‘Fearless’ Dons are loving life on road
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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