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13 April 2019 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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Preview: Wally salutes volunteers ahead of key match

Manager praises commitment of fans that helped the club to rise again

12 April 2019

AFC Wimbledon celebrates the dedicated work of its volunteers on Saturday and Wally Downes said he will be reminding his players about their valuable contributions since the club was reformed.

The Dons will be aiming to take another step towards League One survival at the Kassam Stadium, a match that marks the annual Volunteers’ Away Day. Around 100 volunteers will be treated to free tickets for the game, coach travel, and a meal at a nearby hotel, in an event sponsored by Cherry Red Records.

Wally’s boys will be roared on by an impressive Dons travelling support at Oxford with 800 tickets having been snapped up in advance. You can still buy on the day (cash only), but please see below for more details.

Wimbledon will be seeking to end Oxford’s prolific run of form with the U’s having won their last four League One matches. Below are quotes from both managers, plus stats, ticket information, and a recap of previous battles.

Wally Downes

“It was volunteers that started the club up on Wimbledon Common, so if you trace it back it’s absolutely fundamental to what the whole place is about. People dig in and do their bit. It may be unsung, but certainly not by me, and I will make sure the players appreciate that as well. It was founded on volunteers who wanted to rebuild the club, and they did their job. It’s been maintained and long may it continue.”

“I remember a game not long ago when if we’d won and they (Oxford) had lost we would have jumped above them, so what they’ve done in a short space of time has been terrific, but we are playing well too. It’s going to be a good game. The boys are playing well and they seem to be enjoying training. They have got to enjoy what they are doing. When I spoke to them the other day I said that they have to be in the ‘now’. You have got to enjoy what you are going to be a part of. Enjoy what you are doing and creating, giving yourself a chance, and look forward to the next game.”

Karl Robinson

“The manager and his assistant have obviously worked tirelessly to put them into a position where they’re hard to beat. They have set pieces where they can hurt you and certain running patterns that make it difficult for you to defend. You’ll see a game on Saturday which will be hard for us.

“We’re going to have to be patient in that and overcome a very resolute, honest, talented, hard-working AFC Wimbledon team. The manager has galvanised them and deserves all the plaudits.”

Team News

Steve Seddon is set to be included in the Wimbledon squad after shaking off the ankle injury that caused him to be withdrawn towards the end of the home match against Accrington Stanley. For Oxford, Marcus Browne and Ahmed Kashi will miss out due to suspensions. Browne was given a straight red card for a rash challenge in first-half injury-time during the win at Walsall and Kashi, who had been booked and then substituted, was shown a second yellow for coming onto the field to celebrate the final goal.   

Tickets

We have sold out of our online pre-sale allocation of 800. If you have not already bought a ticket, you can still buy one on the day (cash only). Please factor in extra time and get to the Kassam Stadium early. Dons fans will be located at the west end of the North Stand. The away fans' ticket office is by the west turnstiles in the North Stand. We will have a big following on Saturday and recommend getting to the game nice and early to avoid any delays. Please note you can no longer buy a ticket in advance. However, you can buy on the day (cash only) at the following prices:

  • Adult (£24)
  • Over 65 (£17)
  • 18-21 (£16)
  • Under 18s (£14)
  • Under 13s (£10)
  • Under 7s (£6)

Last time out

Walsall 1-3 Oxford United

AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Accrington Stanley

Previous meetings

AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Oxford (29 September 2018)

The Dons marched into a 2-0 lead just after the half hour mark through goals from Scott Wagstaff (pictured scoring above) and Joe Pigott. That proved to be just enough in the end after Cameron Brannagan had halved the deficit just before half-time. Watch the highlights from that game by clicking on the link below.

AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Oxford (10 March 2018)

Lyle Taylor’s 32nd minute goal was cancelled out by a goal from Todd Kane six minutes later, but Jon Meades popped up to score a second-half winner against his former club.

Oxford United 3-0 AFC Wimbledon (7 October 2017)

Goals from Wes Thomas, Ricardinho, and Xemi Fernandez earned a comfortable win for the hosts. With Oxford 1-0 up at the break, the match turned on a short spell at the start of the second-half when Simon Eastwood made a brilliant save to deny Cody McDonald. Just seconds later, Oxford doubled the advantage through Richardinho.

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Defiant Dons deny Oxford to keep survival hopes alive

Wimbledon dig in for a point

13 April 2019

AFC Wimbledon produced a resolute defensive display at the Kassam Stadium to defy in-form Oxford United.

It was far from pretty as Wimbledon laboured to create anything of note in attack, but there was plenty of grit and determination required to grind out a 0-0 draw. With other teams down near the bottom failing to win, Wimbledon actually moved up a place in the table to 21st and over 1,300 travelling Dons appreciated the effort put in, applauding the whole squad after the final whistle.

AFC Wimbledon came into this match seeking to end Oxford’s impressive run of form with the U’s having won four on the bounce. However, there were plenty of reasons for Wimbledon to be confident, including the fact that The Dons had taken 20 points from the last 10 games before this match. Wally Downes was forced into one change with Rod McDonald unavailable and that meant a recall for Terell Thomas at the heart of defence.

Wimbledon made a bright start, taking the game to Oxford from the outset, and there was a chance within minutes when Anthony Hartigan picked out James Hanson with a lovely ball to the back post, but the striker headed over the crossbar. The Dons had established good possession early on with Hartigan seeing plenty of the ball in the middle, but Oxford gradually started to come into it. A first chance followed for the hosts when Rob Dickie got on the end of a corner, but he headed just wide of the near post.

Joe Pigott had been on the receiving end of some rough treatment from the Oxford defence and he needed attention for a bloody nose midway through the first-half. Shortly afterwards Pigott finally earned a free-kick for his troubles and he took it himself, but he fired it straight into the wall. Oxford started to build-up a head of steam at around the half hour mark with former Liverpool midfielder Cameron Brannagan pulling the strings in midfield. The hosts fashioned a great chance through a lovely move in the 36th minute. Gavin Whyte was picked out by Mark Sykes and his cross fell nicely for Luke Garbutt, but his shot was superbly saved at point-blank range by Aaron Ramsdale.

With Oxford’s pressure having grown during the first-half, it was important that Wimbledon showed resilience in the spell leading up to the interval. Brannagan turned inside and struck a shot that hit the outside of a post, before Sibbick did well to cut-out a cross from Jerome Sinclair. The half-time whistle sounded with the score at 0-0 and Wimbledon having defended stoutly, but without much threat at the other end.

The Dons were on the back foot at the start of the second-half and there was relief among those in blue when Sinclair just failed to get on the end of a low cross. Then Dickie tried his luck with a shot that flashed over the crossbar with Ramsdale struggling to get there. Oxford came even closer when Whyte set-up Brannagan, but Ramsdale got down well to save and Wimbledon just managed to scramble the ball clear. At the other end, a rare Wimbledon attack ended with Hanson striking a powerful shot just over the crossbar.

With 55 minutes on the clock Wimbledon made a change with Shane McLoughlin introduced for Anthony Hartigan. The Dons were continually forced back by Oxford and when the ball did go forward Hanson and Pigott came up against a well-drilled home defence. However, Ramsdale was required to make another fine save when he reacted well to deny Oxford substitute Jamie Mackie. Wimbledon just about survived in the 80th minute. Will Nightingale just managed to clear Mackie’s effort off the line, Oxford’s appeals for a penalty falling on deaf ears and Dylan Connolly cleared the danger.  

Wimbledon were forced into resolute defence in the latter stages, but Oxford did threaten in the last minute of normal time. Mackie cut the ball back to Whyte, whose shot was just over. The Dons held on doggedly and it could turn out to be another vital point in the battle to stay up.

AFC Wimbledon: Aaron Ramsdale, Will Nightingale, Terrel Thomas, Scott Wagstaff, Anthony Hartigan (Shane McLoughlin), Steve Seddon, James Hanson, Toby Sibbick, Paul Kalambayi, Joe Pigott (Dylan Connolly), Anthony Wordsworth.

Pic credit: Dennis Goodwin, Pro Sports Images.

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Ticket News

Oxford United | Buy on the Day

We have sold out of our online pre-sale allocation for Saturday. If you don’t already have a ticket, please get to the stadium early to buy on the day.

12 April 2019

Great work Dons! We have sold out of our online pre-sale allocation. If you have not already bought a ticket, you can still buy one on the day (cash only). Please factor in extra time and get to the Kassam Stadium early.

Dons fans will be located at the west end of the North Stand. The away fans' ticket office is by the west turnstiles in the North Stand. Find out more by reading the Oxford United visitors guide.

We will have a big following on Saturday and recommend getting to the game nice and early to avoid any delays.

Please note you can no longer buy a ticket in advance. However, you can buy on the day (cash only). 

  • Adult (£24)
  • Over 65 (£17)
  • 18-21 (£16)
  • Under 18s (£14)
  • Under 13s (£10)
  • Under 7s (£6) 

Disabled Supporters: Please note disabled supporter tickets are set at the relevant price based on their age. A free carer ticket can be given where needed. Please get in touch with our ticket office on 020 8547 3528 (09:30 - 17.00 Monday to Friday). 

Supporters’ Coach: The coach is now sold out for our trip to Oxfordshire. It will pick-up from opposite South Wimbledon tube station at 11.45 am and from the Cherry Red Records Stadium at 12.15 pm.  

Parking: There are 2,000 free car-parking spaces at the stadium available on a first-come basis, including dedicated disabled bays adjacent to the away ticket office. Match programmes are available inside the concourse and from sellers around the ground and in the club shop, which is adjacent to the DW Fitness gym in the Ozone Leisure Centre. 

Food & Drink: The stadium offers food and drinks (including alcoholic drinks) in the concourse. There is also the nearby Ozone Leisure Centre, between the west car park and the overflow car park, which features a Vue Cinema, Hollywood Bowl, Frankie & Bennies, Oxy Oriental, fish and chips and the Oxford United club shop. 

Let’s make some noise for The Dons next Saturday.

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