NEIL Ardley fancies himself a bit of a psychologist – and the Dons boss had a slogan pinned on the changing room wall before the 2-2 draw with Exeter that appeared to do the trick.
‘It’s all in the script’ stared at the team with Ardley insisting any early setback was part of a three-part act.
The next two parts come at Gillingham next Saturday and in the last match at home to Fleetwood, with AFC hoping to save their place in the Football League.
Ardley said: “I wanted the lads not to get disheartened if we went a goal down – which was the case.
“By telling them it was all in the script, I hoped they understood any goal we conceded was part of the plan.”
It worked when Luke Moore struck twice to cancel out Exeter leads and claim a vital point that would have been all three with steadier finishing from his team-mates.
“I always believed it will come down to the final game, and the boys could not have given me more.
“It was win or bust for Exeter, but we did well," added Ardley.
"Can other teams do us a favour and beat the teams around us during the week? As I said to the team, it’s all in the script, but it’s also still in our hands.
“One more win and I think we’ll be safe.”