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Neal praises battling Dons

4 September 2013

Wimbledon manager pleased with attacking play

took consolation from Wimbledon’s attacking play in defeat at Brentford and he believes his side were denied a clear penalty that could have turned the match.Neal Ardley 

, the Wimbledon manager was convinced that it was the right approach to go for it in the second-half and he praised his players for salvaging pride in the end.Dons PlayerSpeaking to

“I thought that going forward we looked very good and we were a threat all night,” said Neal. “If we were a bit gung-ho then I will take the rap for that. I am not going to criticise the players for it. We wanted to have a good go at it in the second-half and we pushed players forward to try and win the game. Within five minutes of the second-half we had two one-on-ones and what I thought was a stonewall penalty. If we had taken one of those chances and their player had been sent off then it could have been different.

“But within five minutes we had committed suicide and conceded two goals. After that we showed pride though. We have to take a lot of positives from coming to a club like Brentford and playing like we did tonight.”

will also have an ultrasound scan on Thursday as he has suffered pain following his return after a hernia operation.Will Antwi. Centre-back Chris Arthur (both hamstring) having been withdrawn, along with Kevin Sainte-Luce and Rhys WestonThe Dons boss says he will have to assess his squad options ahead of Saturday’s trip to York City with

“I think when we look back at the match there will be some poor defending that we need to eradicate,” he added. “It has been a bad night for us in terms of injuries. We will need to have a look at it on Thursday and prepare the best that we can for travelling up to York on Friday.”

Dons Player subscribers can watch the full video interview with Neal Ardley and we will tomorrow feature the thoughts of Sammy Moore on how Wimbledon can bounce back at York on Saturday.

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