Date: 6th May 2016 at 8:32am
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AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley has been named the Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month for April.

Ardley steered his side into the Play-Offs behind a run of five successive victories and a 16-point haul from seven games.

He proved that his previously free-scoring side can keep it tight at the back if necessary by conceding just three goals.



George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “Neal`s Wimbledon side have booked their place in the Play-Offs after a very busy but successful month.

“16 points in seven games including five consecutive wins show just how well he`s done.”

Sky Sports` Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Neal`s Wimbledon side hit form at exactly the right time of the season and confirmed their Play-Off place last weekend with a 0-0 draw against Stevenage.

“It guarantees them their highest finishing League position since their formation in 2002 – a great achievement for Ardley and for the club.”

Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Up until the very late in the season the final Play-Off spot in League 2 looked to be a fight between almost half the teams in the division.

“However Wimbledon clicked into another gear in April, beating five opponents in a row including Play-Off chasing rivals Wycombe and Leyton Orient.

“They did such a good job that they can enjoy the last week of the regular season safe in the knowledge that the Play-Offs are already in the bag.

“We make them a 10/3 chance to be promoted, those odds have tumbled from 12/1 at the start of the month.

“Ardley has added the goals of Lyle Taylor to the power of Akinfenwa in the Wimbledon front line which gives them a real chance to achieve promotion in the most dramatic fashion at Wembley.”

Written by Tim Clement from Sky Bet.