ARD­LEY AT­TACKS GARETH’S TAC­TICS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Sam El­liott

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

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