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Neal: a classic away win

7 September 2013

A performance full of different qualities

praised his side’s fighting spirit and resilience after they moved up to third spot in League 2 with victory at York City today.Neal Ardley 

that his side showed qualities that had perhaps been missing so far this season.Dons PlayerThe Wimbledon manager told

“It was a classic away victory,” said Neal Ardley. “We talked to the players during the week and we knew that it was not going to be a free-flowing match; we had to do the ugly side of things first. I had talked about that a lot lately and we came here and put in a solid team performance. I am not going to build it up anything other than that. We limited them to very few chances.

“The boys put their shifts in and worked hard. I thought we lacked a bit of energy and tempo in the first-half, but in the second-half I thought we upped our levels and we were comfortable in the end.”

’s clincher and Neal Ardley believes that shows he has assembled a quality squad this season.Michael Smith’s impact as a second-half substitute proved crucial for Wimbledon as he provided the assist for Chris Arthur

“I see lots of options for us and you are almost itching to put a substitute on,” Neal added. “I am asking the players to put in a shift, but there is always the option to freshen it up. We saw that today with what Chris Arthur came on and did. It is about consistency now and racking up the points. I am very pleased because last week was a very good overall display, but this was a solid away performance.”

Dons Player subscribers can watch the full interview with Neal Ardley later this weekend, along with the thoughts of Harry Pell on Wimbledon’s great start to the season.

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