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Embarrassed Neal Ardley had to apologise to the travelling AFC Wimbledon faithful after his side were outclassed by Northampton Town.

Former Womble Kaid Mohamed opened the scoring at Sixfields and Alex Nicholls condemned Wimbledon to a dreadful 2-0 defeat to the Cobblers.

It was all too much for Dons boss Ardley, who let rip at his team for a lack of desire and passion on the pitch.

He told Dons Player: “We could’ve been out there for another half an hour and we wouldn’t have scored. I asked them at half time to come together as a team and solve the problems from the first half, but they didn’t really do it. We started so poorly and got outworked.

“We were second best all over the pitch. They worked harder than us and wanted it more. I know that will be hard for our travelling fans to take because it’s not the Wimbledon way. It’s not what we should be about. But I can assure our fans that it’s just as hard for me to take.”

Wimbledon’s next fixture is a tricky FA Cup first round tie with York City.