We have to get better, get wins and get to safety this season, and then we can build.
"We're going through a hard time, but we have to win on Saturday".
According to the Standard, MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman has not yet decided whether to attend the fixture.
Both sides may be lingering in lower midtable - unlikely to challenge for promotion or be seriously threatened by relegation - but a victory for MK would see them climb back above AFC, a position their fans will not want to give up so quickly.
Ardley said: "I'm so delighted for Jake Reeves because for me he is one of the best players to pull the shirt on for the club". The journey it's been on, and for the history between the two sides, and for the first game here between the two sides. "It's a glorious story for AFC to be where they are, and it will be the most important game of the season for them".
It isn't, however, a one-way street and MK are equally aware of the importance of the game to their own supporters.
"I was a little bit nervous because I wanted to do the club proud and I wanted the players to do the club proud".
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Also present were players and officials from the local Andorinha soccer club, where Ronaldo started when he was 7 years old. President Rebelo de Sousa argued that Ronaldo "projects Madeira and Portugal across the world far more than anybody else".
Around Stadium MK, ambitious talk of a late charge for League 1's top six has been quashed, replaced with talk of survival.
"I'm really disappointed. I felt we passed the ball really well in the first half, but we didn't stand up to the game in the second half".
AFC, who were formed in 2002 after Wimbledon opted to relocate from London to Milton Keynes, have reduced ticket allocations and increased segregation between rival supporters ahead of Tuesday's League One clash.
Tuesday's 2-0 win for AFC Wimbledon was not unexpected, but the way the team reacted to MK Dons visit to Kingsmeadow was certainly telling.
"It's a football match at the end of the day and that's what we'll be focusing on", he told Sky Sports. "There's a line I don't expect it to cross, and I'm sure it won't".
However, bitterness within Wimbledon's support still runs so deep at the perceived theft of their club to Milton Keynes, which was infamously sanctioned by a Football Association-appointed panel, there are fears of ugly scenes at the normally amiable south London ground.