Ard­ley is wowed by ‘great’ away win

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ed El­liot

NEIL ARD­LEY re­fused to get car­ried away af­ter his in-form AFC Wim­ble­don closed in on the play-off places with vic­tory at Bar­net.

Se­cond-half goals from Lyle Tay­lor and sub­sti­tute Ade Azeez gave the Dons a sixth win in seven games to move them to within a point of the top seven.

Bees sub­sti­tute Mathew Stevens set up a tense fin­ish with his first se­nior goal two min­utes from time, but Wim­ble­don held on to en­sure a happy trip home across Lon­don.

Ard­ley said:“When I looked at the home league ta­ble they were third so they don’t lose many here, they ex­pect to win.

“We played well, we de­fended well for most parts and it’s a great away win.

“I thought all the teams in and around us would win, and they did. We haven’t moved league po­si­tion and I’m not caught up with that, we’ve chalked an­other three points off the list.

“Let’s just en­joy it, keep go­ing, en­joy try­ing to chalk th­ese points up on the board and, if we don’t make the play-offs, we’re go­ing to have had a good sea­son any­way.”

The Dons be­gan the brighter of the teams and de­fender Jon Meades saw his early header from Ge­orge Fran­comb’s cor­ner re­pelled by Bees ‘keeper Jamie Stephens.

Mid­fielder Andy Bar­cham was the next to go close when his dip­ping half-vol­ley rip­pled the side-net­ting, while Stephens pro­duced an­other ex­cel­lent stop to deny striker Tom El­liott.

The vis­i­tors made their dom­i­nance count within a minute of the restart when top-scorer Tay­lor latched on to Ryan Sweeney’s long ball and calmly found the bot­tom left cor­ner.

Bees sub­sti­tute Shaun Batt and cap­tain Andy Yi­adom threat­ened equalis­ers only to be de­nied by goal­keeper Kelle Roos, be­fore Azeez looked to have put the re­sult be­yond doubt when he tapped in Fran­comb’s cen­tre with five min­utes left.

Stevens had other ideas but the teenage for­ward’s close-range fin­ish proved to be too lit­tle too late, leav­ing Bees man­ager Martin Allen un­happy with his play­ers and promis­ing changes. “This place has been a fan­tas­tic home for us and I don’t say it very of­ten, they were bet­ter than us in far too many ar­eas,” he said.“They were stronger, more pow­er­ful, they had more hunger and you can very rarely say that against my Bar­net team.

“This team played very well last week at Da­gen­ham and they de­served a chance to play, but now changes will be made be­cause we are bet­ter than what we played.

“Our play­ers all work very hard to get a place in the team and if they don’t play well, then the play­ers out­side the team will play.”





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