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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 march into fourth round with a dramatic winner

Appiah nets last-gasp goal to send Wimbledon through

5 January 2019

A dramatic 90th minute winner from Kwesi Appiah secured AFC Wimbledon a place in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time since the club was reformed.

The Dons won it 3-2 with a superb strike from Appiah proving to be decisive after Fleetwood had come back from 2-0 down to level the score with 18 minutes left. It had appeared that Wimbledon had missed the chance to win it on the day, but Wally Downes’s men showed plenty of character to bounce back and earn victory.

Wally Downes made one just change to his starting line after the gallant defeat to League One leaders Portsmouth last time out. It was a significant one though with goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale thrust straight in for his debut just one day after signing on loan from AFC Bournemouth. Nineteen-year-old Paul Kalambayi retained his place at the heart of defence after his impressive display on his league debut at Fratton Park.

Fleetwood had the better of the opening exchanges and Ramsdale was called into action in just the eighth minute when he reacted well to save Ashley Hunter’s shot. Kalambayi went into the referee’s book just two minutes later for a late tackle on Paddy Madden, the defender making the challenge to stop a Fleetwood break. The early pressure from the hosts continued and it needed fine defending from Tennai Watson to keep Wmbledon level when he twice blocked shots from Ched Evans.

After defending stoutly early on, Wimbledon marched into the lead with a goal of real quality. Mitch Pinnock’s throw-in was knocked back to him by Kwesi Appiah and his ball in was a lovely one as it picked out Andy Barcham in the box. There was still a lot of work to do for Barcham with his back to goal, but he turned smartly and struck a superb effort into the top corner. There was almost a chance to double the advantage shortly afterwards when Nightingale’s pass picked out Appiah, but he was caught offside.

As we approached the half hour mark, Fleetwood started to apply pressure. Hunter’s free-kick flashed just wide and then Craig Morgan headed against the crossbar, but the flag was up for offside. Fleetwood created a good chance to equalise in the 35th minute when a nice move ended with James Wallace finding Evans in the box and his shot was well struck, but Ramsdale did really well to save it and he reacted well to stop Hunter’s follow-up. With six minutes left of the first-half Fleetwood had their best chance so far when a good move ended with Evans finding Hunter just six yards out, but he shot over from close range.

The half-time whistle signalled a job well done from Wimbledon. Though attacking opportunities had been limited for the Dons, the defending had been good enough to limit Fleetwood to very little.

Fleetwood started the second-half full of attacking intent and Ramsdale was required to be alert to stop Wes Burns from halving the deficit. However, that was a rare second-half opening for Fleetwood as Wimbledon continued to defend resiliently and the advantage was doubled in style with 10 minutes of the second-half gone. A long ball picked out Appiah, who showed good awareness to hold the ball up and pick out Anthony Hartigan. The 18-year-old struck first time with a lovely effort that left Fleetwood keeper Alex Cairns with no chance.

At 2-0 up, Wimbledon appeared to have one foot in the fourth round, but Fleetwood kept on going and they halved the deficit in the 69th minute. A free-kick was swung in by Ross Wallace to pick out James Wallace and though his initial header was well saved by Ramsdale, Paddy Madden slotted home the rebound. It was a different game now and three minutes later it was 2-2. Ched Evans cut inside from the left wing and the referee adjudged that Tennai Watson’s challenge was worthy of a penalty. It appeared to be a harsh decision, but Fleetwood took full advantage with Evans striking home the equaliser from 12 yards.

Though Fleetwood pushed for a winner, Wimbledon’s players steadied the ship and then went in search of a decisive goal. Mitch Pinnock almost found the key to the door when he powered down the right flank, but his cross flashed across goal with no one able to get on the end of it. Anthony Wordsworth also had a shot charged down as Wimbledon sensed that a victory could still be secured. Fleetwood threatened to win it in the latter stages when Ramsdale saved at his near post from Evans, but the Dons were not to be denied. Appiah turned onto his left foot and struck a cracking effort from outside the area that found the bottom corner. The travelling Dons went absolutely crazy in the away end, celebrating wildly with the players. What a way to secure a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup!

AFC Wimbledon: Aaron Ramsdale, Tennai Watson, Terell Thomas (Liam Trotter), Paul Kalambayi, Ben Purrington, Will Nightingale, Anthony Hartigan, Kwesi Appiah, Mitchell Pinnock, Andy Barcham (Jake Jervis), Anthony Wordsworth.  

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Fleetwood away: Tickets for FA Cup tie

How to get your ticket for Saturday's game and details about the supporters' coach

2 January 2019

AFC Wimbledon are back on the road again this Saturday with a trip to Fleetwood Town in the Emirates FA Cup and adult tickets are available for just £10.

Wimbledon will be bidding to reach the fourth round of the competition for the first time since reformation in 2002 and tickets are available to cheer on Wally Downes' men in pursuit of that target. You can also book a place on the supporters' coach (see details at the bottom of this page).

Advance tickets from our online shop are available up until 3.00 pm on Friday, but you can also pay on the day at Highbury Stadium.

Dons fans have a choice of being accommodated in the seated and covered Parkside Stand at the end of the main stand, which is accessed via Parkside turnstiles 1 and 2 (located next to the main club shop and ticket office on Park Avenue), or in the covered Percy Ronson Terrace behind the goal at the south end of the stadium (accessed via Away turnstiles 1 to 3 located at the junction of Hatfield Avenue and Highbury Avenue).

Prices

Seats: Adults £12; Concessions (over 65 and under 25) £6; Under-16s £2.

Terrace: Adults £10; Concessions (over 65 and under 25) £5; Under-16s £1.

Disabled supporters

Seven wheelchair bays, located in the Parkside Stand, are available for visiting supporters. For both wheelchair users and ambulant disabled supporters, admission is charged at the relevant age rate, with a registered carer admitted free of charge. Contact 020 8547 3528 for information.

Coach Travel

The supporters' coach will leave from opposite South Wimbledon tube station at 7.00 am and from the Cherry Red Records Stadium at 7.30 am. The price is £28, and places on the coach can be reserved by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays.

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