Derry in the dumps as Dons run riot
SHAUN DERRY felt his side gave their worst performance of his reign as play-off contenders Cambridge’s six-game unbeaten run was ended by ruthless Wimbledon.
The sides exchanged headed goals from corners in the opening half as Paul Robinson put the visitors ahead early before Luke Berry equalised. But the Dons cut loose after the break, a smart finish from Lyle Taylor putting them ahead midway through before he set up Jon Meades for the third.
Substitute Adebayo Azeez also notched late to stretch the Dons’ unbeaten away run to seven games and leave Derry feeling gutted.
“I am really disappointed with the performance, it was by far the worst under my tenure,” he said.
“We’ve got to take our medicine from this and bounce back as we were comfortably second best.
“I am hurting. This is a tough and bitter pill to swallow. We’ve enjoyed the highs recently but today is part of the lows of being a footballer.
“Credit to Wimbledon, they put us under pressure and deserved the win. We’ve enjoyed the plaudits and winning in the last few weeks and now we must take the criticism that is due.”
Wimbledon took the lead in the tenth minute when a burst down the left from Taylor won a corner. George Francomb’s inswinging set-piece was headed in by defender Robinson unmarked from six yards.
Robbie Simpson blazed over five minutes later from the edge of the area as the home side tried to find a reply.
And Cambridge equalised in the 26th minute when Luke Berry headed in a left-footed corner from Harrison Dunk from six yards.
Chances were rare until the 64th minute, when Dons captain Barry Fuller crossed for Taylor, who finished neatly before unpleasantly goading opposing goalkeeper Sam Beasant.
Wimbledon then scored twice inside the last 15 minutes through Meades after a set-piece was not cleared, and substitute Azeez rounding the goalkeeper.
Manager Neal Ardley said: “It doesn’t get much better than that. For a while that we have been battering some teams and not finishing them off but out there we have.
“When it went 1-1 the message was, ‘Don’t let the officials or the opposition spoil what we need to do’, and we came through on that.
“In the second half there was only one team that were going to win. We were breathtaking.
“Lyle is important and what we’ve brought to his game is work-rate, which has been phenomenal. He is not a selfish forward and has added the goals to it.”
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