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AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley sets survival target

25 January 2014

AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley was relieved to bag a much-needed victory after Jack Midson's second-half strike handed his side a 2-1 win against Exeter City.

Midson, who scored an own goal early on, netted 16 minutes from time to add to Luke Moore's equaliser as the Dons moved up to 11th place in Sky Bet League 2.

Ardley's team had won just one of their last 10 matches in all competitions and the manager is targeting 60 points to steer clear of another relegation dogfight.

"We knew we hadn't won for a while," said Ardley. "We talked about it during the week and how we impose ourselves at home.

"We are going to target 60 points. We have had 54 and 53 points in the first two seasons and flirted with a relegation battle. If we can avoid that and get our 60, that's great considering where we are.

"Have I found a winning formula yet? No, but I'm trying hard. I'm trying to play a system that gets us on the front foot. There's teething problems, but I don't want to just play hoof-it football.

"We're working hard on Kevin Sainte-Luce, trying to get the consistency and the performance up so he can start a few games.

"At Cardiff in my Under-21 team he played 22 times and scored 10 and assisted 10, so I know he's capable."

Sainte-Luce, who moved to Kingsmeadow this time last year, was the creator for Midson's winner.

Midson's own goal came after just four minutes when he inadvertently flicked Jimmy Keohane's corner past goalkeeper Ross Worner and into the bottom corner of the net.

Moore tapped in after 37 minutes to draw the sides level before Midson's winner, leaving Exeter boss Paul Tisdale frustrated with the result - and with a decision by referee Steven Rushton.

"I liked the way we played, the intensity and the desire to win," said Tisdale. "We showed bundles of it.

"It was at times a game of rugby, not so much a football match. The players competed and put themselves about but we conceded two goals.

"I liked the way we played but it's about the result at the end of the day. This is not what we needed. It's familiar, we just have to keep believing in ourselves. Keep working hard. It's all clich?s but we've got to keep at it.

"I didn't dislike us but it's just no good because we keep losing games, so it's on to the next.

"We should have had a penalty for the foul on Tom Nichols, definitely. There's no wonder we can't produce footballers in this country when you've got lower league football that's like a rugby match."

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