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Neal salutes away display

12 September 2015

Manager said performance was "outstanding"

Neal Ardley was delighted with his side’s overall performance after the Dons struck back late on to earn a point at Yeovil.

During his post-match interview for Dons Player, Neal Ardley spoke positively about his team after Wimbledon dominated for long spells.

“One thing I always talk to the players about is that results are a by-product of your performances,” Neal said. “We always talk about what we are and we have worked all week on being good at what we do. I thought we were excellent and our performance levels all around the pitch were really good. We could have been 2-0 up inside the first 10 minutes. Jake Reeves also hit the post and the ball rolled across the goal line.

“We came in at half-time thinking that we had to keep at it. Second half we kept going, but it got to 75 minutes and we had hit the bar and had two or three other great chances. You start to think it is going to be one of those days, but you have to keep going and keep your performance levels high. The boys did that and eventually we got the goal. We possibly could have gone on and won it as we had two or three chances after that. I cannot criticise the boys because I thought we were outstanding today.

Sometimes you will play well and not get what you deserve. Today, we have drawn a game we should have won, but I was proud of the performance. I thought our fans saw a team that was exceptional at times. We could have lost 1-0 and a lot of fans would have been dissatisfied, but the team did not deserve that. I am pleased for everyone involved with the club that we will go home in good spirits.” “I often say to the players ‘let us keep working at producing a high level of performance and see how many points that will accumulate by the end of the season’.

Neal felt that Jake Reeves was at the heart of Wimbledon’s best moves and he was “immense” in midfield.

“Everyone sees things differently, but I know what I want from him and I think he is a superb player,” added Neal. “Today he was immense. The whole team was good, but Jake was the catalyst of a lot of the good stuff that we did. I have told him that afterwards.

“We are still unbeaten away from home. The point comes when you are frustrated because you are drawing games you should have won, but the performance levels of the boys were outstanding.”

The full interview with Neal Ardley will feature on Dons Player later tonight.

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