The Opposition View - AFC Wimbledon
Following the Chairboys' 2-2 draw with AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow yesterday afternoon, here are some views on the game from the Dons manager Neal Ardley and a few of their fans.
Ardley said: 'I've got mixed emotions. I'm angry and I'm frustrated at dropping two points in a game we should have won.
'On the flipside, the performance was really good. We started poorly, but we got to grips with what we should have been doing in the first place and second half we were excellent. There was a 20-minute spell where we needed to score to kill the game off. At 2-1 the next goal is vital.
'I knew that if they scored it would be the sort of goal where someone just switches off or makes a poor clearance which is what happened. So I'm frustrated but overall happy with how we went about our work.
'When you have the momentum you need to make it count and where we are at the bottom we've had trouble doing that. It was a horrible goal they scored from our perspective because it was a goal that could have been avoided.'
AFC Wimbledon fans were understandably disappointed they didn`t get the three points their performance deserved.
The following extracts are taken from the Old Centrals` Repository.
"Well I'm very pleased with that performance. Ok we seem to run out of steam with 20 minutes to go, but before then the game should have been well out of Wycombe`s reach. More of that and we'll be okay."
Algerian Don wrote
"I suspect that like the team, there will be many a disappointed Womble after that game. We dominated so much at the beginning of the second half that the last 15 mins of flatness was almost inevitable. Almost. It was great to have a sing along in the Tempest End and the atmosphere was good notwithstanding the habitual moaners. This was my first game of the new year and the positives outweighed the negatives for me although the Wycombe front line did seem somewhat sleeker than ours, apart from Dean Morgan."
Trigger Fish wrote
"Toby [Ajala] beat their (dreadful) left back many times but nearly always let him back in for a tackle. It must have been a very frustrating game for him."
"I am absolutely gutted today. But I suppose in the plus side it has been a very long time since I left a game feeling we were robbed."
Jam Pot wrote
"Just back and the feeling really is one of disappointment we didn`t put the game to bed. Credit to Wycombe coming back at us and probably then on balance a draw was fair. But we should have put them out of sight beginning of the second half."
Jog On wrote
"That was an exciting game to be at, I'm gutted that we didn't wrap it up for the win though, we were more than worth the three points! Wycombe support was very good, there were over 700 of them and they made it a good atmosphere!"
"It is hard to know how to see that game. For the first time this season we looked good at home. We dominated Wycombe for large parts of the match and we looked like we could win a match. Bad points were we didn't take our chances at the start of the second half to kill the game off. Only [Paul] McCallum really looked like scoring."
Tall Mark wrote
"Alas the latter part of today's game showed one team that has not won a home game for a while against one in rather better form. In the end though we were not under much pressure it seemed a relief that we held out for a draw - interesting too that we have managed 4 out of 6 points from Wycombe, a League One team last season - and we are disappointed tonight."
Old Sarum wrote
"A Wycombe supporter on the train on the way home said he couldn't believe that they had got a point out of the game. 'You should have had that sewn up in the first half' he said. Indeed."
Bad Egg wrote
"My dad, a Wycombe fan, said Jack Midson was by far the best player on the pitch yesterday due to his work ethic and he also said Wycombe were lucky."
"Wycombe have been poor in both of our games against them, we really should have taken 6 points off them this season. I assume we haven't seen them at anyway near their best. Just hope we don't rue the two lost points at the end of the season."
Simmie Womble wrote
"My opinion on the Wycombe game - Two points lost. One point gained."
Old Isthmian wrote
"Just the better of two very average teams, we didn't take advantage when we were well on top at the start of the second half and they always looked likely to score a second."
"I had a dream that we actually played quite well in a home game and came away disappointed to only get a draw."
Next: Wycombe Wanderers v Dagenham and Redbridge
League Two - Saturday 19th January 2013 - Kick off 3pm
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