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Neal's Dartford verdict

7 July 2013

Dons boss on Wimbledon's first pre-season match

said that Wimbledon’s display at Dartford left plenty of things to work on during training next week.Neal Ardley 

The Wimbledon manager was pleased with aspects of his side’s performance in the 2-2 draw as he aims to implement a new style of play during pre-season.

, Neal Ardley said: “I am a little bit disappointed to be honest. I thought there were lots of positives, particularly with the way we controlled the game for periods during the first and second half. Our first goal was very good with the way that we worked the move in the build-up. We did not quite function as a team in the second-half though and the tempo was not as good. That was disappointing, but there will be plenty of ups and downs at this stage.Dons PlayerHowever, speaking to

“Though we did not function as well as I would have liked, the good thing is that we can take the reasons why and we can show the boys during the next week. We expected this sort of thing at this stage, but I am disappointed because I want them to win every game.”

Jim Fenlon’s well executed goal provided the undoubted highlight of the match at Princes Park and Neal says his performance showed that he can fit in with his aim of pushing the full-backs further forward next season.

“We want our full-backs to try and join in the play further forward and Jim has certainly got the ability to do that,” Neal added. “It was a lovely move and a great first goal for us. In the second-half Callum Kennedy put some good crosses in when he got forward and Tom Beere too on the other side. The youngsters are learning all the time and you can make mistakes in pre-season and it does not matter so much. The young lads have done really well in training with the first-team players and they have certainly not let us down in the match today.”

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