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Anthony targets another cup breakthrough

New midfielder made his debut as an 18-year-old in competition

14 August 2018

Anthony Wordsworth has special memories of playing in the EFL Cup and he's eager to make his mark in the competition with AFC Wimbledon.

Exactly 11 years ago, Anthony was handed his first-team debut as an 18-year-old for Colchester United at Shrewsbury Town in what was then the Carling Cup, an appearance that paved the way for a long career in the game. The midfielder was also a part of a Colchester team that faced then Premier League side Sunderland back in 2010.

Speaking ahead of tonight's Carabao Cup tie at Portsmouth, Anthony recalled: "I came on as a substitute in the second-half for my debut at Shrewsbury. I think the game went to extra-time and we ended up losing on penalties. It was a nice moment for me to come on. I remember it too because my Dad would watch me in every game, but he missed that one! We did not know I would be on the bench and getting on, so he didn't bother and missed my first appearance. We were a bit gutted about that. I had been in and around the squad, travelling to away games with the first-team, but to get on in that game was a bit of a surprise. I thought I did well in that game, but I had to wait eight months for my next first-team appearance so maybe I didn't do as well as I thought!

"I have been in teams that have made progress before and one season I was in the Colchester United team that played up at Sunderland when they were in the Premier League. We got beaten 2-0 with Darren Bent scoring both goals. It was a good experience as I was still quite young then and it is a nice memory."

Now aged 29 and aiming to establish himself at his new club, Anthony is relishing the challenge of trying to get a first win for AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Cup since the club was reformed.

"We want to win as it would be nice to get one of the big teams away from home in the next round," added Anthony, who came on as a late substitute for his Dons debut against Coventry. "It's a game of football that we want to win and we will go to Portsmouth with confidence after our last couple of results. We have 10 new players in the squad, so hopefully we can change that record."

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Dons fight back to march into second round of cup

Wimbledon secure place in second round of national competition

14 August 2018

AFC Wimbledon showed fighting spirit in abundance to claim a place in the EFL Cup at the eighth time of asking.

Whatever the name of this competition – it's now called the Carabao Cup – Wimbledon's attempts to make progress in it since getting back into the Football League had been in vain.

However, a fine header tonight from Joe Pigott and an own goal from Anton Walkes secured a 2-1 victory for the Dons with Neal Ardley's men coming from behind to win it.

Neal Ardley made five changes to his starting line-up after the draw against Coventry with Scott Wagstaff, Tyler Garratt, James Hanson, Rod McDonald and Anthony Wordsworth all coming in for their full debuts. Ben Purrington, Will Nightingale and Kwesi Appiah all had to settle for places on the bench with Andy Barcham and Liam Trotter missing out on the squad altogether. Pompey manager Kenny Jacket also shuffled his pack by making six changes to the side that earned victory against Blackpool on Saturday.

Wimbledon made a bright start and a fine move down the left ended with a lovely cross by Mitch Pinnock that Joe Pigott headed just wide. The Dons continued to have the better of it in the opening 15 minutes and another good chance resulted from the early pressure. Pinnock curled in a free-kick from 35 yards out and when it was only half cleared it fell nicely for Scott Wagstaff, but he volleyed wide. Wagstaff was everywhere in the opening exchanges, the experienced midfielder joining in the attack at every opportunity. Wagstaff showed good movement to latch onto a James Hanson flick-on and he did everything right with a deft lob over Pompey keeper Luke McGee, but it was cleared off the line. The chances kept on coming for Wimbledon and Wagstaff had yet another opportunity when he headed over the crossbar after getting on the end of a cross from Pinnock.

Following a first 20 minutes dominated by Wimbledon, Portsmouth squandered the best opportunity so far when David Wheeler was left unmarked in the area, but he headed wide from close-range. That did nothing to change the pattern of this match with Wimbledon continuing to pour forward. The Dons fashioned another half chance when Pigott headed on a long throw into the path of Pinnock, but he volleyed just wide. At the other end, chances had been few and far between for Portsmouth and that was helped by a composed introduction from Rod McDonald, who showed good defensive awareness on a few occasions in the first-half to nullify Portsmouth. Jamal Lowe attempted to do it all on his own in the 39th minute when he drove across the area, but Tom King watched his shot flash wide.

As we approached half-time, there had been plenty of positive signs for Wimbledon. The midfield play of new boys Scott Wagstaff and Anthony Wordsworth had complemented Tom Soares in the centre of the park, offering a platform to mount attacking moves.

The second-half started with Portsmouth grabbing the initiative and it was 1-0 to the hosts in the 49th minute through a goal that was very simple in its execution. A corner was swung in towards the back post and Christian Burgess rose highest to head home emphatically. Far from feeling sorry for themselves, Neal Ardley's men responded well and there was almost an equaliser to celebrate just a minute later. Pinnock almost got on the end of a through ball when any touch would have sent it into the net and appeals for a penalty fell on deaf ears, before Hanson's follow-up was blocked.

Just after the hour came another near miss for Wimbledon with Wordsworth shooting just wide of the target from outside the area. Wordsworth was certainly showing plenty of attacking intent and it needed Pompey keeper Luke McGee to make a fine save when he reacted well to stop a fierce drive from Word. Neal Ardley made a change in the 66th minute with Kwesi Appiah introduced for Mitch Pinnock. Wimbledon continued to pile forward in search of an equaliser and it deservedly arrived in the 76th minute. It was a lovely goal in its execution with the impressive Wagstaff sending over a superb cross that Joe Pigott met with an emphatic header to leave McGee with no chance.

Following the equaliser, there was no let-up from Wimbledon and it was almost 2-1 when substitute Toby Sibbick sent over a great cross that Appiah so nearly managed to touch home. Tom Soares almost found the key to the door when he tried his luck with an opportunistic effort from outside the area, but McGee got down well to save. In a frantic finale with both sides really going for it, Conor Chaplin so nearly made it 2-1 to Pompey, but he failed to get a touch at the near post. However, Wimbledon did find the cutting edge at the other end, thanks to a helping hand from the hosts. A fine cross was swung in from the right by Tom Soares and though Pigott just failed to get there, Anton Walkes could only head the ball into his own net. Though Portsmouth desperately attempted to get back into it, there was no way back, and Wimbledon marched into the second round of the Carabao Cup.

AFC Wimbledon: Tom King, Tennai Watson (Toby Sibbick), Deji Oshilaja, Scott Wagstaff, Mitchell Pinnock (Kwesi Appiah), Tyler Garratt, James Hanson, Tom Soares, Rod McDonald, Joe Pigott (Anthony Hartigan), Anthony Wordsworth.

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Carabao Cup: Tickets & Travel for Pompey away

Buy in advance or pay on the day to support the Dons

13 August 2018

AFC Wimbledon will be aiming to maintain an unbeaten start to 2018/19 at Portsmouth on Tuesday night and tickets are available for this fixture (7.45 pm kick-off).

Neal Ardley's men bid to make progress in the Carabao Cup after an encouraging start to the new campaign. You can be there at Fratton Park to show your support for the Dons with tickets available on the day at Portsmouth.

Wimbledon supporters will be located in the South Stand Lower with the following ticket prices:

  • Adult - £10
  • Senior (64-plus) - £8
  • Young Person (18-22 years) - £5
  • Junior (Under-18) - £2
  • Wheelchair and Carer - £5
  • Ambulant - £5
  • Ambulant (Junior) - £2
  • Carers (required to be on highest rate of DLA) - free of charge

Wheelchair users can contact the Portsmouth FC Ticket Office on 0345 646 1898 to purchase tickets. Please note that the spaces are located amongst the home wheelchair section in front of the Fratton End.

Supporters' Coach

The club will be running a coach to Fratton Park on Tuesday night and places are still available. It will pick-up from opposite South Wimbledon tube station at 4.00 pm and from the Cherry Red Records Stadium at 4.30 pm. The price is £22 for return travel. Contact the club office on 020 8547 3528 to book a place.

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