Ardley praises Morecambe performance but wants more from AFC Wimbledon

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Neal Ardley believes his side were the better in a decisive first half of AFC Wimbledon’s draw with Morecambe in the Sky Bet League Two.

The visitors took the lead early when a piece of composed skill from Adebayo Akinfenwa set up Jake Reeves’ goal only for Padraig Amond to equalise before half time.

Neither team were able to add a second and Ardley feels his side played the better football during that first 45 minutes.

He said: “I thought we were the better team in the first half, their goal in the 40th minute knocked the stuffing out of us a little bit, and up until then it was comfortable.

“This was a tough place to go, they’re a good team and they don’t lose many games and they’ve come at us. At that point we had to dig in and show different skills.”

The result keeps Wimbledon at 13th and Ardley noticed areas that require improvement from his side.

“I think we over-played in the first half,” he said.

“There were times we had passages of play and we ended up with no end product and we probably turned down several opportunities to put good crosses in the box.

“We didn’t really get our transition from defence to attack right, there were loose passes and the ball kept coming back because we didn’t get that right.”

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley was disappointed not to pick up three points but praised the well worked Wimbledon goal.

“Sometimes you’ve got to take your hat off and give credit where credit’s due and I thought it was a well-worked corner routine for their goal,” he said.

“It was a great goal but we scored a good goal of our own.”

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