AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley not getting carried away after win at Bury

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley not getting carried away after win at Bury

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley is targeting nothing more than League One survival despite seeing his side win 2-1 at Bury.

Neil Danns put the hosts in front with a 27th-minute penalty, which was cancelled out by Lyle Taylor after 39 minutes.

Jonathan Meades then headed home in stoppage time to stretch the Dons' unbeaten run to eight games and condemn Bury to a fifth straight defeat.

Ardley said: "It was always going to be tough because Bury are a good side but the weather conditions made it even tougher.

"There were puddles on the pitch and first half we settled in a lot better. Second half they came at us but it showed our character.

"We said in the dressing room this would be a test for us, on a wet and windy Tuesday night, and we've come through it.

"We've got great energy in the team, power and pace, and we scored two good headed goals.

"The first was after a brilliant bit of skill by Andy Barcham and the second was from a set-piece, with a bit of desire late on. The boys were out on their feet by that point so it's a fantastic win.

"I'll keep saying the same old boring thing, that we'll start with a 50-point target. We're newcomers so we've got to treat the league with respect. We'll try to get there as quick as we can and then take stock."

Persistent rain contributed to a poor start, with the first chance not coming until the penalty incident. Paul Robinson tripped James Vaughan and Danns side-footed the spot-kick into the bottom corner.

Danns and Vaughan then had shots blocked but the visitors equalised when Barcham crossed for an unmarked Taylor to head home.

The game improved as the rain subsided after half-time, with Dean Parrett testing Ben Williams and Bury's Danny Mayor twice going close.

Bury substitute Tom Walker then curled a free-kick just over but Meades had the final say from a Jake Reeves corner.

Bury boss David Flitcroft said: "Niall Maher was excellent but I'm not expecting younger players like him, at this stage in their career, to be outstanding every week.

"I've brought some very good, experienced players in and I want them to stand up in those moments, see the game out and take the point.

"We gave a corner away with two minutes to go, it was naive. You've then got to stick with your man and make sure he doesn't score.

"You don't mind getting beat by good goals but both could have been avoided.

"First half they played the conditions better than us but second half we found a rhythm. We had a lot of the ball and caused them problems and we had to score in that period. If you don't then you need to respect the point.

"I'm massively disappointed that, after a run of defeats, we didn't draw a line in the sand so we could then build from that."


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