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

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Premier League: Queens Park look for result against Arsenal, Rio Ferdinand in selection contention

Queens Park's Harry Redknapp says Rio Ferdinand could be back in the team the squad is rotated through festive period.

Premier League: Nemanja Matic says Chelsea can win quadruple

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues can win the quadruple this season.

Ronald Koeman facing selection crisis ahead of Southampton's match against Everton

Harrison Reed's impressive display against Everton has given Ronald Koeman a selection dilemma.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property