‘Fear­less’ Dons are lov­ing life on road

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Leigh Cur­tis

NEAL Ard­ley says his AFC Wim­ble­don team are play­ing “with­out fear” as their re­mark­able away record con­tin­ued at Notts County.

The Dons recorded a fourth straight win and made it seven un­beaten on the road at Meadow Lane with a per­for­mance which makes them look a good bet for the play-offs.

Af­ter Blair Adams hit the post for the Mag­pies, Tom El­liott struck a won­der­ful opener in the ninth minute be­fore Andy Bar­cham wrapped up the vic­tory.

Ard­ley, whose side are now in the top seven, was full of praise for his play­ers for a dis­play which he said was as good as he has seen since he took charge.

“The squad is in a good place at the mo­ment, it doesn’t need too much coach­ing be­cause all the play­ers know their roles,” he said.

“We’ve worked on that since the start of the sea­son.

“And the per­for­mance the play­ers de­liv­ered was as good as I’ve seen since I’ve been at the club.

“We al­ways do our home­work on the op­po­si­tion, but we have no fear at the mo­ment.

“I said to them af­ter the game that all we have to do is just keep it go­ing for as long as pos­si­ble.

“We trust the en­ergy and legs in the team, we trust we can com­mit to at­tacks but we are spot on with our tran­si­tion.

“When you have got a threat like we have with the strik­ers, the en­ergy in mid­field and the ex­peri- ence at the back, we’ve got mo­men­tum.

“We are in a good place, but just when you think you have cracked it some­thing can come back and bite you.”

De­spite heavy in­vest­ment in the sum­mer, Notts are strug­gling in con­trast hav­ing sacked man­ager Ri­cardo Moniz ear­lier this month.

Jamie Fullar­ton made an im­pres­sive start as his suc­ces­sor by se­cur­ing vic­tory over Craw­ley last week­end but felt Adams hit­ting the post early on was a cru­cial point in the game.

“Ma­jor in­ci­dents in games change how they pan out,” he said.

“They scored a fan­tas­tic goal af­ter about ten min­utes.

“It took the wind out of our sails a lit­tle bit be­cause we had been play­ing with a good bit of in­ten­sity.

“We had a good pos­i­tive ac­tion in ev­ery­thing we did, but some­times you just have to hold you hands up.

“It was a fan­tas­tic goal by them so you have to give them credit.

“It had an im­pact on us. It took us time to get go­ing again, but as the se­cond half be­gan we got into the as­cen­dancy again.

“We never re­ally cre­ated clear-cut chances, but the in­tent was there to win the game.When you are push­ing you are open to the counter at­tack and the se­cond goal was a bit of a sucker punch.”



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