Ardley claimed Paul Robinson’s last-gasp effort illustrated determination not to be beaten.
But the gaffer was certain 92 minutes of indecision, anxiety and lack of cohesion which preceded it was the bottom line.
“Yes 10/10 for climbing off the canvas in stoppage time for the second time in four days, but I think I would be being kind if I said 2/10 for the rest,” he said.
“We’ve played awful. I can’t describe it as anything else and we were pretty poor for a large spell of Saturday, but we haven’t been beaten.
“So, there is something of that spirit that this club loves and demands, but we are short of confidence, I’m not going to lie about that.
“And when you have got a team lacking a little bit in confidence and making more wrong decisions than right at times all of it adds up and you lose a little bit of trust in each other.
“Where before people are running off each other believing the ball is going to come or believing it is going to stick, now people have a little bit more apprehension and are thinking shall I go shall I not and before you know it the flow is not there.”
Typically, Ardley vowed to shoulder the responsibility for restoring the missing self-belief and he rather than throwing tea-cups at his misfiring side, he would take the softly, softly approach.
“We are having to do a lot of work to get the spark back in the boys because at the moment we are not a cohesive team,” he added.
“I’m not going to shout and holler at them. I can’t do that when they are short of confidence I’ve got to try and build them up and we have got to work hard with match analysis and tactics.”
And the match...
It was a case of Déjà vu for AFC Wimbledon as a second stoppage-time leveller in four days saved a point against bottom club Coventry.
Veteran Paul Robinson lashed home from 12 yards after Andy Barcham’s cross from the left wasn’t properly cleared.
The goal will cover some of a multitude of sins from the Dons, and having been robbed of victory by an offside goal in stoppage time in the reverse fixture there was some justice the late drama.
As on Saturday against Charlton, Dons started slowly and it needed a mart save from James Shea to deny George Thomas after he had raced clear with 18 minutes on the clock.
Neal Ardley’s men improved though and created a chance of their own, Tom Soares’ half volley from the edge produced a smart parry from Sky Blues’ keeper Lee Burge.
Lyle Taylor’s header missed from close range on the hour only served to add to his and Dons’ rising levels of frustration and they cranked up another notch when substitute Jodi Jones cut in from the right on 71 minutes to curl a shot into the far corner and put Coventry in front.
Ardley threw on George Oakley and Tyrone Barnett, but looked unlikely to score until Captain Marvel’s late intervention.
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