ARDLEY ATTACKS GARETH’S TACTICS
NEAL ARDLEY has launched a stinging attack on Wycombe Wanderers and their manager Gareth Ainsworth.
In a heated meeting between the clubs last week, the Wimbledon manager and his Chairboys counterpart – who played together for the old club in their Premier League days – had running battles throughout a tense 90 minutes.
The League Two game ended 1-1 thanks to a late leveller from Wimbledon’s Ade Azeez but the former Dons team-mates weren’t happy.
Ardley accused Wycombe of “playing for free-kicks” and in his programme notes before Tuesday’s game with Dagenham & Redbridge, the Kingsmeadow boss took it a stage further.
He said: “Saturday’s game was almost too much to take. The referee didn’t help us, but it’s hard when every time you touch the opposition players they scream and go down.
“If it’s not them, it’s their bench. I said to Gareth afterwards that watching them all appeal for something was at times like watching a Mexican wave.
“Gareth doesn’t have a big budget and they have a way of playing, which makes it difficult.”
There could be no excuses for the Dons on Tuesday night – defeat at home to bottom club Dagenham & Redbridge, winless since early September, continued the promotion-chasers’ miserable record against struggling sides in Ardley’s three years at the helm.
“The worse that we would have expected was to come away with a 0-0,” he said. “The goals we conceded were riddled with ridiculous things but we did not do enough right.”
ACCUSED: Gareth Ainsworth
HEATED: Neal Ardley