"Deserved win" over Wycombe did not happen, but let's not wallow in self pity says Dons boss

Chin up: Ardley has no time for wallowing in self-pity

Chin up: Ardley has no time for wallowing in self-pity

First published in Sport Wimbledon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley refused to let his players feel sorry for themselves after missing out on a “deserved win” over Wycombe Wanderers.

Paul McCallum struck twice to overhaul Jo Kuffour’s fortunate deflected opener, only for Matt McClure to equalise with 20 minutes to go to steal a 2-2 win.

With this weekend’s League Two clash at Accrington Stanley already falling foul of the weather, Ardley does not his charges wallowing in self-pity in the run up to Thursday’s visit of leaders Port Vale.

He said: “We were the better team against Wycombe – our 16 attempts on goal compared with their six tells a story.

“We started poorly for 10 minutes but once we went behind, we raised our game. All in all, we deserved a win.

“There were a number of things that contributed to their goals – there was a catalogue of four or five little things that led to the moment where they scored.

“The opener deflected off Will [Antwi], and the second goal came from a needless free-kick given away and a poor first clearance.

“We got our positioning reasonably right, we cleared the ball, their guy gets to it and it comes off his shin and goes in the corner.”

He added: “There were a number of things that went against us and you think how unlucky was that but I want to get away from that, I don’t want to feel sorry for myself and I don’t want the team to do the same.

“I told them not to pat themselves on the back and say we played well, I want them to come off the pitch saying we didn’t win and that is not good enough, and I am trying to create that mentality.

“As much as we played well and it was a positive sign on the back of the two wins it still was not good enough.”

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