NEAL Ardley says AFC Wimbledon carried out his second-half rescue plan perfectly as the Dons came from behind to beat 10-man Burton today.
The first-half dismissal of Marcus Holness looked to have paved the way for another routine three points for the Dons on home soil.
But Adam McGurk's opener made life difficult until the half-time introductions of Chris Arthur and George Porter provided the catalyst for a 3-1 victory at Kingsmeadow.
Dons boss Ardley admits he had to have a rethink during the interval but gave full-credit to his players for getting the three goals to make it four wins out of four at home in the second period.
He said: “We came in at half-time and had a chat. I'd rather lose the game two or three-nil than lose it 1-0 at home when you're playing against 10 men.
“We threw on pace down the flanks. We told Chris Arthur to play like a winger and put Luke Moore in the middle to create another problem for them.
“They carried the plan out to the letter in the second-half and full credit to the players.”
Callum Kennedy and George Francomb were the two players hooked at half-time, however Ardley admitted any one of his starting XI could have made way for Arthur and Porter.
He added: “Players earn their place on merit.
“I'm certainly not going to make Callum [Kennedy] or George Francomb a scapegoat because any player could've got brought off after the first-half.
“We just decided we were going to go all-out attacking down the flanks with pace. We've got a squad here and we need to use it.”
Next up for the Dons is a trip to struggling Cheltenham, where Arthur and Porter will surely be pushing for a start after this terrific showing.
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