Ardley relief at first win for his ever-improving Dons

Rampant Dons send Rovers packing and leave Ardley with a smile on his face

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

Two for you: The Rovers' keeper Neil Etheridge looks back forlornly as Rashid Yussuf makes it 2-0 KT71306

Yussuff at the double: Dons' third goal came courtesy of Rashid Yussuff's free-kick which sailed into the net untouched KT71306

Thumbs up: Neal Ardley was a happy man after his maiden win as Dons boss KT71306

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

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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