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Glyn on Gills challenge: We'll have to stand up to them

Views from both camps ahead of Wimbledon's visit to Gillingham

28 February 2020

Wimbledon return to a venue on Saturday that’s been a happy hunting ground since promotion back to the Football League, but Glyn Hodges is under no illusions about the size of the task tomorrow.

Gillingham have not lost a league match since visiting the Cherry Red Records Stadium on 23 November. The Dons triumphed 1-0 on that occasion, thanks to a Scott Wagstaff strike (Joe Pigott is pictured getting above our former captain Barry Fuller to win a header in that match). Wimbledon go to Priestfield Stadium aiming for a third victory on the road this season and in pursuit of vital points in the battle to stay in League One.

Our manager is expecting a physical challenge against a Gills side that still have an outside chance of reaching the League One play-offs.

Below are quotes from both managers, plus team news, and a look back at previous visits to Gillingham, ahead of tomorrow’s game.  

Glyn Hodges

“It’s going to be a fight. We know that they play at a high tempo, they play in a certain way, and you have to be combative, and be ready to stand up to them, as we did in the first game. We are expecting a really hard game, but there are no easy matches in this division.

“In the first match they put us under immense pressure and it was on the back of an extra-time game in the FA Cup. They played 120 minutes on the Tuesday and then came out of the blocks quickly on the Saturday, so they are obviously a fit side. They will probably be fresher than what they were then. It’s just about how we set-up and if we go with that belief and stick to our game-plan. If we do that, we can cause them problems.”

Paul Raynor (Assistant Manager)

“That (defeat against Wimbledon) was a hard one to take because other than putting the ball in the net, we put in a really strong performance. Although we lost, people started to believe that day because we played particularly well, we were on the front foot, and we created chances. We didn’t get the rub of the green from the referee, but we saw the little shoots of what was to come and we’ve taken it on since then. We didn’t enjoy getting beaten that day, just the manner of it. We hated that feeling and we’ve not had it since. That doesn’t mean to say we’ve been delighted with every performance. Fifteen unbeaten is great but we’ve thrown away some points here and there.

“I know Glyn Hodges very well. I worked with him at Sheffield United’s academy for a couple of years, and he’s a very good coach and an experienced guy who’s got them well-organised, well-drilled, and buying into what he wants them to do. We’re high on confidence, they need some points, they’ll feel they’ve turned us over once and can do it again. It makes for an interesting game.”

Team News

Glyn Hodges was due to check on the fitness of Paul Osew (calf) before selecting his squad to face Gillingham. Though Anthony Wordsworth has made good progress from a calf injury, it’s too soon for him to be considered for a first-team return. Paul Raynor reported no fresh injury worries for Gillingham, ahead of the game.

Previous visits to Gillingham

The Dons have yet to taste defeat in the last five visits to Priestfield Stadium. The two victories came over six years apart with the first achieved in dramatic circumstances back in January 2012 when Wimbledon won 4-3, thanks to a late winner by Jack Midson after Gillingham had led 3-1. The other win came at the start of last season when Joe Pigott scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory. Take a look below at the highlights from that memorable 4-3 win, which came during our first season back in the Football League.

Played for both

The Dons are likely to have four former Gills players in the squad tomorrow. Callum Reilly, Luke O’Neill, Scott Wagstaff, and Joe Pigott (loan) all previously played for the Kent club. Of course, Barry Fuller served Wimbledon with distinction, leading us into League One in 2016, and leaving us in 2018 after a five-year spell that included 232 appearances in all competitions. His committed displays at right-back earned him a Player of the Year award and made him a real favourite with our supporters. In case you missed it, we interviewed Scott Wagstaff in the build-up to his Gillingham return and you can watch the video below.


Dons supporters can pay on the day for tomorrow’s game. See our previous ticket announcement for prices and please note that it’s cash only on the day.


If you’re not travelling to Kent, join Mikey T and Rob Cornell for live audio commentary from Priestfield Stadium. You can access commentary via our iFollow service.

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Match Reports

Dons earn dramatic away win at Gillingham

Reilly strikes a late winner

29 February 2020

AFC Wimbledon secured a third away league victory of the season in dramatic fashion today with an injury-time winner by Callum Reilly.

The Dons had appeared to be denied all three points after a late Gills equaliser, but Reilly cracked home to earn a 2-1 win for Wimbledon. It was fully deserved for Wimbledon after an excellent away performance in Kent and it signalled jubilant scenes amongst the 653 travelling Dons, staff, and players. 

Glyn Hodges made two changes to his starting line-up after last Saturday’s draw against Blackpool. Paul Osew missed out due to an ankle injury, so that meant a recall for Nesta Guinness-Walker at left-back, and Shane McLoughlin came back into the team with Jack Rudoni having to settle for a place on the bench. The Dons came into this match seeking just a third away win this season against a Gillingham side unbeaten in 15 league matches. In opposition was our former captain Barry Fuller, who is still warmly remembered by Dons supporters after making 232 appearances during a five-year spell that included helping Wimbledon to promotion.

Wimbledon tested Jack Bonham in the very first minute when Anthony Hartigan curled a shot around the wall from a free-kick, but the Gills keeper held onto the ball well. The hosts threatened for the first time when Fuller’s cross picked out John Akinde, but his header was wide of the target. The Dons played good football in the first half an hour, putting together some fine moves on a testing surface at Priestfield Stadium. A good chance followed for Wimbledon in the 14th minute when two former Gills players linked up effectively. Luke O’Neill showed good vision to pick out Pigott in behind and he produced a deft lob over Bonham, but Max Ehmer got back well to clear off the line.

The Dons continued to have the majority of possession as the first-half progressed with Gillingham limited to very little as an attacking force. Joe Day made his first save before the half hour mark when he held a shot by Stuart O’Keefe. That was a rare Gillingham foray forward in the first-half though as Wimbledon held sway in terms of possession and chances. Another promising move ended with Appiah, who was very sharp in attack, finding Pigott in space in the box, but his goal-bound shot was blocked. Wimbledon ended the first-half strongly and had a golden chance to take the lead. O’Neill, who was having an impressive game back at the club he left in the summer, picked out Wagstaff, who went through on goal and shot on target, but Bonham did well to save.

The half ended with the score at 0-0 and it had been a very encouraging 45 minutes for Wimbledon. Glyn’s boys had limited the hosts to very little and showed attacking threat at the other end. Only the finishing touch had been missing in a very impressive half from The Dons.

Gillingham started the second-half by threatening to make the breakthrough when substitute Jordan Graham struck a free-kick that flashed just wide. However, Wimbledon earned the lead after a well-executed move in the 49th minute. Yet again, O’Neill was the instigator as he sent over a lovely cross to pick out Appiah, who had his header saved, but Pigott was in the right place to steer home from close-range. It was a fully deserved lead for Wimbledon and just maybe The Dons were heading for a third away league win of the campaign.

The hosts reacted well to falling behind, finally exerting a spell of pressure. However, Joe Day stayed alert to make sure that he kept out Akinde’s header. Wimbledon continued to defend well with Terell Thomas producing another commanding display at the back and the advantage was almost doubled through Appiah, who struck a powerful effort that Bonham did well to save. With 20 minutes remaining, Wimbledon should really have sealed victory. Appiah, who was superb on the day, latched onto a lovely through ball by Shane McLoughlin, before rounding Bonham and picking out Pigott in the box, but he fired over the crossbar. With 76 minutes on the clock, Appiah was withdrawn and he was given a standing ovation by the travelling Dons after his impressive forward display. Adam Roscrow replaced Appiah up front. There was a blow for Gills when Ehmer had to go off injured and that meant Gills had to play the latter stages with 10 men as they had used all their substitutes.

The hosts had offered very little in attack during the second-half, but they were celebrating an equaliser in the 87th minute when Akinde’s header was parried by Day and Regan Charles-Cook bundled the ball home. That was harsh on a Wimbledon side that deserved more, but thankfully there was a twist in the tale. After a scramble in the box, the ball fell nicely for Reilly and he blasted home emphatically to earn three points that Wimbledon fully deserved on the day.

AFC Wimbledon: Joe Day, Luke O’Neill, Terell Thomas, Scott Wagstaff, Anthony Hartigan, Kwesi Appiah (Adam Roscrow), Nesta Guinness-Walker, Shane McLoughlin, Mads Sorensen, Callum Reilly, Joe Pigott.

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Ticket News

Next up: Show your support for The Dons in Kent

Buy in advance or on the day for match at Gillingham

27 February 2020

The Dons on Saturday make the trip to Gillingham and your support will be very much appreciated by Glyn's boys against an in-form League One side.

We've traditionally had great support at Priestfield Stadium over the years and another bumper away turn-out will certainly help against a team unbeaten in 15 league games - since our 1-0 win at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on 23 November. The picture above shows Joe Pigott rounding the keeper, before striking the winner at Gillingham last season. Take a look at his goal below.

Advance tickets can be purchased from our online ticket shop and they are available at £2 cheaper than on a match day. Tickets are available online up until 3.00 pm on Friday and you can pick-up pre-match from the collection point in Priestfield Road. It's not an all-ticket game and you can pay on the day (cash only). 

Prices for advance tickets are as follows:

Gordon Road Stand

Adults - £22

Over 65s - £19

Student - £7

Under-18s £7

Under-12s £7 (or free with a paying Adult)

Brian Moore Stand (uncovered)

Adults - £20

Over-65s - £16

Student - £6

Under-18s - £6

Under-12s - £6 (or free with a paying adult)

Disabled supporters pay the relevant price class and are entitled to a Personal Assistant ticket free of charge, as long as they are in receipt of the higher rate of DLA or Enhanced level of PIP. Contact the club on 020 8547 3528 for more information.

Supporters' Coach

This will leave from opposite South Wimbledon tube station at 11.30 am and from the Cherry Red Records Stadium at 12 noon. Contact the club office on 020 8547 3528 (9.30 am until 5.00 pm on weekdays).

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