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19 January 2019 Venue The Cherry Red Records Stadium Attendance

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Preview: Wally on the key challenge facing Wimbledon

Quotes from both camps ahead of The Dons v Barnsley

18 January 2019

Wally Downes has spoken about getting the best from his players ahead of a busy week of league and cup action, starting against Barnsley on Saturday.

The Dons face in-form promotion hopefuls Barnsley tomorrow, before hosting Fleetwood on Tuesday night, and then West Ham in the Emirates FA Cup.

Barnsley have taken 14 points from the last 18 on offer with German manager Daniel Stendel guiding them up to fifth in the League One table.

However, Wimbledon go into an important week on home turf in good form at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. Since Wally Downes was appointed as manager, the Dons have won two and drawn two out of four home games.

Below are quotes from both camps, plus stats, ahead of the game.

Wally Downes

“The key challenge is getting us out of the position that we are in. We’ve played well and picked up points, but our position hasn’t changed. It’s important that I get into the minds of the players as it’s about focusing solely on what’s in front of us and that’s winning the next game. It’s no good looking further ahead or looking at league tables, positions, or points we are going to need. We need to break it down and get it down to winning the next game. That’s the focus we are on.

“Barnsley are very energetic, they press high, and they are confident. Their league position reflects that, but they are going to know that they are in a game. We have to match them early on and try to grind out the win. The week starts with Barnsley and if we can get a good start in that one it puts us into Fleetwood and then anything can happen in the FA Cup game. It all starts with the first-half against Barnsley and we have to make sure we give a good account of ourselves then.”

Andreas Winkler (Assistant Manager at Barnsley)

“We expect a really hard fight on Saturday; they defend as a group and play very direct to their centre forwards. There’s a lot of experience in their squad. It’s not Bradford at home – Bradford are a strong side and had a good run – and now we have to show the same performance away and play at that level, which is not always easy. We have to be humble and make the players aware that every point in this league is hard to win. We won't underestimate them.

“We can put the pressure on Wimbledon from the first minute – that’s our style. We can do it differently from the last match on Oakwell against Bradford. We need to be switched on from the first second, put pressure on them and show that it’s really hard to play against us whether at home or away.”

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

AFC Wimbledon DWLDWW

Barnsley WLDWWW

Last time out

Coventry 1-1 Wimbledon

Barnsley 3-0 Bradford

Previous meeting

Barnsley 0-0 AFC Wimbledon (18 August 2018)

The Dons showed plenty of grit up in Yorkshire to earn a point at Oakwell. Wimbledon could even have won it with Kwesi Appiah having a goal ruled out for offside. Tom Soares also came close to a goal for Wimbledon, but Barnsley had their chances too on the day.

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Wimbledon supporters can pay on the day for this match. For more details about getting tickets and general information about the game, please refer to our Match Details article.

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Match Reports

Promotion-chasers Barnsley prove too strong for The Dons

Wimbledon come up short after Joe Pigott's equaliser

19 January 2019

It was a difficult second-half for Wimbledon today with three goals after the break earning a clear-cut victory for promotion-chasers Barnsley in the end.

The Dons had shown plenty of spirit to get back to 1-1 at half-time, but Barnsley hit top form to win it 4-1 with goals from Kieffer Moore, Mamadou Thiam, and Cameron McGeehan.

Wimbledon had matched one of the in-form sides in League One for the best part of an hour, but the men from Yorkshire showed all of the attacking fluency that has put them in contention to get back into the Championship at the first attempt.

Wally Downes made three changes from the side that started the 1-1 draw at Coventry City last time out. There was a notable inclusion at left-back with Steve Seddon coming in for his debut in place of Tyler Garratt. Joe Pigott and Terell Thomas were both recalled after shaking off injuries with Anthony Wordsworth and Anthony Hartigan having to settle for places on the bench. The Dons started the game with Will Nightingale and Deji Oshilaja at the heart of midfield, aiming to protect a defence that was sure to be tested against in-form opponents.

Barnsley came into this match full of confidence after taking 14 points from the last 18 on offer. It needed good work by Tennai Watson to stop Thiam going clean through. Then Aaron Ramsdale was required to make a fine save when he palmed away a shot by McGeehan from outside the area. At the other end, Mitch Pinnock had a shot blocked as Wimbledon attempted to get going as an attacking force. Considering Barnsley’s superiority early on, it was no surprise when they took the lead in the 20th minute. Ramsdale once again showed good reactions to tip a shot from Thiam wide, but the visitors scored from the subsequent corner. Though the delivery was half cleared by Wimbledon, Cauley Woodrow struck a superb effort that arrowed into the top corner.

There was no let-up from Barnsley after taking the lead and Ramsdale was required to be at his best once again when he made a stunning finger-tip save to deny Ben Williams. However, Wimbledon dug deep to stay in the game and earned an equaliser in the 35th minute. Andy Barcham swung in a free-kick from the left and Pigott rose highest to get his head on it with an effort that just crept inside the far post. All of a sudden, it was a different game now. Will Nightingale struck a fierce drive from just outside the area that Adam Davies did well to tip over the crossbar. Kalambayi then had a header just over the crossbar.

Just minutes before half-time, Wimbledon missed a great opportunity to take the lead. Barcham picked out Pigott and his shot across the face of goal found Jake Jervis just inside the six-yard box, but he shot wide. However, in first-half injury time Wimbledon needed Ramsdale to make his best stop yet when he produced an acrobatic save to stop Kenny Dougal from putting Barnsley in front. When the half-time whistle sounded Wimbledon could be pleased with a spirited fightback and it had certainly been an entertaining 45 minutes.

The second-half opened with both sides threatening. Oshilaja had a decent opportunity, but he dragged his shot wide of the far post. At the other end, Thiam had the ball in the net, but his effort was ruled out for offside. However, there was no reprieve for Wimbledon in the 52nd minute when Alex Mowatt crossed from the Barnsley right and Kieffer Moore headed home emphatically. Just as they had in the first-half, Barnsley attempted to press home their advantage and it was 3-1 in the 65th minute. Good work by Moore down the wing set-up Thiam and his fierce drive left Ramsdale with absolutely no chance.

It was difficult for Wimbledon now after falling 3-1 behind against an in-form side. However, Wordsworth headed wide of the target after entering the fray in the second-half. Another substitute, Dylan Connolly, provided something for Wimbledon supporters to cheer too. He produced a brilliant run down the right before cutting the ball back for Mitch Pinnock, who struck a goal-bound effort, but it was blocked. Connolly produced another marauding run down the right shortly afterwards, but no one was able to get on the end of his searching cross.

To Wimbledon’s credit, heads didn’t go down against a side that showed exactly why they are vying for promotion. The Dons kept going, but no goal back followed, and McGeehan struck a fourth to make it a harsh scoreline in the end. There’s a quick chance to get back on track with a home match against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night.

AFC Wimbledon: Aaron Ramsdale, Tennai Watson, Deji Oshilaja, Will Nightingale, Terell Thomas, Jake Jervis, Mitch Pinnock, Steve Seddon, Andy Barcham (Dylan Connolly), Paul Kalambayi, Joe Pigott (Anthony Wordsworth). 

Pic credit: Matt Redman, Pro Sports Images.

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Ticket News

Match Details: Tickets left to cheer on The Dons

Watch Wimbledon's first home match of the year v Barnsley

18 January 2019

AFC Wimbledon will be aiming to mark the club’s first home game of 2019 by taking three valuable points against Barnsley on Saturday and tickets are available for Dons supporters.

Wally Downes’s men have earned an FA Cup victory and a point at Coventry from the last two matches on the road, and tomorrow Wimbledon will be seeking to build on those results with a good performance at the Cherry Red Records Stadium (3.00 pm kick-off).

Promotion-chasers Barnsley are the opponents on Saturday and your support will be greatly appreciated as the Dons seek vital points in pursuit of League One survival.

Below is a summary of ticket availability and other key information ahead of Saturday’s game. 

Tickets

Seat tickets for the Paul Strank Stand and the John Green Stand are sold out, but we do still have availability for the Chemflow End and the RyGas terrace. These are for home supporters only. Buy in advance from our online ticket shop up until 11.00 am tomorrow morning and collect from the complimentary tickets window before the game. Alternatively, tickets will be available to buy on the day for Wimbledon supporters.

Bars

These will be open from 12 noon with a wide selection of drinks, including real ales, available to buy.

The Wimbledon Brewery pop-up bar will be well stocked in the main bar with Wimbledon Pale Ale, Wimbledon Gold lager and bottled soft drinks available to purchase. The Your Golf Travel Bar (main bar) will also be open as usual, selling drinks including Plough Lane Ale, Gallows Gold and XXK.

The back bar will also be open with a wide selection of drinks available, including Plough Lane, Wimbledon Common, and Wimbledon Pale Ale. Hot mulled cider will also be on sale in the bars at £3 a cup.

We will be pleased to welcome Barnsley supporters into the bar areas before the game.

Matchday Ticket Scanning Information

We want to remind fans of the procedure should a red-light flash on the turnstile indicator when you scan your season ticket or ticket to enter the ground. One of our matchday stewards will direct you towards the ticket booth in the main foyer corridor, for further assistance. Please note this ticket booth is situated by the club’s trophy cabinet in the Paul Strank stand entrance. Here our ticket team can quickly resolve your issue and re-print your match ticket or season ticket if needed. See our previous article for more information.  

Programme

Tomorrow’s first edition of 2019 is well worth adding to your collection. It features an extensive interview with Paul Kalambayi, who talks about his rise through the Dons academy ranks and why he turned down higher level clubs to join Wimbledon. There’s also an interview with on-loan keeper Aaron Ramsdale after his bright start to life at AFC Wimbledon.

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.

Dons Trust Stall

Dons Trust 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). Anna Kingsley and Jane Lonsdale will be on the kiosk tomorrow.

Tickets for away games

Tickets will be on sale tomorrow for the away matches at Sunderland and Walsall. You can buy these from the complimentary tickets window before the match and for a short time afterwards. Please note that we will not be selling tickets for the Emirates FA Cup game against West Ham.

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