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Ardley Praises Fighting Spirit

Manager Neal Ardley has praised the 'never say die' attitude of the players following the fantastic four three victory over Cheltenham Town yesterday.

Wimbledon fought back from being two goals behind to take a three two lead as we headed into the final 20 minutes of the game, but Cheltenham pegged one back to draw level themselves and then for the second week running we snatched an all important injury time goal, and this time round it gave us all three points.

Speaking to the Official Site following the match, Ardley joked that although he's no psychologist he does know what makes player tick, especially when it comes to nerves and anxiety, so they had a good talk again ahead of the game to cover the eventuality of being behind and how the game would then be approached and everyone was on the same page, and thankfully it more than came off during the 90 minutes itself.

'We had to stay together and that includes the staff, we cannot lose our heads and we stayed positive and tried to push the players even when we were 2-0 down. That's the positive in that we came though adversity. They players kept going and the statistics show that. We put in 30 crosses and had 17 attempts, we tried to get the crowd up and that paid off.'

For Ardley again it's another justification of all the hard work that has gone on during training and he feels that now we are starting to see it come together and see the fruits of that and again it's credit to the players for battling through and sticking with it.

Now for the gaffer it's about building on this in the midweek match and hopefully going four unbeaten, but via back to back wins.

Somebody else happy following the game was striker Danny Hylton who bagged himself a brace to end his nine match barren run in front of goal.

The man of the match himself said following the game.

'After some inconsistent performance and probably not doing myself justice, it was nice to come on and score two goals to repay the faith that the manager has shown in me. It's great to get a win for the fans too because they are always brilliant.'

Hylton says that, like the other players, hope that this is now a turning point for us and we can really kick on in the remaining games and end the season on a much higher note.

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Date:Sunday March 23 2014

Time: 9:04PM

 

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