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League Two

Ardley looks on bright side

13 January 2013

AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley admitted to his frustration after seeing his side concede a late equaliser as they extended their unbeaten run to three matches following a 2-2 home draw with Wycombe.

Matt McClure stepped off the substitutes' bench to rescue a point for Wycombe with 18 minutes to go, but Ardley insisted his side had done more than enough to take the points.

Wycombe went ahead through Jo Kuffour, but West Ham loanee Paul McCallum levelled and then added his fourth goal in three games to put the Dons ahead, only for McClure's late leveller to ensure it ended a point apiece.

"I've got mixed emotions," said Ardley, who has seen his side start January with back-to-back wins. "I'm angry and I'm frustrated at dropping two points in a game we should have won.

"On the flipside, the performance was really good. We started poorly, but we got to grips with what we should have been doing in the first place and second half we were excellent.

"There was a 20-minute spell where we needed to score to kill the game off. At 2-1 the next goal is vital.

"I knew that if they scored it would be the sort of goal where someone just switches off or makes a poor clearance which is what happened. So I'm frustrated but overall happy with how we went about our work."

Wycombe assistant manager Richard Dobson said: "It's a point gained definitely. We didn't play well enough after the first goal and took our foot off the pedal.

"Sometimes when you score first you think it'll be easier than it actually is, and credit to Wimbledon for coming back into the game and putting us under pressure.

"They kept on us and as the game went on they grew in confidence and were unlucky not to get the third. We weathered the storm at the beginning of the second half and luckily grabbed a goal."

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