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League Two

Ardley takes positives from point

27 February 2013

AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley insisted it was a point gained by his side despite falling back into the League Two relegation zone after being held 1-1 at home by bottom side Plymouth.

Jason Banton's first-half solo strike had put the visitors in front but Harry Pell equalised almost immediately to level matters. After the break the hosts seemed the more likely to find a winner as substitute Jessie Darko and Sammy Moore both came close.

But after a nervy finale Ardley was only taking the positives on a night when League Two relegation rivals Barnet and Accrington both stole a march on the Dons.

"I knew this game was going to be one of, if not the toughest of our run-in, and I think we deserved that point," he said. "We had to dig deep out there, a lot of the players are struggling, I just sensed we were lacking the edge we have had in recent weeks.

"We keep sending out the same boys and we will need to keep working hard on their recovery in time for the weekend.

"The goal we conceded was disappointing as I felt we were on top but the way we responded so quickly was pleasing, we needed to get that point and we certainly had to work for it but we got it in the end."

After watching his side hold on in the second half, Plymouth boss John Sheridan was left to rue Argyle's first-half lapse in concentration.

"We deserved a point," he said. "I thought we started really well and deservedly went in front but it's so disappointing to have let them back into the game so quickly.

"That's just a lapse in concentration and it's gives them a lift to come back fighting for the three points and is something we could have avoided. Since I have been here we have been good at holding on to leads so it's disappointing that it had to come to an end in this game.

"Both teams knew what was at stake, all the teams around as at the bottom are fighting hard and putting together some good results so it was a bit nervy but that's to be expected."

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