Portsmouth pile pressure on AFC Wimbledon boss

AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley
AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley
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Neal Ardley admitted he will be out of a job if he doesn’t quickly turn things around at AFC Wimbledon.

The Dons fell to their third loss on the bounce and sixth defeat in seven with a 2-1 reverse to Pompey.

That leaves Ardley under pressure with the strugglers and the boss knows things have to improve is he is continue his six years in charge of the club.

He told londonnewsonline.co.uk: ‘I’m a Wimbledon boy. I know what they (the fans) want.

‘That’s why I’m so hurting with what the first half was.

‘I’ll take some positives from the second half but we are going to have to do a hell of a lot better going forward and we’ll have to start that on Monday.

‘It’s always tough. Not only because you’re judged on results and we’ve lost three on the trot.

‘When everyone goes home disappointed it’s not in my hands, but it is as manager – that hurts me.

‘I know people aren’t happy and I’m not happy.

‘I’ve got to change things quickly or changes will probably end up getting made.’

Ardley took the unusual step of making a triple change at half-time in an effort to get his side back into the game.

He added: ‘Desperate times call for desperate measures.

‘We were getting comprehensively outplayed – nowhere near good enough in the first half  – I had to do something.’

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