Search

AFC Wimbledon verdict: Jolley may top the list of Dons exits as Ardley looks to strengthen

PUBLISHED: 09:07 31 December 2012

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

League Two: AFC Wimbledon 0 Oxford United 3

The fact that Wimbledon fans were digging deep into their pockets on Saturday for a bucket collection to provide manager Neal Ardley with additional transfer funds in the January window underlines the depth of the Dons’ current plight.

Wimbledon hit rock bottom on Saturday – now occupying 92nd and last place of the proud pantheon of Football League clubs. The Dons are proud of their astonishing nine year rise from deep within non-League to join the elite, and plans as to their long term future – including a move back to Wimbledon – are surely being put on hold at present as all funds head towards preserving their League Two status.

“I’ve defended the players in the past, but I’m certainly not going to today” fumed Ardley after Wimbledon crashed 3-0 at home to mid-table Oxford, their eighth home defeat in twelve games this season. “We need lots of warriors in this team, and there’s too many of my players who I don’t think are in this fight. If they can’t take on information and can’t realise what they need to do on the pitch then they shouldn’t be playing for us.

“Oxford’s two centre-halves bullied our centre-forwards in the first half, their centre-forwards bullied our centre-halves. It’s not a great platform to start from. It won’t be easy, but we need to win ten games before the end of the season.”

First to exit the Wimbledon door in order to free up space for new signings is likely to be winger Christian Jolley, mercurial in a five game loan spell for Newport County, but an irrelevant substitute on Saturday.

“There’s a couple of clubs sniffing around Jolls, and if it’s the right thing for him and he’s not going to be a regular starter here, then there is a chance that he will move on” added the Wimbledon manager.

Wimbledon gained many plaudits for the way they played at Milton Keynes at the start of the month in a televised FA Cup game, but that has been comfortably their best recent performances in recent weeks. Given the choice between beating their Buckinghamshire rivals or remaining in the League, Dons fans wouldn’t have to take long to come to a quick judgement.

Oxford dominated the first half and swept into a two goal lead with a close range finish from Sean Rigg and a header from the superb Alfie Potter, previously on loan at AFC Wimbledon. The home side rallied at the start of the second period and were unlucky not to get a goal back, but Oxford hit a suckerpunch third on the break, Tom Craddock steering past Neil Sullivan after a horrible backpass header by Stacy Long.

AFC Wimbledon: Sullivan, Osano, Antwi, Mambo, Cummings, Yusseff (Jolley), Ajala (Kiernan), Long, Meades, Midson, McCallum (Prior)

Attendance 4,401 (745 from Oxford)

Man of the match: Toby Ajala

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

Mile End Stadium club have scored plenty of goals this season, but fired a rare blank on Saturday

16:00

George Sessions provides player ratings following the 3-0 loss away to Crawley Town in League Two on Saturday

15:00

The latest news from the Thomas McCurtains GAA club

13:30

Second string promoted; women secure best finish

12:30

Defenceman hails team’s focus against play-off rivals Oxford

12:00

Upminster 15 East London 39

Former under-18 manager keen to know what the long-term plan is at Brisbane Road, so he can start chucking more youth back into the starting XI

10:00

Manchester Giants 88 London Lions 96

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now