Ardley holds his head up high after Dons' so near, and yet so far FA Cup adventure

Sutton Guardian: Ardley: "Game was a celebration of how far we've come as a club" Ardley: "Game was a celebration of how far we've come as a club"

AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley spoke of his pride in his players after their heartbreaking exit from the FA Cup.

Jack Midson’s excellent header was not enough as MK stole a place in the third round with a last-gasp freak goal and a 2-1 win.

Ardley said: “I have nothing but pride. We set out a game plan and the players stuck to it – we were worried they might revert to type but they didn’t.

“Everything single player carried their instructions out to a man. We were inches away from going 2-1 up, and then we’re hit by a lucky goal.”

He added: “The fans were excellent and when Jack scored I think we all enjoyed the moment, if you cannot enjoy those moments, then you might as well stop playing.

“We wanted to ask MK the question – can you break us down? As far as the game plan went it went well, we needed a bit of luck, but we didn’t get.

“Today was a celebration of how far this club has come.”

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