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Neal on Plymouth draw

27 February 2013

The boss praises his side for extending their unbeaten run

Neal Ardley said that his players had to dig deep for a point against a spirited challenge from bottom of the table Plymouth Argyle.

The Wimbledon manager praised his side for battling back after a bright start from John Sheridan’s men in the first-half.

Speaking to Dons Player, Neal Ardley said: “I told the boys before the game that this would be the hardest game of the last four, it always is when you are playing teams down the bottom. I thought that John Sheridan was very brave in the way that they played. They tried to catch us on the counter-attack and they certainly looked dangerous in the first-half.

“It was an important game for us not to lose, even though we are trying to take the fear of losing away from the boys. It was probably a fair result, even though Kevin Sainte-Luce had a half chance to win it at the end. I am pleased with the boys because we are battered and bruised at the moment.”

Wimbledon’s Harry Pell encapsulated the fighting spirit as he battled through a knock he suffered during the pre-match warm-up to score the equaliser – and his first goal for the club.

With his squad having been weakened by illness and injuries, Neal Ardley was pleased with the effort and commitment shown against Plymouth.

“Our boys dug in as we had players carrying illness,” he added. “I do not want to use tiredness as an excuse, but we had to dig deep to get a result. We did not have that freshness in our performance. The boys are giving everything and that is all you can ask for at the moment. They are mentally strong at the moment and that was an old fashioned match between two teams at the bottom with both sides giving their all.”

  Dons Player subscribers can now watch the video interview with Neal Ardley on our premium site and the thoughts of Harry Pell tomorrow. 

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