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Neal's post-match interview at Bristol Rovers

Manager's response after loss at the Memorial Stadium

23 October 2018

Neal Ardley said that the manner of defeat at Bristol Rovers was tough to take.

Wimbledon squandered countless chances and paid the price for defensive lapses in a 2-0 loss at the Memorial Stadium.

Speaking in his post-match interview for iFollow, Neal said: "We are probably one of the only teams in this league who can be 1-0 down, without the opposition having a shot at goal. The defence was doing its job well, we were on top of the game, and we probably could have had three goals by then, but we didn't score and a corner goes almost straight in off the goalie and the bar. It's tough to take, particularly when we're in the run that we're in.

"As a manager you control the structure of the team, how you set your team up to go about the game. I'd be sitting here scratching my head if we had not created a chance all game, but I reckon we could have had six today. I know it's the same story, but that's the way it's going. Confidence is a big thing, you hope that bottoms out and it turns. We've scored both of their goals more or less tonight, every mistake we make we get punished for, but we've spent 75 per cent of the game in their half, on the ascendancy, and creating chances. At the moment, we cannot buy a win.

"The second goal was an own goal, we had a goal disallowed that was not a foul on the keeper, if anything the player who goes into the back of their goalie is their player. That's the way it's going, but it's not an excuse. The boys are giving absolutely everything, they've ran their socks off today. For most of the game they were all over Bristol Rovers, they have been in the ascendancy, but we just haven't taken our chances, and we have scored both their goals for them, more or less.

Next up for Wimbledon on Saturday is a home match against Luton Town and Neal said that the squad will continue to give everything for the cause.

"Luton are one of the best teams in the league so far, from what I've seen of them. It's going to be tough. What can I ask the boys to do? I can ask them to go about their jobs the same way that they have in this match: give everything, run hard for the club, keep trying to ask questions of the opposition, keep trying to score goals, and hopefully one goes in. We probably need one to go in off a backside at the moment and things can change. Everyone is giving everything."

"They (the players) are giving everything, we all are. It's the toughest run I've had in my managerial career, I make no excuses for it. We are trying everything to win games of football. We are giving heart, soul, energy, and we are just lacking the finishing touch that the chances we're creating deserve.

Neal's full video interview is on our iFollow channel.


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