GillsConnect News Desk

Dateline: WEDNESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2017

 
 

Meanwhile AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley felt his side gave everything they could but just lacked the final killer instinct. Ardley lamented that it was two points dropped but says he can't fault how the Dons played.


Ardley said he stripped back the tactics in a bid to speed his team up and it showed in the opening few minutes when Wimbledon shot out of the blocks in the first half.


Ardley commented, "I just said go and run hard, play free and put a tempo in the game. They did everything I asked. Some of the football was good. I looked up, it was 10 minutes and we should have had five. Credit to them they dug in but we will be beating ourselves up about that moment right on half time.”


Ardley added, "We paid for that 10 second spell from their long throw right on half time. That’s the bit that killed us. We've done everything that we could in the second half.

Pennock said: “I thought we showed a lot of courage and desire and they worked their socks off. I thought we deserved something from the game, I’m very pleased.”


The under-fire Gills boss continued, “We didn’t start very well at all which I was disappointed with but we dug in, we conceded the goal and then went down to ten men. We then scored before half-time and we regrouped.” Talking about the superb performance from goalkeeper Tomas Holy Pennock added, “I thought he was fantastic, top drawer. He’s learning the language and learning how to play football in this country.”

Talking about the positives, "We saw tonight a Wimbledon team play how they want to play, take the shackles off. I stripped any tactics back from tonight and picked a system and a formation and a team to run hard and play with intensity and press.”


Finally Wimbledon boss Ardley lamented, "It’s two points dropped we know that. I can't fault they way they played."