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Ardley admits distractions

Neal Ardley admits the situation regarding a potential points deduction has distracted Wimbledon after a 3-0 defeat to Morecambe.

The club will appear before a Football Disciplinary Commission on Monday after being charged by the Football League of fielding Jake Nicholson ineligibly in a victory against Cheltenham last month.

Currently sitting 14th, nine points clear of the relegation zone, Ardley's side could face a points deduction ahead of the final weekend of games in League Two.

And they were put to the sword by the Shrimps, who secured their own survival through goals from Jack Redshaw, Jamie Devitt and a Paddy Amond penalty late on.

And Ardley admitted afterwards that he opted not to tell his players about the potential points deduction.

"I didn't let the players know for a number of reasons. I wasn't sure how some of them would have handled it," he said.

"It wasn't something we wanted to be public knowledge and for the opposition to know that a points deduction could be the case.

"We've talked about every permutation. Between me and the staff in the training we really decided to crank everything up and drive the players home.

"The players have now put two and two together. For instance, some of my team talks, before Southend, before Plymouth, where they thought I was over the top.

"It's been flat this week, I think it's taken its toll. I'm certainly very drained and tired from it.

"We looked at the team we picked and one or two who could play roles next season and who can't and you learn a bit all the time."