Neal Ardley is taking plenty of positives away from his tactical experiment in AFC Wimbledon’s draw with Plymouth Argyle.
Michael Smith's tenth goal of the season looked to have secured three points in the Dons’ final game of the year but Reuben Reid scored two minutes from time to snatch a point.
Ardley tinkered with his formation for the clash at Kingsmeadow and played with three recognised centre-backs and two wing-backs in an exciting 5-3-2 system.
Callum Kennedy and Jim Fenlon excelled down the flanks and provided plenty of crosses for Wimbledon’s forwards as the switch seemed to work for large parts of the game.
Dons manager Ardley was pleased with how his boys adapted to the change of approach and believes it could prove a useful asset this season.
“We’re looking at how we can be more of a goalscoring threat,” Ardley said.
“I looked it and thought all the stuff we’d been working on wasn’t coming off at the moment so we tinkered with it and the boys were excellent. I take loads of positives from it.”
The games keep coming thick and fast, with a trip to Dagenham & Redbridge for the District Line derby up next for Ardley's troops on New Year's Day.