AFC Wimbledon manager, Neil Ardley, expressed his disappointment following his team’s inability to secure a much needed win. Wimbledon were by far the better team in the League One encounter but Bristol Rovers somehow managed to get two goals to claim all 3 points. Bristol Rovers had only 2 shots on target and a total of 7 shots taken, while the rampant Wimbledon had a total of 14.
What is even more surprising following this defeat to Bristol is the fact that Bristol have failed to score in the league since defeating Coventry last month, and that Wimbledon literally outplayed them from start to finish. The opening goal came off a deflection by the Wimbledon goalkeeper Joe McDonnell after Sam Mathews’ corner got a faint touch from Ed Upson.
The second goal was scored by Wimbledon player, Will Nightingale, not for but against his team. This unfortunate development left Wimbledon’s manager in despair. Speaking after the game, Neil bared his frustration on the night, saying his side were probably the only ones that could be losing a goal down without the opposite side making any shot at goal. He, however, admitted that his players fought really hard, especially the defense, until the deflection put them behind. He also added that it was painful to accept considering their present run in the league.
He concluded by saying his team should have had six goals for all their efforts going forward, and going by the way he structured the team, he expected to see results.