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Wally calls for players to grasp Carabao Cup opportunity

Manager interviewed ahead of match on Tuesday night

12 August 2019

Having experienced cup magic during his playing days and as a manager, Wally Downes has urged his squad to grasp the chance to make progress in the Carabao Cup.

AFC Wimbledon’s home match on Tuesday night offers the incentive of reaching the second round and a chance to be paired with a Premier League club. Of course, Wally guided us to that memorable victory against West Ham last season in the FA Cup and in 1983 he helped Wimbledon to cause an upset in the League Cup versus Nottingham Forest, a club that had won the European Cup just three years earlier.

Speaking ahead of the game on Tuesday, Wally said: “It’s a cup game so it will be ferocious and you win it on the night. I certainly won’t be encouraging us to be any more enthusiastic than I would expect us to be in any other game. There’s obviously some history between the clubs and the two clubs have drawn each other in lots of cup games. It’s a game we are desperate to win so that we can move on into the next round.

“Our fans were so vociferous last season, so behind us, in helping us to do what we did. I think that in our last home game we didn’t give them much in the first-half. If we can all get together and we start well in the first-half and they are vociferous, it will add to an all-round better performance on the night.

“With the talk I just gave to the boys I showed my age a little bit because when I was playing you only had two chances to get to Wembley, but now they have four chances to get there. If you are a pro for 10 years that’s 40 opportunities to play at the best stadium in the world and have the best day of your life so I want to give them the best opportunity to do that. We definitely want to win all of the cup games.”

The first round Carabao Cup tie will come too soon for both Nathan Trott (groin) and Anthony Wordsworth (Achilles tendon), though both are making progress, and Will Nightingale (knee) was due to have a scan today.

“We are waiting for the results of Will’s scan and Woody will be out doing a bit of running tomorrow,” said Wally. “We rested Nathan a little bit when we were liaising with West Ham about his fitness. He didn’t really do anything from just prior to the Crystal Palace match, so he needs to do a little bit more.

“We had a full squad out there today. They were not as bright and sharp as they could be as it was a second day recovery, but they all did the work that they needed to do and hit the stats required.”

Take a look below at Rob Cornell's full interview with Wally.

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Wimbledon exit the Carabao Cup on penalties

An injury-time goal from Luke O'Neill earned a 2-2 draw at the end of normal time

13 August 2019

AFC Wimbledon were eliminated from the Carabao Cup tonight after battling back to force a penalty shoot-out at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

In an eventful match that included a penalty squandered from both sides in normal time, Wimbledon marched into an early lead through a superb strike from Scott Wagstaff, but needed a last-gasp cracker from Luke O'Neill to salvage a 2-2 draw.     

Wally Downes made two changes to his starting line-up after the narrow defeat at Fleetwood Town. Scott Wagstaff was recalled in place of Mitch Pinnock and Dylan Connolly’s inclusion on the right side meant a switch to a 4-4-2 formation. Milton Keynes Dons came into this match on the back of a first League One victory of the season.

This Carabao Cup first round tie took little time to get going with the first major incident happening inside three minutes as the visitors were awarded a penalty. Nik Tzanev came out and appeared to make contact with Regan Poole and the referee decided that it was a penalty. It was a great opportunity for the away side to take a grip on this contest, but Conor McGrandles fired well over the crossbar from 12 yards. That reprieve sparked Wimbledon into action and Luke O’Neill curled a free-kick just wide. The home faithful didn’t have long to wait though to cheer an opening goal and it came in fine style in the eighth minute. Anthony Hartigan’s corner was only half cleared and Scott Wagstaff struck a superb half volley that left MK keeper Lee Nicholls with no chance.

After taking the lead, there was no let-up from Wimbledon and a rampant spell threatened to take the game beyond the visitors. Callum Reilly came close with a shot from just outside the area, before captain Joe Pigott almost played in his strike partner Kwesi Appiah. Dylan Connolly was also showing up well on the right side, causing problems with his direct running. Despite Wimbledon’s early superiority, an equaliser arrived for the visitors in the 16th minute. McGrandles created space for himself in the box with a nice touch, before making amends for his earlier penalty miss with a fine low finish.

As the half progressed, Wimbledon attempted to regain supremacy and Pigott made space for a shot just outside the area, but he shot over the crossbar. However, the away side fashioned a very good chance 10 minutes before the break when Callum Brittain found space down the right and crossed to the back post for Jordan Bowery, but he headed over from close range. The half ended with the visitors on the attack and Terell Thomas was forced into a vital last-ditch challenge on the edge of his own six-yard box. The half-time whistle shrilled with the match evenly balanced at 1-1. Wimbledon had produced a flying start, but it had been difficult to regain supremacy after the equaliser.

It was a tough start to the second-half for Wimbledon with the visitors earning the lead in the 50th minute. There appeared to be little danger when David Kasumu received possession just outside the area, but he curled a superb effort into the top corner, leaving Nik Tzanev with no chance. However, Wimbledon responded well and there was a golden opportunity to equalise just before the hour. Kwesi Appiah was scythed down in the area by Ryan Harley and the referee pointed to the spot. Joe Pigott stepped up to take it, but his spot-kick was too close to the middle and Lee Nicholls saved it comfortably. 

Wally Downes was already in the process of making a double change and that’s what followed with Rod McDonald and Paul Osew on for Dylan Connolly and Nesta Guinness-Walker. Just as in his pre-season appearances, Osew offered plenty of attacking verve on the left hand side, making good runs and offering a useful outlet on the flank. Pigott, who was desperate to make up for failing to convert from the penalty spot, showed lovely skill to set-up a shooting chance, but his subsequent shot was over the crossbar. Wimbledon came closer shortly afterwards when substitute Michael Folivi latched onto a through ball and powered through on goal, but his shot was well saved by Lee Nicholls.

Wimbledon piled forward in the latter stages in search of a late equaliser and Luke O’Neill sent over a superb free-kick delivery from the left that was begging to be finished off, but no one was able to get on the end of it. However, Jordan Bowery came close to winning it through a header, before that thrilling finale. Rod McDonald launched a ball into the box and when his cross was only half cleared it fell nicely for Luke O’Neill, who blasted a superb effort into the back of the net. It was a deserved equaliser for Wimbledon, certainly a reward for keeping going after coming through a difficult spell at the start of the second-half.

The 2-2 draw at full-time meant that it went to penalties. Though Nik Tzanev saved a spot-kick from Callum Brittain, MK scored the other four to win it 4-2 on penalties after Lee Nicholls saved Callum Reilly’s effort and Joe Pigott fired over from 12 yards. It was a harsh way for Wimbledon to exit the competition, but avoiding defeat for the first time this season in normal time was perhaps a step in the right direction with Accrington Stanley up next on Saturday.

AFC Wimbledon: Nik Tzanev, Luke O’Neill, Terell Thomas, Scott Wagstaff, Anthony Hartigan, Kwesi Appiah (Michael Folivi), Dylan Connolly (Rod McDonald), Nesta Guinness-Walker (Paul Osew), Paul Kalambayi, Callum Reilly, Joe Pigott.

Pic credit: Matt Redman, Pro Sports Images. 

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Tickets and collection point for away game on Saturday

Wimbledon supporters must buy before 3.00 pm on Friday

6 September 2019

Wimbledon supporters must buy in advance to attend Saturday's game at Milton Keynes Dons and you can collect from the away ground before the game.

Our supporters can pick-up tickets ordered online from the away ticket booth next to gate three.

Tickets will go off sale at 3pm on Friday, and no tickets will be available to purchase on the day. Book now from our online ticket shop.

This game kicks off at 12 noon on Saturday due to live coverage on Sky Sports.

Wimbledon supporters will be in the North Stand Upper (reserved seating) with the following prices:

  • Adults - £22
  • Over-65s - £17
  • Under-18s - £7
  • Under-12 – Free of charge (with a paying adult).

Please note that tickets for Under-12s are not available online and you must contact the club on 020 8547 3528.  All disabled supporters will be charged as per the age categories above. Contact the club on the above number for information about tickets for disabled supporters.

We are showing the game on TV screens at the club with a breakfast option included. See our previous article for more details. 

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