AFC Wimbledon boss Ardley delighted as Wombles clean up at home to Portsmouth

AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Portsmouth

Neal Ardley was over the moon after a sixth minute own-goal secured AFC Wimbledon a league double over Portsmouth.

Craig Tanner was at the heart of the Dons’ victory – which extended their unbeaten home run to six – and it was his cross that was diverted in by Ben Chorley.

After successive defeat, the win reignited Wimbledon’s outside chances of making the play-offs as they moved to within six points of seventh-placed Newport, leaving Ardley to praise the display and Tanner.

“To end a tough week with three points, we’re over the moon,” said the Dons’ boss.

“I thought Craig was phenomenal, his goal might be classed as an own goal, but with his run and movement I will give him an assist.

“I said to the players beforehand that I wanted the fans to see a team that are not just seeing the season out.

“I wanted them to really go for it. I have been hard on them this week and I will be hard on them for the next four or five weeks.”

Ross Worner helped keep out a Portsmouth side containing League Two top-scorer Matt Tubbs, making his return to Kingsmeadow.

The result sees the Dons leapfrog Portsmouth into 12th, and the latest home win means Wimbledon have collected 34 of their 52 league points at Kingsmeadow.

But if they are to launch a late assault on the play-offs, then it is their away form they will need to improve, starting at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

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

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