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Sweeney returned to the Dons side following suspension after his dismissal at Morecambe for the 1-0 defeat at Hartlepool United on Good Friday.
Although Paul Robinson’s thigh injury played a part in Sweeney’s reinstatement, the defender saw his inclusion as a sign of Ardley’s belief in his ability.
“It’s unfortunate that Robbo didn’t make it, those two looked really solid against York. I’m happy to step in whenever.
“The gaffer has played me again; he plays me and trusts me a lot now, and I’m hoping to repay his faith with performances.”
Sweeney was philosophical about the quality of his performance in the context of the defeat, even though Ardley singled out him for praise after the game.
“I thought I played well, you always try and put in your best performance for the team. I’m happy with the way I played but I’ll go back reflected on what I can do better.
“I’m more disappointed that we didn’t get the three points against Hartlepool.”
The academy graduate played alongside loanee Darius Charles in the centre of defence and enjoyed playing with a commanding partner.
“Darius is brilliant, he talks really well. He’s really up front, he tells it how it is and if you’re not doing something you know about it.
“He’s a really big unit and loves to win things as well so it’s brilliant playing alongside him.”
After Good Friday’s round of games, Dons are four points off the playoff places with eight to play.
Ardley has set a target of winning five of their remaining fixtures, Sweeney remained confident that a top six finish is still achievable.
“We’ll go and win as many as we possibly can now. We didn’t put the ball in the back of the net at Hartlepool but it will come.
“In the Carlisle game, I remember we didn’t play at all well but got that one chance and that’s what happened to us on Friday."
Dons home game on Easter Monday against Portsmouth was called off at 9.30am after heavy rain rendered the Kingsmeadow pitch unplayable.