BY SAM SMITH
Neal Ardley was furious with the way his Wimbledon side conceded all of Scunthorpe’s goals in their 3-2 defeat this afternoon.
The Dons switched off at a free-kick from which Josh Morris scored the visitors’ first goal. They then allowed Morris to run free to add a second via a counter-attack.
Ardley claimed the coaching staff had worked all week to specifically prevent both types of goals.
He said: “I’m disappointed, I’m angry, I’m frustrated. That’s not good enough. There are loads of facets that go into a game of football that people might not realise, but loads of work goes on behind the scenes with the staff.
“The staff prep these boys for the games and they prep them for the goals that we conceded today. We made sure we were aware of their threat from set-pieces, what he likes to do when he takes inswinging free-kicks.
“We took no notice as they scored their first, took no notice on the counter-attack as they scored their second. The last thing I said before the game was about solving the counter-attacks.”
Liam Trotter’s first goal of the season handed Wimbledon a lifeline two minutes into the second half, but they proceeded to concede a third almost immediately after.
Kwesi Appiah headed in a consolation goal 10 minutes after half-time but Ardley refused to take the positives having been so apoplectic at the way his side had defended.
“The last thing you do when you get yourself back into a game is be sloppy and go and concede a third. Had we not done that and got to 2-2 we could have gone on to win. You can’t concede three goals at home.
“There were some positives but we’ve lost. It’s another games we’ve lost. A defeat at home. We can all say ‘oh what about this’ with the (potential) handball, off the line and all this kind of stuff but we’ve conceded three awful goals and the people responsible for that need to take responsibility.
“I’m not one to pull any punches, I usually stick up for the boys. Today I’m angry.”
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