Ardley relief at first win for his ever-improving Dons

Wimbledon Guardian: Get in there: Under pressure from Stacy Long, Gerry Kenneth puts the ball into his own net for the opening goal        KT71306 Get in there: Under pressure from Stacy Long, Gerry Kenneth puts the ball into his own net for the opening goal KT71306

Neal Ardley admitted he was pleased to get his first win as AFC Wimbledon manager after a dominant 3-1 League Two win over Bristol Rovers last night (Tuesday).

In front of a vociferous crowd at Kingsmeadow, Dons stormed into a 3-0 lead inside 30 minutes.

A Garry Kenneth own goal kicked off the onslaught, followed by Rashid Yussuff's clean finish off George Francomb's flick on, and it ended with Yussuff scoring direct from a free-kick.

Rovers' late consolation from Tom Eaves was spectacular but against the run of play, and the travelling fans soon stopped cheering when Tom Parkes was sent off for a second yellow - the Rovers man could face further sanctions after pointing his finger in the referee's face during his protests.

But the night belonged to Ardley's men. He said: "It's good to get that first win otherwise these things can run and run.

"And it also proves to the lads that the changes we're making do actually work - they don't go away thinking we're talking rubbish."

Dons face a tougher test this weekend when League Two leaders Gillingham pay a visit.

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