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League Two

Ardley acknowledges Dons effort

21 October 2012

Manager Neal Ardley felt a point was the least AFC Wimbledon deserved for their performance at Fleetwood.

The Dons' recent revival under Ardley continued as they battled back to earn a 1-1 draw at Highbury Stadium. Fleetwood took an early lead through Steven Gillespie but Byron Harrison headed his fourth goal in as many games to peg back the hosts.

"It's good to get a point, but I thought maybe we could have taken more," said Ardley. "First half we were a little bit safe, a little bit nervous. But we got into them after half-time and I thought we were braver. The boys responded really well and the way we played in the second half was excellent.

"A few wrong decisions here and there and a little bit of quality have probably cost us the second goal."

Harrison's goal was his seventh of the season for the Dons but Ardley insisted credit should go to his whole team, adding: "Byron's scored again and it's great for our strikers to score but it's all about the team and it was a fantastic energetic performance. I'm really proud of them."

Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon acknowledged his side were well below their best, despite the draw lifting the Cod Army into the automatic promotion places.

"We want to win every game we take part in but we sort of hobbled along. We weren't great," said Mellon. "But we'll take the point which moves us into third place. That's how strange a league this is.

"We've got to be pleased with a point which takes us into the automatic promotion places, that's a positive. But it was a bitty performance."

Fleetwood were missing a number of first-team players through injury and striker Jon Parkin for family reasons, and Mellon acknowledged the challenge of team selection.

He added: "We've got a lot of players out. There were a lot of changes. It's very difficult to have so many personnel out and we were forced into another reshuffle at half-time. It's difficult to keep things together when you've got to make so many changes."

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