmeadow.

“It was a frus­trat­ing start and there’s noth­ing in the game, then once the goal goes in we look like we are go­ing to go down,” Moore said.

“We are de­fend­ing deep, but never passed it, never looked like we are go­ing to score and the hold-up play wasn’t good enough.

“We tended to go too deep, strik­ers gave the ball away too eas­ily and we were un­der the cosh in the first half. There were too many dis­ap­point­ing play­ers out there, we have to do some­thing about it.We say about bring­ing kids in, but at least you might get en­ergy.

“Ev­ery set-play they are send­ing the big lads up and it’s ask­ing for trou­ble.”

Af­ter a fast start from the home side, Kennedy’s free-kick eluded ev­ery­one in the box to give the Dons the lead on 18 min­utes – his first ever AFC Wim­ble­don goal.

Trevor Car­son then pulled off a bril­liant fin­ger­tip save to deny Ge­orge Fran­comb, who had cut in from the right.

But Tay­lor dou­bled the home side’s lead with his fourth goal in three games, fir­ing a half vol­ley in off the post.

Car­son bril­liantly de­nied Ade Azeez and Tay­lor from close range af­ter the break. Then the Dons were awarded a penalty with 15 min­utes left when Kudus Oyenuga brought down Tay­lor.

But Tay­lor’s penalty crashed against the post and straight at Dan­nie Bul­man, whose shot on the re­bound drew an ex­cel­lent re­ac­tion save from Car­son. Adebayo Ak­in­fenwa had a header ruled out for off­side from the re­sult­ing cor­ner.

Wim­ble­don man­ager Neal Ard­ley said: “I think we’ve got some of the best play­ers in the league and at the mo­ment the co­he­sion in the team, the work rate for each other, know­ing each other’s strengths is su­perb.

“In the past, per­haps at times we haven’t taken our chances but here we scored two good goals and the boys are in a good mo­ment, we’ve just got to keep it go­ing.

“I thought the dis­al­lowed goal was harsh. It sums up what hap­pens with Bayo, he’s the strong­est player in the league and he gets pulled up for be­ing the strong­est player in the league. It’s like stop­ping a quick player run­ning in be­hind, pulling him up and giv­ing a free-kick ev­ery time he out­paces some­one.”


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