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Wimbledon match report - play-off final
30 May 2016 23:22 Post ID: #71732
Argyle were well beaten 2-0 by a AFC Wimbledon team in the League Two play-off final at Wembley.

Wimbledon had the better tactics and more desire than the players wearing Green and deserved their place in League One next season.

Dons manager Neal Ardley did his home work and stopped Graham Carey from playing and also stifled our midfield which led to forced mistakes. Argyle boss Derek Adams didn't have an answer or a plan B, apart from the predictable switch to a 4-4-2 formation late in the game.

The most disappointing thing for me is that we were not up for it.
The drive and energy from the Portsmouth second leg semi-final was replaced by nerves and mistakes.
After being top of the league at Christmas and 13 points above fourth spot today's game at Wembley was similar to our second half of the season, promising so much but in the end flattering to deceive.

The frustrating thing is - we all know the players can turn on the style, they can supply the workrate and they can be a very good team but for whatever reason it just didn't happen against Wimbledon.

Maybe the subdued 34,000 strong Green Army transmitted their nerves to the players?

Apart from a long range free-kick from Carey we just didn't test the Wimbledon keeper and Carey chose this game to give his worst performance in an Argyle shirt and if he doesn't play the team doesn't play.

We should have had a penalty when Craig Tanner was fouled, the ref was poor throughout the game and at times it was Argyle v AFC Williamson.
When Peter Hartley was sadly injured late in the game and at 1-0 down perhaps that was the time to go for three and at the back and bring on another striker, instead it was a straight swap and Jordon Forster was brought on for Hartley. The ironic thing was that Nelson played the last 10 minutes as a striker!

Reuben Reid had a very late opportunity to play in Carey but his pass was too heavy.

With time ticking away Akinfenwa scored for the penalty spot to make it 2-0 after a foul by Forster.

The Argyle daytrippers left the stadium well before the final whistle leaving the loyal die-hard fans to clap their team. It was noticeable that loanees Matt and Tanner took the defeat hard, they were visibly upset at the end and had to be consoled by Nelson and McCormick.
Let's hope we see Tanner and Matt back in an Argyle shirt next season.

I didn't enjoy the game at all, far too much at stake and too nervy. Just horrible.
We should never have been on this position.

As for Wembley - there was a great view from any seat but the loud music before the game killed any chanting and atmosphere and the announcements just couldn't be heard at all.

The worst thing about it all is that we have to play Wycombe Wanderers next season, twice!

Hopefully Adams can learn from this season because let's not forget he has done well, he just needs to tinker his tactics a bit better.

Man of the Match McCormick.

McCormick 8. Mellor 5, Nelson 7, Hartley 5, Sawyer 6, McHugh 7, Boateng 7, Carey 4, Jervis 4, Wylde 5, Matt 6. Subs Tanner 6, Reid n/a Forster n/a.
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