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Neal proud of Dons effort

19 February 2017

Determined attempt to take points ends in disappointment

Neal Ardley and his side felt defeat very hard to take, after an injury-time winner for Shrewsbury left the Dons with nothing to show for all their efforts.

Aristote Nsiala's header from a Shaun Whalley delivery, denied Wimbledon a point at the death on an afternoon where they were capable of taking all three.

“We are all working hard to resolve this little blip we're going through and generally the team did the club proud today, but we're extremely disappointed to come away without anything from it.”

"It's hard to take, but the boys have had a right good go.”

"I'd rather play bang average and win a game, but we've played really well and lost," said Neal in an interview to Dons Player.

"Why have we lost? We've lost because probably we weren't clinical enough in one box and we didn’t see it through to the end in the other. You often hear me say about both boxes and seeing your jobs through and that's where we got punished, but for most parts we were very good," explained Neal.

"I said to the boys that we're not on the move enough in the box. There were too many times the ball was flashing in and around their six yard line and looked like we were waiting for someone to put it in and too many players were static."

"You look at their two goals and they haven't had a lot of chances - one from a deflected free-kick - which we shouldn't give away in the first place - and the second one is one man beating another one in the air."

"Our goal was a fortuitous one that you don't expect to score from a mistake from their keeper. To be honest though we've hit the woodwork, we've had one flash across the box in the first half we should get on the end of, we've had another three or four that we should have scored in the second half, but we've only got ourselves to blame."

The full interview with manager Neal Ardley is available to Dons Player subscribers and extended highlights of the game will also be available on our premium channel later today.

Pic credit: Simon Davies, Pro Sports Images.

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