Neal Ardley has stood by his man, refusing to criticise Will Nightingale after the AFC Wimbledon defender’s mistake against Southend United on Saturday.
The 21-year-old was out-muscled by Nile Ranger for Southend’s first goal and then caught out of position for their second.
But after a number of solid performances in recent weeks, Ardley was happy with Nightingale’s overall form, admitting the young defender was only human and therefore prone to the odd error.
“I’m not going to criticise Will for treading on the ball or getting beaten down the line,” Ardley said.
“Like I said, mistakes happen. They are footballers, not robots, and we accept the mistakes. I don’t like losing games but I will accept losing games as part and parcel of football but I want my teams to have a right go.”