Ardley: Don't call AFC Wimbledon unlucky

Tough day: Neal Ardley's side went down to a last-gasp winner at home to Bury on Saturday      SP81976

Tough day: Neal Ardley's side went down to a last-gasp winner at home to Bury on Saturday SP81976

First published in AFC Wimbledon by , Reporter

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley refused to call his side unlucky after they went down to a 94th minute winner at home to Bury.

Dons, having now lost four on the bounce and failing to score in the last three, have dropped to 16th and are starting to look precariously at the League Two table.

Ardley said: “Some people would say we were unlucky, but I don’t like that word.

“At the moment it’s happening too often, we were unlucky last week, we were unlucky at Oxford, we were unlucky today.

"It’s not unlucky. It’s not seeing it out, doing your job, and staying focused."

He added: “The game is about both ends of the pitch and for large parts we were the better team, for large parts we were the team looking like we were going to win the game and we created chances.

“But the longer the game goes on at 0-0, the more you start thinking, and then we didn’t take the warning signs from the first one when they got in and hit the bar, and then we got sucker punched.”

Wimbledon had 15 efforts on goal to Bury’s seven, and seven on target to their two, but ultimately they were not clinical enough.

“It’s not like we are tactically naïve,” Ardley said.

“It’s poor play, but it’s happened and we’ve been punished for it.

“I’d be stunned if 1-0 to them was a fair results – I felt it was a smash and grab. I thought we were the better team – most of their shots would have come in the last 15 minutes when we lost our way.”

Danny Hylton, playing against his former club, had most of the chances.

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The on-loan forward however was unable to beat his former team-mate, 38-year-old Brian Jensen in the Bury goal.

His best effort, just shy of the hour-mark, came when he spun on the edge of the area and lashed the ball towards the bottom corner, but the former Burnley keeper got down and tipped it wide.

“It’s one of them where we did everything but win the game,” Ardley said.

“It’s hard because the performance level of the team was by and large good but we’ve lost the game and I can’t take any consolation from it.”


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