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Neal on Brentford test

2 September 2013

Dons boss eager to make up for Millwall exit

is planning to make changes for tomorrow night’s match at Brentford, but the Wimbledon manager insists that he is taking the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie very seriously.Neal Ardley 

, Neal Ardley is determined to ensure there is no repeat of his side’s tame exit from the Capital One Cup at Millwall in August.Dons PlayerSpeaking to Rob Cornell on

“I look at the players that have been coming off the bench for us recently and they have played a big part in our wins,” Neal said. “I have been really pleased with them and it is maybe a chance to have a look at one or two of those starting. I do not know what my best 11 is and we will probably freshen it up a bit. There are a few players with niggles, but the make-up of the team will consist of first-teamers.

“I was disappointed at Millwall; we never really had a go at it. It was not the way that we set-up as a team, but it was more about the passive performance that we put in. We want to go out there tomorrow night and put in a determined and aggressive performance. If we do that and we lose then so be it.”

today returned to first-team training after shrugging off a hamstring injury, but he will not be risked by manager Neal Ardley.Alan Bennett

The Dons boss is full of admiration for League 1 promotion contenders Brentford, but he expects his side to give them a run for their money tomorrow night.

birthday yesterday. “If I was allowed to have a bet then I would back them to win League 1 – that is how highly I regard them. I would think they will probably make a few changes, but they will be bringing in quality. They have the likes of Jake Reeves, who was here last season on loan, and I am massive fan of his.st“It will be tough because we are playing against a team that should be pushing for promotion in the league above,” added Neal, who celebrated his 41

“I always talk about high performance levels and we have to ensure that if Brentford do get something then they have to work hard for it.”

Dons Player susbcribers can now watch the full video interview with Neal Ardley on our premium site, along with highlights of Saturday’s Fleetwood win, and the thoughts of Rhys Weston on tomorrow’s tie at Brentford.


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