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Preview: Dons raring to go for Bradford

Views from both camps, stats, and a recap of previous meetings

2 October 2018

AFC Wimbledon will be aiming to get the better of Bradford City again after picking up six vital points against the Bantams last season, but Simon Bassey expects tonight’s opponents to be a tough nut to crack under new manager David Hopkin.

Wimbledon head into the game on a high after a hard-fought first home victory of the season against Oxford United on Saturday, but Bradford also steadied the ship after a run of league defeats by drawing at home to Bristol Rovers.

Below are quotes from both camps, along with stats, and a recap of previous meetings:

Simon Bassey

“There has obviously been stuff happening at Bradford over the last few years and they’ve lost quite a few players. It’s always hard when you lose very good players to recruit the same again, without the financial backing. It’s a difficult job, but I am sure David will go in there and put his own stamp on it. I watched quite a lot of Livingston last year and he did a fantastic job there with back to back promotions. We know how they like to play and I’m sure he will get Bradford up and at it.

“Saturday was a real team effort from us. The defence restricted them to very little, but in midfield we were industrious and hard-working. We played from a good shape. It was probably not as expansive as we had been at times this season, but needs must at times. We had gone away from home the week before and we had been sloppy in our transitions, in the stuff that we pride ourselves on. As the manager has alluded to, we worked really hard last week on having that mentality to be hard to beat. We were really pleased with how we came through it, to get that first home win was fantastic.

“The players have recovered well. We’ve been through some bits and pieces with them and we are raring to go. We are looking to get another three points at home, which would set us up for a good away trip after that.”

David Hopkin

“We were disappointed to have not picked up three points on Saturday. We took the positives from it, though. It was a clean sheet, an improved result and a further turning point for us. Wimbledon away is always a tough game but every team in this division poses you problems. We will be ready for the challenge and what the game brings.

“We have gained some momentum and we will take it into Tuesday night, in what will be a difficult task. Competition for places is improving, as we have players coming back from injury. We certainly have some options. If you can keep a clean sheet then you always have a chance of winning games. We managed that on Saturday and we will be looking to do that at Wimbledon. Hopefully, the supporters are starting to see a more competitive team - which is getting stronger every week.”

Team News

Tonight’s match may come too soon for James Hanson (hamstring injury) to face his former club. Nathaniel Knight-Percival is back in the squad for Bradford and he will be monitored after missing the goalless draw against Bristol Rovers through illness. Skipper Josh Wright also travelled with the squad and he could make the frame.

Form guide (last 6 in all competitions, starting with most recent)

AFC Wimbledon WLLLWD

Bradford DDLLLL

Last time out

AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Oxford United

Bradford City 0-0 Bristol Rovers

Previous meetings

Bradford City 0-4 AFC Wimbledon (27 January 2018)

AFC Wimbledon 2-1 AFC Wimbledon (23 December 2017)

In the last meeting, Cody McDonald’s double rounded off an impressive away day for the Dons after earlier goals from Jimmy Abdou and Andy Barcham. Wimbledon also won the previous home fixture against Bradford with goals from McDonald and Lyle Taylor earning a 2-1 victory. Click on the link below to relive the goals from that game again.


You can purchase tickets for tonight's game in cash at the turnstiles for both the Chemflow End and RyGas Terrace. Please note any online tickets purchased for this game can be collected from the white ticket booth in Jack Goodchild Way. Bradford supporters can also pay on the night for this match at the turnstiles for the RyGas Terrace. See our previous article for match arrangements ahead of the game.

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Match Reports

Dons suffer more home blues with defeat against Bradford

Jack Payne's spot-kick is enough to win it for the visitors

2 October 2018

AFC Wimbledon slipped to a frustrating defeat tonight against Bradford City with a first-half penalty from Jack Payne proving to be the difference between the two teams.

The visitors barely created a chance all night until the Dons were chasing the game late on and Wimbledon paid the price for missing three or four gilt-edged opportunities, the Bantams claiming a 1-0 victory at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

It meant a fourth league defeat at home this season and it makes Saturday’s away match at Plymouth even more important.

Neal Ardley made just one change from the side that defeated Oxford United on Saturday. Andy Barcham had to settle for a place on the bench with Mitch Pinnock recalled to the line-up. Pinnock wasted no time showing his quality with a raking 40-yard pass that picked out Scott Wagstaff on the other flank. Pinnock also showed signs of linking the midfield and attack effectively with his close control and dribbling ability, as Wimbledon made a bright start. Taking on a Bradford side struggling for points, there was an early scare for Wimbledon when right winger Sean Scannell found space inside the box, but his goal-bound shot was well blocked by Ben Purrington.

Wimbledon had a half chance to break the deadlock in the 16th minute when Pinnock curled in a lovely free-kick from the right, but Joe Pigott’s header was wide of the far post. Tom Soares had earlier shot wide from just outside the box, as Wimbledon attempted to turn up the heat on Bradford. Pigott missed a great chance to open the scoring in the 30th minute after Bradford goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell misjudged a ball back to him. Pigott was quick to get on the end of it, but with the angle against him he fired into the side netting. Though it was a tight angle, Pigott had scored from a similar situation at Gillingham and in his current form it was certainly a big chance for him.

At the other end, Bradford offered little in the first half an hour and a shot from outside the area by Lewis O’Brien was comfortably wide. Pinnock threatened to break the deadlock in the 39th minute when he cut inside after receiving a pass from Pigott, but his shot was too high. Wimbledon came close to an opener on the stroke of half-time when Pinnock’s deep corner delivery picked out Tom Soares and he met it with a powerful header, but O’Donnell did well to tip it over the crossbar. With Wimbledon having dominated possession in the first-half, a goal for Bradford in first-half injury time came completely out of the blue. Deji Oshilaja was adjudged by referee Keith Stroud to have brought down George Miller in the box and Bradford substitute Jack Payne converted emphatically from the penalty spot.

A half-time deficit was tough on Wimbledon and Soares attempted to change matters early in the second-half with a well struck shot from outside the area, but it was just over the crossbar. The Dons upped the tempo in a determined effort to earn an equaliser and it almost came in the 57th minute. Pinnock sent over another fine delivery from the left that Jake Jervis met with a powerful downward header. It appeared that Jervis had scored his first Wimbledon goal, but Anthony O’Connor made a brilliant last-ditch clearance off the line. Jervis had impressed with his tireless running up front and he deserved a goal on the night.

With 65 minutes on the clock, Neal Ardley decided it was time for a change with striker Kwesi Appiah introduced for Tennai Watson. That meant a switch of position for Wagstaff, who moved to right-back, where he played for Gillingham last season. There was also a double change in the 73rd minute with Andy Barcham and Anthony Wordsworth replacing Pinnock and Trotter. The Dons had struggled to exert sustained pressure and Bradford started to look comfortable in defending the lead. The visitors threatened to strike an all-important second on the break when substitute David Ball was found in space on the left flank, but his shot was well saved by Joe McDonnell.

Barcham did make a difference when he came on and his fine wing play helped set-up a great chance with 10 minutes to go. Ben Purrington was found in space down the left and his cross picked out Wordsworth eight yards out, but he shot over the crossbar. At the other end, Ball was again denied by McDonnell with gaps opening up at the back due to Wimbledon's desperate search for an equaliser.

Wimbledon appealed that there should have been a penalty in injury-time for a foul on Barcham that he claimed was inside the area, but the referee thought otherwise, and then Appiah headed a great chance over from the subsequent free-kick.  It was a difficult defeat in the circumstances and the Dons will be aiming for a quick response at Plymouth on Saturday.  

AFC Wimbledon: Joe McDonnell, Tennai Watson (Kwesi Appiah), Ben Purrington, Deji Oshilaja, Scott Wagstaff, Jake Jervis, Mitch Pinnock (Andy Barcham), Liam Trotter (Anthony Wordsworth), Tom Soares, Rod McDonald, Joe Pigott.

Pic credit: Matt Redman, Pro Sports Images.

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Ticket News

Match Details: Pay on the night to cheer on the Dons

Watch Wimbledon bid for successive home victories

2 October 2018

The Dons take on Bradford City under the lights tonight at the Cherry Red Records Stadium (7.45 pm kick-off) and more of your great support can help Neal Ardley's men to secure another home victory.

With just four points separating the sides, it promises to be another close battle after Saturday's hard-fought first home victory of the season against Oxford.

Below is a summary of match arrangements, including ticket availability:


You can purchase tickets for tonight's game in cash at the turnstiles for both the Chemflow End and RyGas Terrace. Please note any online tickets purchased for this game can be collected from the white ticket booth in Jack Goodchild Way. Advance tickets are available online until 3.45 pm this afternoon. Bradford supporters can pay on the night for this match at the turnstiles for the RyGas Terrace.

Main Bars

Open from 5pm, both the Your Golf Travel Bar and the back bar will be serving on tap Bud Light, Budweiser, Becks Vier, Stella Artois, Magners, Magners Dark Fruits and Goose Island IPA. Additionally, we have a cracking array of Wimbledon Brewery ales available on pump Plough Lane Ale, Copper Leaf Autumn Ale and SW19 Summer Ale. Bradford City fans are welcome to enter the bar areas and enjoy a drink before the game.

Outside Bar

This will be open from 5pm and situated outside the Your Golf Travel Bar. We will be serving Bud Light, Stella Artois, Magners and Magners Dark Fruits from tap at our normal bar prices.

The Turnstile Bar

Open from 5pm and located in the old turnstiles by our Club Shop we will be operating a bottles-only concession serving Budweiser, Stella Artois, Fosters and Magners as well as water and other soft drinks. Beer and cider bottles will be available for £3.50 per bottle or two for £6! Additionally, bottled water will be priced at £1.50 and other soft drinks at £2.

Dons Trust Kiosk

DT members and people interested in the work of the Trust are welcome to visit the Dons Trust kiosk before the match. Come and ask board members Matthew Breach and Charles Williams about the work of the board generally or their own specific roles. Matt is Vice Chair of the Trust and a member of the board's Oversight Committee and Strategy & Organisation Committee, whilst Charles is a member of the board's Engagement & Communications Committee. 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 we no longer collect printer cartridges.


Tonight's edition is well worth adding to your collection, at the usual price of £3. It includes an interview with Joe McDonnell after his return to the starting line-up and Tennai Watson tells us why his move to AFC Wimbledon has inspired him to continue his progress as a professional footballer.

Golden Goals (sponsored by EcoGlow)

Make sure you look out for our Golden Goals sellers before tonight's game. They are hard to miss in their Golden Goals branded high-vis jackets! Proceeds raised through the selling of the scratch cards raises thousands of pounds every season for the club. They are only £1 and put you in with a chance of winning £100.


As well as the usual Shakey's Diner food and hot drinks concessions situated outside and inside the ground, you will once again have the option to buy piping hot matchday paninis priced at £4! The panini sandwich hit squad will be operating outside the ground before the game and circulating throughout the stadium during the match. Paninis will also be on sale at the food kiosk situated in the corner between the Chemflow End and RyGas Terrace.

Let's get behind The Dons tonight and cheer the boys home to another vital 3pts!

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