Ardley holds survival hope

Neal Ardley insists AFC Wimbledon's second-half showing in their 2-2 draw at Gillingham gives him hope they can avoid the drop.

Last Updated: 20/04/13 at 20:57

Neal Ardley: Buoyed by his side's performance

Neal Ardley: Buoyed by his side's performance

The Gills only needed a point to seal the League Two title and established a comfortable advantage inside 23 minutes thanks to Deon Burton's neat volley and a header from former Dons striker Danny Kedwell.

However, Jack Midson halved the deficit with 25 minutes remaining and Jonathan Meades then slotted home a late equaliser for the relegation-threatened Dons.

It leaves the club in the drop zone going into their final-day clash at home to Fleetwood, just one point from safety with as many as seven sides battling for survival.

"I thought there was only going to be one winner at the end," Ardley said. "All we needed was one ball dropping to the right player at the right time, but ultimately the players gave it all they could.

"At this stage of the season it would have been great if we had got all three points, but it was always going to be a tough call because playing the champions away from home is not easy.

"I'm really disappointed with the first half, we worked so hard all week looking at how we were going to go about the game, and then we did completely the opposite.

"We changed the shape for the second half, we stirred them up and to be completely honest, I couldn't have asked for any more than the response we got.

"If we can play like we did after the break next week, we can stay up. I still believe that even though we've only picked up a couple of points in the last few games, we've not been playing badly."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

nd yet... Jermain Defoe is still going to pronounce himself gobsmacked when he learns he hasn't made the England squad for the Euro qualifiers.

treeman1
Premier League Winners And Losers

W

e could release Diaby and then re-sign him when nobody else does and he would literally be like a new signing.

john matrix
The Machine Gossip

W

e pay the living wage, living wage, living wage, and that's the way we like it, we like it, we like it!!! Wooo ohhhh ooooohh

hump3.
All Premier League Clubs Should Be Paying Living Wage

Footer 365

Jonny Evans denies spitting at Papiss Cisse

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has denied spitting at Newcastle forward Papiss Cisse.

Coutinho, Fernandinho, Oscar, Willian and Filipe Luis named in Brazil squad

Philippe Coutinho among five Premier League players named in the Brazil squad for the friendlies with France and Chile.

Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis faint against Tottenham caused by vasovagal attack

We look at the reasons for Bafetimbi Gomis' collapse at White Hart Lane - and his history of fainting.

Mail Box

Have To Trust Managers On Mata

It's all very well bemoaning the lack of action for Juan Mata, but we have to trust the judgement of Van Gaal and Mourinho. Plus Martinez Out, and Leicester are doomed...

Should Gerrard Get In This Liverpool Side?

Never mind the long goodbye, should he actually get back into this excellent Liverpool side playing with pace? Mostly we talk Manchester United, though. It's good...

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