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Preview: Wally urges his side to rise to the challenge again

Quotes from both managers and a recap of previous battles ahead of trip to Coventry

11 January 2019

AFC Wimbledon on Saturday face a tough test against a Coventry side flying high in League One, but the Dons go into it buoyed by an impressive away victory last time out.

Since the appointment of Wally Downes, Wimbledon have only lost twice, and one of those was at the home of League One leaders Portsmouth. The manager is looking for his players to continue the feel-good factor created by that last-gasp FA Cup win at Fleetwood Town. The Dons will be taking on a Coventry side currently occupying eighth place in the table, but the Sky Blues did suffer defeat last time with a 2-1 league loss at Scunthorpe United.

Below are quotes from both managers, plus team news, stats, and a recap of previous battles.

Wally Downes

“Every game is a test, especially with the position that we found ourselves in, and this will be a challenge. We’ve risen to every test so far. From my point of view, there has been constant improvement each time that we’ve played. We are getting better as a team and long may that continue so that the results will come with that.

“It’s been a really good week. The first time this week that we saw the whole squad together was on Tuesday when they knew about the draw and they’ve been bubbly since then.”

Mark Robins

“We’re playing in a way which I think is attractive. The goal we scored against Southend was a brilliant team goal and that’s where we want to try and get to regularly. Tomorrow we will come up against a side who have won two of their last three and they’ve got a new manager with a Wimbledon connection from the days when I was playing and understands what they’re about and what they require and regardless of their position in the league it’s a difficult game.

“We found ourselves in a similar position two years ago at the bottom of the league but still winning games and playing some decent football. The chances are it will be a tough game for us and flip that round, if we do the right things it will be a difficult afternoon for them and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

Team news

Dylan Connolly could be included in Wally Downes’s squad for the first time after his international clearance came through earlier today. Deji Oshilaja and Joe Pigott are both also in contention to be back in the squad after shaking off injuries. The Dons will be without Ben Purrington for Saturday, as he was recalled by Rotherham, and subsequently joined Charlton Athletic on loan. Tyler Garratt is poised to step-up and fill the void.

For Coventry, Bright Enobakhare has signed on loan from Wolves and he could make his debut against the Dons.

Form guide (last six, starting with most recent)

Coventry City LWWWLL

AFC Wimbledon WLDWWL

Last time out

Scunthorpe United 1-2 Coventry City

Fleetwood 2-3 AFC Wimbledon

Previous meetings

The last three matches between these two sides have all ended in draws. In August, it was a 0-0 draw at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, and the previous two meetings came in the 2016/17, a season when the Sky Blues were relegated. Below is a recap of both of those matches:

AFC Wimbledon (Robinson) 1-1 Coventry City (Jones) on 14 February 2017)

Paul Robinson rescued a point for Wimbledon in stoppage time after a goal from Jodi Jones had threatened to win it for Coventry, who were keeping spirits high despite seemingly being doomed to relegation. The Sky Blues did go down at the end of that season, but they bounced back with promotion from League 2 last season at the first attempt.

Coventry City (Sordell, Wright) 2-2 AFC Wimbledon (Taylor, Meades) on 28 September 2016

The Dons fell behind inside two minutes though a goal from Marvin Sordell, but Jon Meades equalised before half-time. Wimbledon appeared to be heading for victory when Lyle Taylor struck seven minutes from time, but Andre Wright earned a point for Coventry in the fourth minute of injury-time.

Tickets

Dons supporters will be accommodated in the seated and covered South Stand.

Wimbledon supporters can pay on the day at the following prices:

Adults £25;

Concessions (Over 60s,18-21 years, and students with valid ID) £18

Juniors (under 18) £13

For those supporters who have purchased tickets in advance, you can collect pre-match from the ticket office at the Ricoh Arena (situated opposite the casino).

Parking

Coventry City have advised us that the Ricoh Arena is within a restricted car parking zone. Therefore, it is recommended that supporters pre-book a space if they wish to guarantee a parking spot. It's £5 to book and you can do so by visiting the Ricoh Arena website.

iFollow

Stay in touch with the action from the Ricoh Arena by tuning into iFollow. WDON commentators Mikey T and Rob Cornell will be reporting live on the game from Coventry.

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Dons earn a creditable draw at Coventry

Wimbledon stay strong to secure a result

12 January 2019

The Dons showed plenty of resilience to dig in for a point at Coventry City today.

A second minute goal from Jake Jervis had given Wimbledon an opportunity at the Ricoh Arena, but the visitors had to defend well to deny Coventry all three points after an equaliser from Luke Thomas. A total of 667 travelling Dons watched Wally Downes’s men secure a 1-1 draw that came after a last-gasp strike from Liam Kelly had thudded off the crossbar.

AFC Wimbledon came into this match aiming to secure league points on the road after the morale boost provided by last Saturday’s last-gasp FA Cup at Fleetwood Town. Wally Downes made three changes to his starting line-up with Deji Oshilaja, Jake Jervis, and Tyler Garratt making the 11 in place of Terell Thomas, Kwesi Appiah, and Ben Purrington. Appiah (hamstring) joined Thomas on the injury list with Purrington having departed the club on Friday.

There was a perfect start for Wimbledon at the Ricoh Arena with a goal after just 72 seconds. Anthony Hartigan’s corner was nodded on at the near post by Paul Kalambayi and though Coventry keeper Lee Burge kept the ball out, the ball fell nicely for Jervis, who slotted it home. What a start for Wimbledon in pursuit of a first league win in 2019. A spirited response followed from Coventry though and the Dons had to defend resolutely to stay in front. The first instance of that came when Luke Thomas got in behind and pulled the ball back for Jordy Hiwula, whose shot was on target, but Garratt did really well to block. A shot from Tom Bayliss was also charged down, as Coventry sought to restore parity.

At the other end, Wimbledon looked dangerous on the break and it was almost 2-0 when Mitch Pinnock struck a fierce effort that bounced off the crossbar and away to safety. That did not change the pattern of this match though, as Coventry continued to press. Aaron Ramsdale was called into action for the first time when he reacted well to tip a shot from Liam Kelly over the crossbar. Thomas also shot wide after finding space in the box.

As we approached the half hour mark, there was a worrying moment for Wimbledon when a pass from Bright Enobakhare put Hiwula clean through. The Coventry man just had Ramsdale to beat, but the on-loan keeper was quick to come off his line and block the effort. Ramsdale also had to stay alert to save a shot from Sam McCallum shortly afterwards. In a first-half that mostly involved defending from a Dons perspective, Jervis attempted to notch his second, but Lee Burge got down well to save his shot. A half-time 1-0 lead was reward for Wimbledon staying strong in defence against a Coventry team who marched forward at every opportunity.

Coventry continued to pile forward at the start of the second and the Dons were fortunate that a shot from Tom Bayliss was deflected just wide of the target. Wimbledon also needed a vital interception from Tyler Garratt to stop Coventry equalising after a quick break from the hosts. However, there was no reprieve for Wimbledon just after the hour, as Coventry benefited from a slice of fortune. Luke Thomas cut in from the right and his shot left Ramsdale with no chance as it took a wicked deflection.

Far from that equaliser signalling an all-out attacking assault from the hosts, it appeared to galvanise Wimbledon. Anthony Hartigan and Anthony Wordsworth started to see a bit more of the ball in midfield and Wally Downes was perhaps sensing that the three points could still be up for grabs when he made a double change in the 69th minute. Dylan Connolly came on for his Wimbledon debut with Jervis making way and Joe Pigott also entered the fray for Garratt. It didn’t take long for Connolly to show a glimpse of what he could offer Wimbledon. A lovely run from the Irish winger set-up Andy Barcham and his pass found Pigott, but he took too long and the chance was gone.

As we edged towards the latter stages Wimbledon looked the more likely to win it. Andy Barcham had a shot saved by Burge and in the final minutes a Dons corner was only half cleared and Anthony Wordsworth’s goal-bound shot was charged down. At the other end, Wimbledon were almost caught out after a quick Coventry break, but Hiwula scuffed his effort from close range. Kelly also thudded a shot against the crossbar, but defeat would have been harsh on Wimbledon and it was a good point for the Dons against a side flying high in the top half of League One.

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

Pic credit: Simon Davies, Pro Sports Images.

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Ticket News

Coventry: tickets, travel, and parking

Match details for Wimbledon's match at the Ricoh Arena

9 January 2019

AFC Wimbledon's next League One game is at Coventry City on Saturday and tickets are available in advance for this match.

Tickets will be available to buy on the day at the Ricoh Arena, but please note that match day prices for all categories rise by £3.

You can buy in advance from our online ticket shop.

Dons supporters will be accommodated in the seated and covered South Stand.

Prices for tickets bought in advance (you can collect at the Ricoh Arena) are as follows:

  • Adults £22;
  • Concessions (Over 60s,18-21 years, and students with valid ID) £15
  • Juniors (under 18) £10

Disabled supporters

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled fans are charged the relevant price for their age, with a carer admitted free of charge. Wheelchair spaces are located in the front of Block 8 in the South Stand. Contact the club on 020 8547 3528 for more information.

Supporters' Coach

The supporters’ coach will leave from opposite South Wimbledon tube station at 10.30 am and from the Cherry Red Records Stadium at 11.00 am. The price is £25 for return travel. Contact the club office on 020 8547 3528 to make a booking. 

Parking

Coventry City have advised us that the Ricoh Arena is within a restricted car parking zone. Therefore, it is recommended that supporters pre-book a space if they wish to guarantee a parking spot. It's £5 to book and you can do so by visiting the Ricoh Arena website.

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