AFC Wimbledon’s 1-0 defeat at a rain-soaked at Victoria Road was the perfect illustration of Neal Ardley’s need for someone who can put the ball in the onion bag
Dons first failed to capitalise on Lawson D’Ath’s 56th minute red card and then squandered late chances which should have seen them leave with a point from Dagenham & Redbridge.
Michael Smith, Luke Moore, George Porter and Jack Midson could all have bagged the elusive goal, but either lacked the composure or the accuracy to find the net.
Dons manager Ardley says he is trying everything he can to help his players hit the target, but feels his team were guilty of poor decision making.
He said: "It was frustrating. I’m trying my hardest as a manager to put a team out that can win games, go at teams and create chances.
“After their guy gets sent off there is over half an hour to play, but it takes us 25 minutes to force a save from their keeper.
“I’m throwing players on. I’ve got three centre-forwards on, a winger on one side and an attacking full-back on the other. I’m throwing people forward, but you can’t kick the balls for them.
“It is hard and I’m not blaming the players or shirking responsibility. All I’m saying is I’m not being tactically safe. We were throwing everything we could at it.
“There was bad decision making and poor quality and they are the things which mean you end up not quite threatening enough.”