Dons boss is not enjoying new Ardley time

Last-gasp: Jack Midson scores the winner in last weeekend's 4-3 ding-dong with Cheltenham                   Picture: David Purday

Last-gasp: Jack Midson scores the winner in last weeekend's 4-3 ding-dong with Cheltenham Picture: David Purday

First published in Football Wandsworth Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

While the late, late drama of the Dons’ past three games may be sending fans home happy, boss Neal Ardley has admitted he is far from enjoying it.

Sammy Moore hit an injury time League Two leveller at Northampton Town on Tuesday night, while Jack Midson hit the winner in a 4-3 victory over Cheltenham on Saturday in the 97th minute.

The late goals came on the back of Darren Jones last-gasp equaliser at Burton Albion, leaving fans enjoying the new style Ardley time.

However, the boss is finding little enjoyment from his side’s antics.

“I have come to realise there is not much enjoyment in this job,” Ardley said.

“You go into management with rose-tinted glasses, thinking you have the tactical nous to achieve what you want.

“Last season was a rollercoaster, but this season is all about my style. When we lose, even if it is not my fault, it feels like my fault.

“When we win, it is more relief than enjoyment, so the late goals are great for fans, but not necessarily for me.”

He added: “As a boss, the enjoyment comes from hitting your long-term goals.”

Ahead of this weekend’s trip to Mansfield, Ardley is sweating on Andy Frampton (calf), Michael Collins (calf), George Francomb (knee), Darren Jones (elbow) and Kevin Sainte-Luce (hamstring).

Ardley said: “Mansfield are a tough and physical side with half a dozen players above six foot tall. That’s not to demean their football, but they are a very powerful side and we need to be ready.”

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