Lots to work on for boss Ardley as AFC Wimbledon lose composure against Plymouth Argyle in season opener

AFC Wimbledon 0-2 Plymouth Argyle

Neal Ardley knows AFC Wimbledon have a lot to work on after beginning the League Two season with defeat at home to Plymouth Argyle.

Despite a strong start that saw the Dons dominate, last season’s play-off semi-finalists snatched the points with goals either side of half time from Gregg Wylde and Graham Carey.

Wimbledon fielded five debutants in Paul Robinson, Karleigh Osborne, Andy Barcham, Tom Elliott and Lyle Taylor in a 3-4-3 formation, and were on top for the first half an hour before losing their way.

“This has brought us back down to earth massively,” manager Ardley told the club website.

“I am not even going to look at the first 30 minutes and say that is what we could be because the game is not played over 30 minutes.

“I have to get to work and make sure that we become a team for 90 minutes with whatever shape that we play.

“We have put in 18 crosses during the game and about 12 set plays. With the strength and power we have got we never got on the end of enough of them. There is a lot to work on.

“For a 25 minute spell we contributed to it and we became a little bit all over the shop. We contributed to being a very poor team during that spell.

“The players lost their heads and the composure was gone. Players stopped doing anything to do with the structure of the team.

“From the front to back there were massive gaps and we made Plymouth look a very good team.

“I am not saying they are not that, but we definitely contributed to our own downfall.”

The Dons go to Cardiff tomorrow night for the first round of the Capital One Cup before going to Crawley Town on Saturday in search of their first points of the season.

Feature image courtesy of AFC Wimbledon TV, via Youtube, with thanks

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