Date: 22nd April 2014 at 9:09am
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Wimbledon’s two one victory over Plymouth Argyle last night has brought the curtain down on any fears of relegation this season, as it is now mathematically impossible for us to suffer the drop.

Despite conceding the early goal inside of the opening ten minutes, instead of crumbling we came back strongly and secured the equaliser through Midson just before the half time break and then Appiah gave us the advantage just around the hour mark and it proved to be enough in what was a reasonably tight game.

Speaking to the Official Site following the match, manager Neal Ardley couldn’t have been more delighted saying he felt it was one of our best performances of the season and he does feel, that despite going behind to begin with, we could’ve won by a larger margin.

‘We knew that we needed to pick up points from our games over the Easter period. We’ve done it the hard way by drawing at home and winning at Plymouth, but I felt that we were full value for the win today. Everything I asked of the players they gave me and we could have won by more.’

Given only a few weeks ago Plymouth were pushing for the play offs spots themselves, makes the victory even sweeter really, but it’s nice to have survival guaranteed now and Ardley can really turn one eye towards the summer and next season and address the failings from this one, so next time round we are more comfortable and have a greater level of consistency, but one thing he has remained pleased with is that the fitness work and plan has come together nicely this campaign.

‘Given the importance of the game, to put in a performance like that after going one goal behind made it one of our better performances of the season. From day one I’ve kept telling the boys that we expected them to be fitter at the end of the campaign than ever before. We’ve given them the right recovery and time away but we train them hard and right on the clock. The players trusted us on this and a lot have said it’s the freshest they have felt at this stage of the season. We’ve been finishing stronger than the opposition.’

Obviously the next task here is to more consistently start stronger than the opposition, but again it’s the consistency of results we need to address and turn some of those losses into draws at least so we can continue to kick on and improve and start looking further up than we do down but league placing wise, finishing where we are now would be an improvement and of course we have lost far fewer than last season, so even with remaining problems, we have seen improvement and growth and that just has to continue to be our focus again – turn even more losses into draws at least.

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