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League Two

Neal Ardley joy as AFC Wimbledon triumph

26 February 2014

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley was delighted with his side's change of fortunes after they snatched a 2-1 win at Newport County.

The Dons looked to be heading for a fifth straight defeat when goalkeeper Ross Worner dropped the ball into his own net in the 65th minute.

But goals in the 85th and 88th minute respectively from substitutes Charlie Sheringham and Kevin Sainte-Luce sealed all three points for the visitors.

Ardley said: "We're delighted, it's been a really tough couple of weeks for us. We lost four on the trot but only one of them we deserved to lose.

"We played really well against Oxford, Portsmouth and Bury but didn't get the results we wanted against any of them.

"So when your goalkeeper makes a mistake like that and he hasn't had a shot to save you start wondering if something's going on.

"I was thinking I must have walked under a couple of ladders or something.

"But credit to the boys I thought they gave everything we asked of them on a very difficult surface.

"Our subs have come on and made a really big impact and that's exactly what you want.

"We play really well but we just never seem to be able to score the first goal. It's not for the lack of trying, we attack teams but they just weren't going in.

"We had three or four one-on-ones before they scored that could have given us the lead. But I thought we thoroughly deserved it because we were the better team. I am absolutely delighted."

Newport could have moved to within four points of the play-offs with a win but fell to their second shock home defeat in the space of four days after Saturday's loss to Cheltenham

They slip to ninth place in League Two - seven points adrift of seventh-placed Southend.

County boss Justin Edinburgh said: "Probably in the end AFC Wimbledon deserved to win the game.

"We are bitterly disappointed because we are not quite reaching the high standards that we have set at the moment.

"We looked a bit tired at times but we are not going to use that as an excuse. At the moment we are just not performing.

"It looked like it was going to be one of those games where we get a bit of luck and have a scrappy 1-0 win but we couldn't see the game out.

"We would have taken that to get us back on track but we could not make the most of the opportunity that was presented to us. We are going to regret that.

"We have got another tough game at home against Scunthorpe on Saturday and we are going to have to play a lot better than that if we want to get something from the game."

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