NEAL Ardley has revealed AFC Wimbledon had a group hug in the dressing room after their survival hopes were dealt a blow at Accrington Stanley.
Former Arsenal and Everton striker Francis Jeffers struck twice before Will Hatfield and Lee Molyneux found the net to complete a 4-0 demolition job for Accrington last night.
Wimbledon remain four points clear of the League Two drop zone, however fellow strugglers Barnet, Torquay and Plymouth all won to claw back some ground on Ardley’s boys.
Keen to keep spirits high following three successive victories, the Dons boss admitted he adopted a soft approach to his post-match team-talk at the Crown Ground.
“I got the boys together in there and we had a bit of a group hug,” Ardley told Dons Player.
“Every time we have suffered a blip we have bounced back from it. After Port Vale and Chesterfield we went on a run and we did it again after Cheltenham. That is what we have to do again.
“I went and apologised to the fans over there afterwards, but we have more than enough in the dressing room. We have seven games to go and we need a certain amount of points. It just makes our job harder, but we have to remain positive.”
Former Chalfont St Peter striker Charlie Strutton missed the trip to Lancashire through illness.
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