Search

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

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

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

17 minutes ago
Andy Carroll during a West Ham United training session (Photo by Simon Watts/Getty Images)

Hammers manager Sam Allardyce says the prospect of Andy Carroll returning to the squad is the sort of selection problem he wants

Leyton Orient defender Mathieu Baudry. Pic: Simon O'Connor

To say it’s been a frustrating opening to the season for Leyton Orient is an understatement, but defender Mathieu Baudry feels the team need the fans more than ever.

Leyton Orient manager Mauro Milanese. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Leyton Orient manager Mauro Milanese insists his side need to be ‘more nasty than nice’ if they are to get out of the troubles they find themselves in.

12:00
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce gestures on the touchline

Hammers manager Sam Allardyce says there will be no talk of Europe at the club until they have negotiated the dreaded next two months

Most read sport

And it’s said to be revolutionising access to donor sperm throughout the country.

Many people now feel they have to move jobs to better their career and get ahead.

‘Go get him’ said the police officer, and that’s just what the dog did.

It’s deforestation, but not as you’ve seen it before.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Docklands and East London Advertiser e-edition today E-edition