AFC Wimbledon boss explains approach to derby at Charlton Athletic

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It was set to be business as usual for AFC Wimbledon this week as manager Neal Ardley prepares for Saturday’s South London derby at Charlton Athletic, writes Anthony Scales.

The Dons slumped to a 1-0 home defeat against bottom-of-the-table Plymouth Argyle last Saturday but Ardley insisted there was no need to change the formula.

“I still think we’re a decent enough team and we’re very competitive in this league,” said the Wimbledon manager this week. “There’s lots of positives.

“We’ve got to get back to work. We do our homework on Charlton, we work out all their strengths and weaknesses, we set a team up to be true to our philosophy in a tough away game and we make [the players] aware of what we have to be aware of.

“We are defensively pretty solid. We have been throughout the season as far as limiting teams’ good chances and the quantity of chances.

“We’ve got to keep on doing that and keep believing that we can score goals.”