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Preview: Giving everything for the points

The views of both camps, stats and how you can follow the game

2 November 2018

Neal Ardley has left no stone unturned in preparation for Saturday’s game, as he seeks to revive Wimbledon’s fortunes.

The Dons go in search of a second home League victory tomorrow against a Shrewsbury Town side also desperate for points at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Having given a passionate speech to our fan base, Neal is aiming to end a run of six defeats as the Dons look to pull away from the relegation zone. Shrews boss John Askey is also very keen to pull away from the wrong end of the table, having only taken over the position in June.

Although Shrewsbury recorded an impressive 3-1 victory over Barnsley in their last home game, Askey is aiming for their first away win at the ninth attempt. 

Quotes

Neal Ardley –

“We’ve been in long hours. On Monday we went down one route. The players were in until 5 pm, leaving to go home in the dark. We had a long session on Tuesday and on Thursday we trained at the ground for a change of scenery and to mix things up.

“We’ve done everything we can in terms of working on Saturday’s game and working on what we need to be about. All you can do as a manager and as a coaching staff is leave no stone unturned in your performance. We want to score goals, we want to try and create chances and we’ve worked very hard on that this week, we have done for the last few weeks. We haven’t taken them, but we will continue to work on them. There’s no guarantees in football, but with a slice of luck and good fortune we can start something.”   

John Askey –

“Going to Wimbledon, it’s important we start right. They haven’t won in the last six, so their confidence is going to be low. I’m sure being at home they are going to fight and scrap. It will be a difficult game on a tight pitch.

“We have got to make sure we are up for it and hopefully our ability will be enough to get us a win. We have to go out there with a positive mind, because the majority of teams we have played we have more than matched.”

Last time out

AFC Wimbledon 0, Luton Town 2

Oxford United 3, Shrewsbury Town 0

Last meeting

24 March, 2018

League One

Shrewsbury Town 1, AFC Wimbledon 0

Wimbledon’s last victory over the Shrews came in May of 2012, when the Dons won 3-1 with two goals from Luke Moore and one from Byron Harrison.

Form guide

(Last six games – most recent first, all competitions)

AFC Wimbledon – LLLLLL

Shrewsbury Town - LWLLWW

Top scorers

AFC Wimbledon – Joe Pigott  (6)

Shrewsbury Town – Lee Angol and Greg Docherty (3 each)

Tickets

Terrace tickets are still available to buy online in the RyGas Terrace and Chemflow End. Follow the below link to our online ticket store.

Shrewsbury Town Tickets >>

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If you can't make the game then commentary is available from our WDON team, via our iFollow Dons platform. Go to our dedicated iFollow page for further information.

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Improved Dons display ends with last-gasp defeat

Late goal wins it for Shrewsbury

3 November 2018

Wimbledon suffered late heartbreak today with a Luke Waterfall header two minutes from time condemning Neal Ardley’s men to defeat.

A much-improved Dons display had threatened to earn victory with a goal from James Hanson earning a 1-0 half-time lead, but two goals from Waterfall secured a 2-1 victory for Shrewsbury. It was certainly harsh on Wimbledon with the hosts having chances to win it at 1-1, in particular when Mitch Pinnock’s free-kick was tipped onto the woodwork by Shrewsbury keeper Steve Arnold.

Neal Ardley made three changes to the side that started against Luton with Joe Pigott, Mitch Pinnock, and Toby Sibbick recalled in place of Kwesi Appiah, Liam Trotter, and Will Nightingale. There was a blow for Wimbledon in the pre-match warm-up with Rod McDonald injured and that meant Terell Thomas received a late call-up to make his full league debut for Wimbledon. Tyler Burey was therefore on the bench for Wimbledon.

From the outset, Shrewsbury attempted to put pressure on by getting balls into the box, but Wimbledon’s much-changed defence stood up to the challenge well. After dealing with that pressure well, Wimbledon started to really dominate. Pinnock was lively in his recall to the side, offering something different in attack with his dribbling skills. The attacking midfielder’s deliveries are always a useful weapon and he put over a superb cross from the left that was just begging to be slotted home, but no one was able to get on the end of it. With Pigott, who came into this game boosted by signing a new contract with the Dons, and James Hanson working tirelessly up front, Shrewsbury were finding it difficult to cope.

Midway through the first-half, Wimbledon had the best chance so far with Pigott as the instigator. Finding space on the left, the striker sent over a lovely cross that was met at the back post by Tom Soares. However, he didn’t get the best of connections and his shot was deflected wide off James Hanson, who didn’t know much about it. Just after the half hour, Wimbledon had an even better chance. Pinnock’s corner from the right was knocked back by Deji Oshilaja at the back post and it found Thomas in space, but he blazed over the crossbar.

Wimbledon continued to raise the tempo, forcing several corners in succession, and the opening goal eventually resulted from the pressure. Pinnock’s superb corner delivery from the right picked out James Hanson at the back post and he headed home from close-range to notch his second Wimbledon goal since joining in the summer. It was a much-needed goal for the Dons and several of the players went across to the touch-line to celebrate with Neal Ardley. Wimbledon were full value for the lead as the half-time whistle shrilled and the only complaint was that it really could have been more of an advantage to take into the second-half.

There was a blow for Wimbledon in the 52nd minute with Hanson having to come off injured and he was replaced by Jake Jervis. Shrewsbury had steadily started to come into it at the start of the second-half and they were level in the 58th minute. A corner by Greg Docherty was headed on by Aaron Amadi-Holloway and Luke Waterfall cracked home emphatically from close-range. It was a disappointing way for Wimbledon to concede after scoring from a set-piece in the first-half and it was a test of character now for the Dons after a difficult run of results.

Wimbledon stood firm against a Shrewsbury side eager to turn this around and the hosts came so close to regaining the lead in the 69th minute. Following a foul on Joe Pigott just outside the box, Mitch Pinnock curled in a lovely free-kick from 20 yards that Shrewsbury keeper Steve Arnold tipped onto a post. It appeared certain that Wimbledon would finish it off from the rebound, but Shrewsbury defender Matt Sadler did brilliantly to stop Jake Jervis from making it 2-1. In a second-half that could have gone either way, Wimbledon needed Joe McDonnell to make a fine save to deny Oliver Norburn.

With 13 minutes to go, Jervis almost opened his Wimbledon account with a fine shot from outside the area that flashed just wide. Then Wimbledon came even closer when Wagstaff sent over a cross that was flicked on by Jervis to find Pinnock at the back post, but he shot wide. However, this game was on a knife-edge, as shown by a quick Shrewsbury break that almost caught the Dons out. Amadi-Holloway broke through and powered into the area, but Sibbick’s last-ditch tackle was adjudged to be fine by the referee.

It appeared that Wimbledon were set to end the run of defeats, but Shrewsbury won it when a free-kick was crossed to the back post and Waterfall’s header found the back of the net.

AFC Wimbledon: Joe McDonnell, Ben Purrington, Deji Oshilaja, Scott Wagstaff, Anthony Hartigan, Mitch Pinnock, James Hanson (Jake Jervis), Tom Soares, Toby Sibbick, Terell Thomas, Joe Pigott.

Pic credit: Matt Redman, Pro Sports Images.

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Match Details: Tickets left to watch the Dons take on Shrewsbury

Buy online or on the day to show your support for the Dons

2 November 2018

Neal Ardley's men will tomorrow be aiming for three vital points against Shrewsbury and your support can help the boys in pursuit of a second home win this season.

In an interview yesterday, the manager yesterday thanked Dons fans for getting behind the team recently and terrace tickets are available for tomorrow's match to show your support once again.

Below is a summary of match arrangements and other information ahead of the game:

Tickets

All seat tickets are sold out, but we do still have tickets available for the popular Chemflow terrace and the RyGas Stand (just £17 for adults). Tomorrow's match is not all-ticket and you can pay on the day. However, you can buy online before 11.00 am on Saturday to guarantee your place. Tickets can be collected pre-match from the white booth in Jack Goodchild Way.

A mark of respect

There will be a minute's silence before tomorrow's game. As previously announced, it will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, with the club having teamed up with the Surrey Royal British Legion. The minute's silence will also be staged as a memorial for the friends and family of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after the tragic events at the King Power Stadium last weekend. Look out for volunteer Poppy sellers at tomorrow's game and The Last Post will also be played before kick-off. In attendance at tomorrow's game will be two Chelsea Pensioners and a 100-year-old ex-serviceman. With all of this in mind, we are requesting that you take your places in the ground well before kick-off so that the ceremony can take place in a quiet and respectful atmosphere.

Bars

The Your Golf Travel Bar will be open from 12 noon with a wide selection of drinks available. Drinks served  include Plough Lane Ale, Wimbledon XXK, and Gallows Gold. Supporters can watch the live lunchtime match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester United (from 12.30 pm) on TV screens. You can also stay on after the Wimbledon game to watch Arsenal v Liverpool from 5.30 pm. The back bar will open from 1.00 pm and will serve a wide selection of drinks, including the following: Bud Light, Budweiser, Becks Vier, Stella Artois, Magners, Magners Dark Fruits and Goose Island IPA on tap. Plough Lane Ale, Wimbledon Common, and Gallows Gold will also offer a treat for ale lovers.

The Turnstile Bar (open from 12.00 noon) will be selling plastic bottled beer, cider and soft drinks. Beer and cider bottles will be available for £3.50 per bottle or two for £6! This is situated next to the club shop. With the temperatures starting to plummet, you can warm yourself up by sampling Mulled Cider, which will be served in the Turnstile Bar and the main bars. The Wimbledon Brewery pop-up bar, launched at the Luton game, will be open once again outside (from 12 noon). Wimbledon Gold Lager and Wimbledon Pale Ale will be available from this bar. We will be pleased to welcome Shrewsbury supporters into the bar areas on Saturday before the game.

Dons Trust Kiosk

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 ask board members Mark Davis and Cormac van der Hoeven about the work of the board generally or their own specific roles. Mark is Chair of the Trust and a member of the board's Oversight and Operations committees, whilst Cormac is a member of the board's Engagement & Communications Committee. This is the last home match at which members can hand in at the kiosk a paper proxy vote to approve the issue of shares in AFCW PLC. 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). Please note that the DT no longer collects printer cartridges.

Programme

This will feature an extensive interview with our top scorer Joe Pigott, who talks about choosing a career in football instead of another sport that he excelled at as a teenager. In addition, seventeen-year-old prospect Tyler Burey gives his first interview for the programme after making the first-team squad and scoring a superb midweek winner in the Surrey Senior Cup.

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