AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley reluctantly accepted the 1-1 draw at home to fellow strugglers Aldershot after a late Stacy Long free-kick prevented defeat.

The 27-year-old midfielder equalised for the Dons 13 minutes from time to deny the visitors the opportunity to move out of the League Two drop zone and claim a first league win in four attempts.

The Shots did move up a place to 23rd with the point but it had looked like being all three after loanee Dani Lopez netted his first goal in English football on the stroke of half-time.

And Ardley, who took over from Terry Brown at Kingsmeadow last month, admitted he had to be content with the result and insisted his side have improved during his short reign as manager so far.

"I said before I got this job that it is all about results and you have got to accept bad performances. I'm finding that quite difficult," Ardley said.

"But we haven't played well and yet we haven't been beaten. I think six weeks ago, when I first arrived, we would have probably fell to pieces and lost so I can take some positives from it."

Aldershot boss Dean Holdsworth, while revealing the disappointment at not picking up all three points, admitted simply getting off the bottom of League Two was significant.

"They (his players) are all disappointed but overall I'm really delighted with the performance and if they keep playing like that I'm going to be really, really happy," Holdsworth said.

"We have come off the bottom, I'm delighted by that, I'm really delighted by that. We don't want to look down any more we want to look up.

"We played with a lot of honesty and I'm disappointed for the players. I thought they were outstanding. We were brilliant in spells and to concede the goal from a free-kick is disappointing but we have played really, really well."