Derry in the dumps as Dons run riot

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Michael McCann

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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