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Neal assesses first win

3 September 2016

Manager's interview after victory against Chesterfield

Neal Ardley was pleased with the second-half performance that earned a first league win this season, but he said that there is plenty to work on with his players before next Saturday.

Speaking during a post-match interview for Dons Player after the victory against Chesterfield, Neal said: “We’ve had a lot of games this season when we have played really well and been unfortunate, but we cannot keep saying we are unlucky. In the first-half we were miles away from what the staff and probably the fans expect from a Wimbledon team. We had to look at the reasons behind it and we gave pointers to the players. We challenged them to go and sort it out in the first 20 minutes of the second-half and they did that.

“We brought on substitutes and they have made a difference. It is a squad game. We will take the win, but there is loads to work on. We were poor in a lot of things today and we need to analyse the game, train hard and make sure our performance levels are better next week.”

Neal saluted the performances of match winner Dominic Poleon and Tyrone Barnett, who earned the sponsor’s man of the match award for his impressive forward display.

“I did not expect Dominic and Tyrone to play in the first few games,” added Neal. “They had to get used to what we expect from them as forwards. We demand a hell of a lot from them and it’s a tough position to play. I thought that Tyrone and Dominic were excellent in midweek and now we’re getting them up to speed.

“Tyrone was excellent today with his link-up play, he brought other people into it, and won nearly everything in the air. I asked Dominic to go on and win the game for us and he has stolen the headlines today. If they both have a good week in training they are putting me in a position to pick the team next week.”

The full post-match reaction with Neal Ardley is now on Dons Player and interviews with Dominic Poleon and Paul Robinson will follow tomorrow.


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