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Preview: Wally aims to reward fans with league points

Dons gear up for home clash against Burton Albion

8 February 2019

Burton manager Nigel Clough is expecting a tough challenge against Wimbledon tomorrow after watching The Dons knock out West Ham.

The Brewers will be bidding to end a sequence of three successive league draws when they visit the Cherry Red Records Stadium for the first time in a competitive match since 16 September 2014.

Wimbledon will tomorrow be seeking a first league victory in 2019 and Wally Downes is fully aware that his squad must start racking up the wins soon to have a chance of League One survival. This will be the tenth meeting between the two clubs since Wimbledon were promoted into League 2 back in 2011.

Below are quotes from both managers, plus stats, and a recap of previous meetings.

Wally Downes

“As long as the fans see that the players are putting the effort in, I know these fans, and they will respond. It was great to give them the victory in the cup, but the bread and butter is putting together league wins. Whatever way we get them, I’m sure the fans will appreciate them. Whether it’s a dour 1-0 or a comfortable two or three, the fans will enjoy winning again, and that’s what we’ve got to do quickly.

“The performances for me have been good and something to build on. I am really positive about it and I think our time is coming now. This month is an opportunity to really put some wins together and get away from the position that we are in.”

Nigel Clough

“What you see in the cup is what they are capable of. They will be saying they have to take that cup form into the league. I watched the game against West Ham and they thoroughly deserved the victory. not just through luck or launching the ball forward. They showed their potential and capabilities on that day.

“All the teams in League One have that potential on the day and no more so than Wimbledon despite being bottom. I hope they are distracted by the FA Cup as they have another game coming up. But they won’t have given up on the league. We haven’t given up on the play offs and they won’t have given up on staying up. A home game is a good chance for them to get a win and start a run going."

Team News

Andy Barcham will be back in contention for Wimbledon after a hamstring injury, but it will come too soon for James Hanson and Dylan Connolly is doubtful with an ankle knock. Burton will be without the suspended John Brayford. Brayford was sent off in the goalless stalemate with Oxford and he will serve a one-match ban. Fellow defender Josh Clarke sustained an ankle injury in the same fixture and he is a doubt. Midfielder Ben Fox has a hamstring problem and he looks unlikely to play at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. New signing Alex Bradley is likely to be in the squad.

Form guide (last six in all competitions, starting with most recent)

AFC Wimbledon LWLLDW

Burton Albion DDLDLL

Previous meetings

Burton won the corresponding fixture 3-0 on 1 September with goals from Stephen Quinn, David Templeton, and Liam Boyce. It was Wimbledon’s first away league defeat this season after picking up four points from trips to Fleetwood and Barnsley. The two teams have met nine times since AFC Wimbledon’s promotion to the Football League back in 2011. It’s honours even from those previous battles with three wins each and three draws. Wimbledon’s first matches against Burton were in the 1964/65 season and they were two cracking games too! The Dons triumphed 6-2 at home and the reverse fixture ended in a 4-4 draw. Overall, Wimbledon and Burton have met 30 times with The Dons winning 18 times.

The last league meeting at the Cherry Red Records Stadium was on 16 September 2014 and it ended in a 3-0 win for Wimbledon, thanks to a double from Bayo Akinfenwa and a goal from Matt Tubbs. Click on the link below to watch highlights from that game.

Last time out

Sunderland 1-0 AFC Wimbledon

Burton Albion 0-0 Oxford United

Tickets

You can buy in advance for the Chemflow End and the RyGas terrace. Tickets are available in advance up until 11.00 am on Saturday with pre-match collection from the white ticket booth (next to the Dons Trust Kiosk). Alternatively, tickets will be available on the day. Please note that all tickets ordered after 2.00 pm on Wednesday will be available for collection at the white booth.

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Tune into match coverage on WDON from 3.00 pm with commentators Rob Cornell and Mikey T reporting from the press box. Visit our iFollow channel to access the commentary.

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Match Reports

A goal in each half earns victory for Burton

Dons beaten 2-0 at home by mid-table side

9 February 2019

AFC Wimbledon are still searching for a first league victory this year after defeat against Burton Albion at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

The Dons failed to recover from the early setback of Jamie Allen’s opener for the visitors and David Templeton’s second-half strike secure a 2-0 victory that was comfortable for Burton in the end. Wimbledon had opened the match full of positivity, but that was quickly deflated by Burton’s first goal in the 13th minute and it was difficult for the hosts to find a way back into it after that.

Wally Downes selected an unchanged starting line-up after the slender defeat against promotion-chasers Sunderland last time out. Michael Folivi was included in the match day squad for the first time after joining on transfer deadline day from Watford on loan. The Dons came into this match seeking a first league victory in 2019 against a Burton Albion side occupying a mid-table slot after three successive league draws.

Wimbledon came out of the blocks quickly with Dylan Connolly leading the charge and vociferous home appeals for a penalty were turned down inside a minute. Irish winger Connolly’s superb drive down the right ended with a cross that definitely hit Burton full-back Jake Burton’s arm, but referee Andy Haines adjudged that it was not worthy of a penalty. Instead, it was only a corner to Wimbledon and Kwesi Appiah volleyed acrobatically over after the cross was only half cleared. At the other end, Burton’s first threat came when they found Scott Fraser in space just outside the area, but he blazed over the crossbar.

The Dons had a decent free-kick opportunity in the seventh minute when Scott Wagstaff was fouled just outside the box, but Appiah’s effort from 20 yards flashed wide of the near post. Just when Wimbledon were looking to build on that bright start, came the opening goal for Burton. A swift move on the break involving David Templeton and Marcus Harness ended with a chance for Jamie Allen, who made no mistake. It was a well-worked move, but from a Wimbledon perspective Allen was left with way too much space to pick his spot.

There was a setback for Wimbledon in the 17th minute when Appiah had to go off with an injury and he was replaced by Pigott, who had an opportunity to build on his impressive midweek hat-trick for the development squad. Wimbledon struggled to create clear-cut chances in the first-half, but there was a good opportunity for Will Nightingale midway through the half. Burton initially struggled to clear a well delivered corner by Mitch Pinnock and the ball fell nicely for Nightingale, but he was unable to get enough on his shot and Burton keeper Bradley Collins was able to gather the ball.

As the first-half came to a close Wimbledon forced more corner kicks, but without being able to make the most of them. First, Pinnock’s corner was met by Deji Oshilaja, but he headed well wide. Then Pinnock’s excellent cross from the right was delivered into a good area in the box, but no one was able to get on the end of it. However, more attacking thrust was required if Wimbledon were to get back into this game in the second-half.

With Wimbledon struggling to find a way back into the game, Wally Downes decided to make a change and it was a significant one too with forward Michael Folivi coming on for his debut in place of Anthony Wordsworth. However, Wimbledon’s task was made even more difficult when Burton doubled the advantage through David Templeton, who produced an impressive angled drive to beat Aaron Ramsdale after a fine move. In response, Deji Oshilaja rose highest to get on the end of a corner, but his header was over the crossbar. The 2-0 score-line perhaps reflected the way that this season has gone. Wimbledon had again been far from outplayed, but the difference had been down to superior finishing from Burton.

As we entered the last 20 minutes, Wimbledon were struggling to create anything meaningful against a stubborn Burton Albion defence, who were very well drilled on the day. Setting aside their mauling in the Carabao Cup at the hands of Premier League Champions Man City, Burton had not been conceding many goals of late and Wimbledon found it difficult to break them down. There was a setback for Wimbledon in the 83rd minute when Terell Thomas had to go off injured and he was replaced by Toby Sibbick. With Wimbledon finding it difficult to gather any attacking momentum, Burton cruised to victory in the end.

AFC Wimbledon: Aaron Ramsdale, Tennai Watson, Deji Oshilaja, Will Nightingale, Terell Thomas (Toby Sibbick), Scott Wagstaff, Kwesi Appiah (Joe Pigott), Mitch Pinnock, Steve Seddon, Dylan Connolly, Anthony Wordsworth (Michael Folivi).

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Match Details: Support the battle for vital points

Arrangements for Saturday's game against Burton

8 February 2019

AFC Wimbledon will on Saturday be aiming to recreate a bit of the cup magic that swept aside West Ham when Burton Albion visit the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Tickets are available to show your support for Wally’s boys in the first home match since that impressive Emirates FA Cup victory. The Dons have four league games in February and your support will be very much appreciated in the pursuit of valuable points.

Below is a summary of ticket availability and other match arrangements ahead of tomorrow’s game.

Tickets

You can buy in advance for the Chemflow End and the RyGas terrace. Tickets are available in advance up until 11.00 am on Saturday with pre-match collection from the white ticket booth (next to the Dons Trust Kiosk). Alternatively, tickets will be available on the day. Please note that all tickets ordered after 2.00 pm on Wednesday will be available for collection at the white booth.

At present, seated tickets are sold out. However, returns are expected to be available, so please e-mail info@afcwimbledon.ltd.uk to be put on a waiting list.

Programme

Tomorrow’s edition is well worth adding to your collection. It includes an extensive interview with on-loan goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, who talks about bouncing back after being released by Bolton Wanderers as a 15-year-old. Since then, Aaron has earned a big money move to AFC Bournemouth, won international youth honours with England, and now he’s eager to boost Wimbledon’s survival bid. There’s an interesting interview in Saturday’s programme with Jon Meades, who updates us on his first six months as part of our academy’s coaching team after his retirement from playing.

Bars

The Your Golf Travel Bar will be open from 12 noon on Saturday with a wide selection of drinks, including real ales. Plough Lane Ale, Adnams Southwold Bitter, and XXK will be served up in the YGT Bar. The Back Bar will also be open from the same time with Plough Lane Ale, Wimbledon Common, and XXK as the real ales available. The pop-up bar (located in the Your Golf Travel Bar) will also be open, selling drinks including Wimbledon Pale Ale and Wimbledon Gold. 

We will be showing live football on TV screens in the bars before and after Wimbledon’s match. The early televised match features Fulham v Man United (12.30 pm kick-off) with Brighton hosting Burnley (5.30 pm kick-off). We will be pleased to welcome Burton Albion supporters into the bar areas.

DT Kiosk

DT members and people interested in the work of the Trust are welcome to visit the Dons Trust Kiosk before the match. You can also join the Trust or renew your membership at the kiosk, sign up to the Dons Draw (our regular monthly lottery) or donate loose change, foreign currency or items for AFCbay (our online auction). DTB members on duty tomorrow will be Jane Lonsdale and Luke Mackenzie. 

Golden Goals

Win the £100 first prize by buying a Golden Goal ticket tomorrow! Entry costs just £1, so look out for our Golden Goal sellers around the stadium before the game on Saturday.

Tickets for away games

The Dons are at Walsall on Tuesday night and you can buy tickets for this game before or after Saturday's game from the complimentary tickets window.

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