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AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley thrilled with victory at Roots Hall

20 August 2014

Neal Ardley was thrilled following yet another winning visit to Roots Hall as his AFC Wimbledon side beat Southend 1-0.

Midfielder George Francomb bagged the only goal of the game on the hour mark to secure the Dons a third successive away victory against the Shrimpers.

But Ardley admitted his side were forced to work hard for their latest win.

"I've had three great visits here in the last three seasons now but I have plenty of bogey teams as well who I never seem to beat so it evens itself out," said Ardley.

"I don't think I've won against Accrington or Oxford so far but we always seem to do well at Southend.

"We had to work really hard to get this latest one because they're a very, very good team and they threw an awful lot at us.

"We were certainly made to work a lot harder than we were at Luton at the weekend and I firmly believe Southend will go on to get promotion or finish in the top three.

"With that in mind I'm delighted to have got the win and I could run through the whole team and praise them for how well they've played."

Southend wasted a number of early chances to score with Myles Weston shooting wide when clean through on goal before Shaquile Coulthirst was denied by AFC Wimbledon goalkeeper James Shea.

However, the visitors bagged the only goal of the game on the hour mark when Sean Rigg rolled a free-kick in to the path of Francomb who curled a 25 yard shot in to the top right hand corner of the net.

The Shrimpers hit back with substitute Lee Barnard having a close range header tipped over by Shea before Weston saw his effort scrambled off the line by Barry Fuller.

Southend boss Phil Brown was left frustrated with the narrow defeat that means his side have still not won a Tuesday night home game in the league since beating Gillingham in September 2011.

Nine games have been lost and one drawn in that time but Brown felt the latest midweek loss was undeserved.

"I thought we were excellent and the application of the players was spot on," said Brown.

"We must've made about 10 chances, four of which were clear cut, but their goalkeeper has had one of those nights and our finishing wasn't good enough either.

"It's hard to take because I don't think we deserved to lose.

"We really did throw the kitchen sink at them but they dug in and played their system and tactics well to get the win."

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