Ardley sets 60-point target

Neal Ardley has challenged AFC Wimbledon to secure their best ever League Two finish after coming from behind to draw 2-2 with Newport.

Last Updated: 18/04/14 at 19:31

Neal Ardley: Sets Dons challenge

Neal Ardley: Sets Dons challenge

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Newport took the lead through Chris Zebroski's fine half-volley from 20 yards after 16 minutes and Michael Flynn's penalty doubled the advantage shortly after the break.

But the Dons hit back quickly when George Francomb's free-kick was deflected in by Kwesi Appiah before Francomb himself levelled up the scores with a deflected strike after 69 minutes

The draw moved the Dons up to 53 points and though they remain one place behind Newport with little left to play for in mid-table, boss Ardley has issued his players with a challenge.

"I want to finish the season strong now. I've challenged my players to do what no one at this club has done before," said Ardley.

"We want to finish with 60 points so the fans can look at it and say we may have had our ups and downs, but look where we've ended up.

"We've got two and a half weeks left now before a six-week break and we'll go as hard as we can go.

"It's a good point after the way we played in the first half and from being 2-0 down. We should never have been there after the way we played in the first half. I thought we could have been 3-0 down at half-time.

"But we have got a bunch of players who have got a bit of character about them.

"As much as we'd like to score the first goal we fought back well."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Italy 1-1 England: Andros Townsend equaliser keeps Roy Hodgson's side unbeaten this season

Substitute Andros Townsend rescued England's unbeaten post-World Cup record as his late goal in Turin earned a 1-1 draw.

Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy step up Arsenal comebacks

Jack Wilshere scored as he stepped up his comeback from injury against a Brentford XI at Arsenal's training ground on Tuesday.

England's Andros Townsend happy to silence critics with equaliser in Italy

Andros Townsend was delighted to repay Roy Hodgson's faith with the equalising goal as England drew in Italy on Tuesday.

Mail Box

Why Do Arsenal Have So Many 'Internet Warriors'?

The Mailbox has an open letter from Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, questions Phil Jones' bulldog spirit and asks: "Why do Arsenal have so many "internet warriors?"

It's All Just A Ruse By The 'Southern Press'...

A varied Tuesday morning Mailbox, with thoughts on the England U21s, a Sterling ruse, Kane realism, Wenger coaching youth and enjoying the charity match...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company