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Preview: Wally expects robust challenge at Wycombe

Quotes from both managers ahead of League One match at Adams Park

21 December 2018

Wally Downes has called for his squad to show the steely edge that has been lacking this season at an in-form Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

The Wimbledon manager is expecting a 'robust' challenge from Gareth Ainsworth's side and he knows that the players have to prove they can be harder to beat.

Wimbledon will be facing a Wycombe full of confidence after a very good start to life in League One after promotion in 2017/18, but the Dons are likely to be roared on by a sizeable travelling support. Wally Downes was full of praise for the backing his players received at Charlton last week and he said it would mean a lot to reward them with an important result at Adams Park.

Below is a summary of quotes from both managers, plus stats, and a recap of previous matches:

Wally Downes:

"Charlton were on a great run last week and Wycombe are on the same kind of run. They drew last week, but prior to that they won four games on the run. It's going to be difficult there. They play a very robust sort of game so it may not be the prettiest, depending upon weather conditions, but certainly it will have all the heat of a local derby, that's for sure.

"To hear our fans out-singing the home fans, it happens at most clubs in that you go away and you really want to get behind them, but seeing our fans up there singing their hearts out was terrific. Wycombe is going to be tough because it's another derby, but it's a great game to have. If we go to Wycombe and get a result, then we are looking forward to the Christmas period at home. Six points there would be terrific if we could give the fans that.

"The way that the boys responded in the second-half against Rochdale was great and the reception Glyn and I got from the crowd was marvellous as well. I was pleased with the performance at Charlton because I felt that we played well under instruction. We could have been a little more proactive in getting the ball back, but perhaps me telling them about the shape and how important it is not to give goals away made us a little bit tentative in getting the ball back. I thought we played well, but we gave away two unnecessary goals of our own making really. I was pleased with how we performed, but I was not happy with the mistakes that we made.

"The training has gone really well since I joined, and it's been a pleasure to train with them for two weeks. The important thing in the position that we are in is first of all to become hard to beat."

Gareth Ainsworth

"Our performance levels have been brilliant and that is what I am all about. I've said to the boys that if they can give me that week in, week out then we will win more games than we lose and that is a great recipe to finish in a healthy position in the league. The run we've been on lately has been great but you are only as good as your last game and our next game is Wimbledon on Saturday, so we've got to make sure we keep those levels high and I'll be doing everything I can between now and then to ensure we are right on it.

"With players back in training and getting up to speed I am now looking forward to having a great squad to choose from against a Wimbledon side that are going to be very tough to beat. Wally Downes has now come in and we can see from the video that he has tried to make them more solid at the back and going forward they have got good players who will cause damage if you let them so we really have to be on it this weekend.

"Wimbledon are fighting for points and we want maintain the cushion we have for as long as we can, get these points on the board as quick as we can and maintain our League One status once again. The festive period is a really important time as it brings up a lot of games for us to possibly come out in January with a hatful of points or nothing and we want the former as it could make a huge impact on our season."

Team news

Mitch Pinnock is ruled out for one match after his red card at Charlton last week, but James Hanson (pictured) and Kwesi Appiah are likely to both be back in the squad after illness and injury respectively. Deji Oshilaja and Joe Pigott are both still ruled out. For Wycombe, Stephen Henderson will retain his place in goal after he extended his emergency loan with the club for a further seven days. Bayo Akinfenwa could be in contention to face his former club after completing a second week of full training. The game may come too soon though for former Dons defender Darius Charles and Matt Bloomfield is also likely to miss the clash.

Last time out

Gillingham 2-2 Wycombe
Charlton 2-0 AFC Wimbledon

Last league meeting

Wycombe Wanderers 1-2 AFC Wimbledon (2 April 2016)

An early Lyle Taylor strike was cancelled out by a goal from Michael Harriman just before the hour, but Taylor struck from the penalty spot in the 66th minute to win it for Wimbledon. Of course, the Dons went onto secure a League One play-off place and that memorable promotion at Wembley in May. Take a look at the highlights from that game by clicking on the link below.

Tickets

This League One match is not all-ticket and you can pay on the day to get behind the Dons.

Ticket prices on the day are as follows:

  • Adults £22
  • Concessions (60 and over) £19
  • Young adults (19–25) £17
  • 18 and under £13
  • 12 and under free of charge.

Match Coverage

Our WDON team will be providing live coverage from Adams Park. This will be available by accessing our iFollow channel.

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Christmas cheer for the Dons with a vital win at Wycombe

A first win as Wimbledon manager for Wally Downes

22 December 2018

Goals from Kwesi Appiah and Jake Jervis earned what all AFC Wimbledon supporters wanted for Christmas - an important away win.

Though it was Appiah and substitute Jervis that earned the headlines, the 2-1 victory was a real credit to a superb team performance that secured a first win for Wally Downes since taking over as Wimbledon manager. The Dons defended resolutely througout to thwart Wycombe's hopes of making it seven home wins on the bounce. 

Wally Downes made three changes to his starting line-up after the defeat at Charlton Athletic last time out. Tom King was recalled between the sticks in place of Joe McDonnell with Kwesi Appiah and James Hanson replacing the suspended Mitch Pinnock and Tom Soares. The Dons came into this match seeking to end a run of away league defeats that stretched back to Gillingham in early September. In contrast, Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth was seeking to guide his team to a seventh successive home league win and a Football League record for the club. Two of Wimbledon’s 2016 Wembley heroes, Bayo Akinfenwa and Darius Charles, were both deemed not fit enough to face their former club.

AFC Wimbledon made a bright start at Adams Park and there was a real sign of encouragement in the fifth minute when Kwesi Appiah had the ball in the net, but it was disallowed. Scott Wagstaff’s cross was nodded down by James Hanson, but the whistle had already blown for a foul by the towering Dons striker before Appiah fired home. There was a setback for Wimbledon in the 10th minute when Wagstaff had to go off injured and he was replaced by Jake Jervis.

Wycombe did threaten when a set-piece ended with Nathan Tyson heading wide, but that didn’t signal a shift in the pattern of this game. A good Dons move ended with Anthony Hartigan shooting over the crossbar, but there was no reprieve for Wycombe in the 29th minute. Hartigan’s fine corner delivery from the left was flicked on at the near post by Hanson and Appiah volleyed home superbly. It was an impressive demonstration of finishing from Appiah and exactly what Wimbledon needed in the circumstances. Minutes later, a rejuvenated Appiah almost got on the end of through ball, but Wycombe keeper Stephen Henderson got there first.

As we approached half-time, Wycombe started to exert pressure and Wimbledon had to stay strong. Terell Thomas and Will Nightingale stayed strong at the heart of defence to defy Wycombe’s attacking thrust and there was an impressive last-ditch clearance from Tennai Watson just before half-time. At the other end, Andy Barcham was proving to be a very useful outlet. Another one of his driving runs down the left earned another corner, but this time Wycombe cleared their lines. However, Barcham’s running relieved pressure when it was required and offered a platform for potential attacks. The half-time score of 1-0 to Wimbledon was fully deserved with Wimbledon having defended well and offered plenty of threat at the other end. Hanson was proving to be a real handful, his aerial presence causing plenty of problems for Wycombe.

Wycombe exerted more pressure at the start of the second-half, but Wimbledon held firm. King did brilliantly to deny Alex Samuel after he went clean through and the Dons keeper also stayed alert to collect a shot from Curtis Thompson. However, Wimbledon stayed resilient and it was still 1-0 at the hour mark. Appiah came close to earning the cushion of a second when he reacted well to get on the end of another Hanson knock-down, but he couldn’t quite get enough on his shot and Henderson gathered the ball.

As Wycombe pressed forward in search of an equaliser, Wimbledon had to stay strong at the back and Thomas produced a commanding display at the heart of defence. Though Wycombe piled forward, committing men forward at every opportunity, Wimbledon soaked up the pressure, maintaining a very good defensive shape. With Wimbledon attempting to hold onto the 1-0 lead, Wally Downes made a change eight minutes from time with Tom Soares entering the mix to provide extra midfield strength. Hanson was the man to make way and the ovation he received from the travelling Dons was fully deserved for his impressive forward display.

There was the cushion of a second goal for Wimbledon in the 90th minute - and it was an excellent goal too. The two substitutes combined with Tyler Garratt crossing well for Jervis, who finished emphatically from close-range. Though Fred Onyedinma got one back in injury-time with a goal Wimbledon claimed was offside, it was too little, too late, from Wycombe. The victory offered plenty of encouragement for the Dons heading into the Christmas period. 

AFC Wimbledon: Tom King, Tennai Watson, Ben Purrington, Will Nightingale, Terell Thomas, Scott Wagstaff (Jake Jervis), Anthony Hartigan, Kwesi Appiah, Andy Barcham, James Hanson (Tom Soares), Anthony Wordsworth.  

Pic credit: Dennis Goodwin, Pro Sports Images.

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Tickets: Cheer on the Dons at Wycombe on Saturday

Match information for Wimbledon's return to Adams Park

20 December 2018

AFC Wimbledon on Saturday return to Adams Park for a first competitive match at the venue since April 2016 and your support for the boys at a difficult time will be greatly appreciated.

This League One match is not all-ticket and you can pay on the day to get behind the Dons, but there's still time to buy in advance. Tickets are available from our online ticket shop until 2.00 pm on Friday.

In past visits to Adams Park, the team has been roared on by a sizeable Dons following - and that's helped earn one or two stand-out victories.

There was a memorable win in Wimbledon's last competitive fixture at the venue with a 2-1 victory on 2 April 2016 helping the Dons to promotion.

Take a look at the link below to watch Sean Rigg's valuable winner in the Emirates FA Cup back in December 2014 - and the reaction of our travelling army behind the goal!

Dons fans will be accommodated in the covered and seated Lords Builders Merchant Stand at the east end of the ground. This is unreserved seating.

Prices in advance

  • Adults £20
  • Concessions (60 and over) £17
  • Young adults (19–25) £15
  • 18 and under £11
  • 12 and under free of charge.

All prices rise by £2 on the day of the game.

Disabled supporters

There are ten wheelchair spaces available for visiting fans in front of the Lords Builders Merchant Stand. Admission is free of charge for the carer, with the disabled supporter paying the relevant price for their age. Ambulant disabled fans can buy tickets through AFC Wimbledon, but wheelchair users must contact the Wycombe Wanderers ticket office on 01494 455701.

Supporters' Coach

The coach will leave from opposite South Wimbledon tube station at 11.30 and from the Cherry Red Records Stadium at 12 noon. The price is £20. Places are available and you can make a booking by contacting 020 8547 3528 between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm.

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