An update from Neal Ardley
before selecting his squad for Saturday’s home match against Accrington Stanley.Kevin Sainte-Luce and Andy Framptonwill tomorrow check on the fitness of Neal Ardley
has trained this week after suffering a shoulder injury against Northampton Town and he is fit to play.Sammy MooreBoth Frampton (back) and Sainte-Luce will be assessed ahead of the visit of Stanley, but
ahead of Saturday’s match, Neal says he has made a point of stressing the positives of his side’s season so far to the players at training, rather than dwelling on two successive defeats.Dons PlayerIn his interview for
“The players have trained well all week and now I am looking for a response,” Neal said. “I know that the staff and the fans will have been disappointed by last Saturday, but having watched the video footage back of the match I thought we were excellent for the first 20 minutes. We moved the ball around well and speaking to Northampton’s staff afterwards, they were fearful that if we scored the first then that would be it. However, we did not get that first goal and then we switched off for their goal. Last season we had spells after the other team scored when we lost our way and that is another thing that I have to talk to the players about.
“I have said to the players this week though that I would not swap our team for theirs and that is a positive. We need to make sure that we put it to bed and focus on the next game. I think the most important thing when you have a defeat is to reflect on it and take it on the chin. Now we have to make sure that our performance levels are high on Saturday.”
Dons Player subscribers can now watch an in-depth video interview with Neal, which includes an update about Charlie Strutton’s current situation and his views on Wimbledon’s youngsters after Tuesday’s Surrey County Cup win.