NEAL Ardley believes one moment of madness cost AFC Wimbledon a hard-fought point at Cheltenham Town.
Robins substitute Jamie Cureton raced through the Dons defence in stoppage-time to lob home a dramatic late winner at Whaddon Road.
It was a real kick in the teeth for Ardley’s boys after defending stubbornly throughout the match and the Wimbledon manager admitted his troops paid for a lapse in concentration.
He said: “The boys are feeling gutted, it would’ve been a really good away draw.
“I look at the performance level and the results normally follow that. I didn’t think either side did enough to win the game. I thought it was a decent away performance. For 25 minutes in the first-half we were very good and looked like a team that was full of confidence. They’re always going to have spells in the game, they’re a home team fighting for their lives, and they came at us in the second-half.
“There was a lot of long balls and I thought the back-five were excellent for 91 minutes. We had a moment of madness. Now is not the time, when we’re all emotional to go in there and slaughter them. We need to focus on working hard this week and putting it right.”
It was an eventful end to the match at Whaddon Road as Cheltenham were also denied a late penalty after referee Darren Drysdale reversed his decision to award the hosts a late spot-kick before Cureton popped up with the winner.
Ardley felt the officials had come to the correct conclusion.
He added: “I would’ve been very aggrieved had it been given. How anybody can work out what was going on in there I will never know. Our player has ended up in there on the floor because he’s been pushed. I credit the officials because they’ve realised they got it wrong and had a discussion on their microphones and they’ve changed it.”