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19 October 2019 Venue The Cherry Red Records Stadium Attendance

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Glyn praises ‘fantastic’ response from the players ahead of Pompey

17 October 2019

Glyn Hodges has saluted the attitude of the players since he took charge of first-team matters, as Wimbledon go in pursuit of a fourth successive win on Saturday.

Following the 4-1 win at Southend, Glyn has enjoyed working with the players on the training pitch and he is looking forward to the big clash against Pompey on Saturday. 

“The players have been magnificent with the attitude that they’ve shown,” said Glyn. “Training today was good and everything around the place has been fantastic. I asked them to continue, but I think they’ve gone up a level. The fans have seen that and we are in a good place, so we are looking forward to Saturday.

“We had a practice match today with the team we are looking to start against the other lads and both teams were terrific with the way they passed the ball about. There was a lot of good play out there as the players are in good places and I would have no qualms that, if needed, they can all come in and add to the mix. The way things are going I’m sure they are itching to get involved.”

With 12 goals scored in the last four games, Wimbledon are full of confidence heading into Saturday’s match and Glyn believes an in-form Mitch Pinnock has made a big difference.

“We’ve probably gone a little bit more attacking with putting Mitch in,” added Glyn. “He adds a little bit of spark to the attack. He has scored two goals and contributed at the weekend. The way we are playing we are creating more chances. The big difference though is that we are taking our chances. When you are down, the ricochets don’t go your way, you hit the post, and the keeper makes saves, but at the moment we are in a rich vein of form and long may it continue.

“Joe (Pigott) scored a penalty against Orient, he was unlucky at the weekend. I thought he was terrific with his work-rate, he was looking sharp out there again today, so I think it’s only a matter of time before he starts scoring again.”

Joe’s strike partner Marcus Forss scored a superb hat-trick last time out at Roots Hall and Glyn believes his introduction here is another example of the importance of getting in loan players at the right time.

“We’ve got a database of players with the recruitment onside,” said Glyn. “We know where the players are: some you get, some you don’t. We were lucky with a couple that we got last season as Rambo and Steve Seddon were terrific for us, they changed the season, and now Marcus is banging in the goals for us. We are trying to get a tie-up with Brentford to get their good, young players, but there are more out there. In January, there will be opportunities, whether we need to strengthen or not. We know where they are, but it’s just whether we can get them, if they want to come, and does it all work? Luckily, since I’ve been here we’ve had some great ones who have loved the place and gone onto better things.”

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Match Reports

Dons make it four with dramatic winner from Thomas

Wimbledon extend winning run with injury-time goal

19 October 2019

AFC Wimbledon made it four victories in a row with a dramatic last-gasp victory today, thanks to a soaring header from Terell Thomas.

Thomas headed home his first Wimbledon goal, the defender getting on the end of a free-kick from Max Sanders to secure a 1-0 win versus Portsmouth.

In front of a crowd of 4,525, The Dons had to stay resilient to defy Pompey pressure, before Thomas earned all three points. 

With Wimbledon having made it three successive wins at Southend last time out, it was no surprise that Glyn Hodges decided to select the same starting line-up. Terell Thomas had been doubtful in the build-up to this match, but he was fine to retain his place at the back, just a day after he celebrated his 24th birthday. It was an important occasion for teenager Jack Madelin as he was included in the first-team squad for the first time, the Dons academy product replacing the injured Callum Reilly on the bench.

Portsmouth came here aiming to reignite their promotion ambitions after a start to this season that was far removed from their form in 2018/19 as they reached the League One play-off semi-finals. However, Pompey started on the front foot and Terell Thomas was required to make an important block to stop the visitors, before John Marquis shot just wide. At the other end, Paul Osew almost set himself up for a chance, but his fine run was just ended before he could get a shot away.

The best chance of the match so far came in the 12th minute for Wimbledon and it fell the way of in-form marksman Marcus Forss. The on-loan Brentford man needed no second invitation to latch onto a through ball and beat his marker, but his shot was well saved by Pompey keeper Craig MacGillivary. That was a rare chance for Wimbledon though in the first half an hour, as Pompey pressed forward. Right-sided forward Ryan Williams was causing plenty of threat with his movement and skill, offering 18-year-old Osew a challenge after his stirring start in league football. Portsmouth’s best opportunity in the first half hour came through a quick breakaway when Wimbledon were caught out through the middle and Marquis held off Osew, before shooting just wide.

Pompey came close to opening the scoring twice in quick succession through headers from set-pieces. First, Portsmouth captain Tom Naylor headed over and then Christian Burgess came even closer when his header rattled the crossbar. As we approached half-time, the visitors again exposed Wimbledon with a quick break setting up Marcus Harness, but Nathan Trott did very well to get down and save his low shot. However, Wimbledon ended the first-half by almost making the breakthrough. Pigott was quick to pounce on a defensive lapse by Burgess and his lob was a fine one too as it beat MacGillivary, but the ball landed just wide.

Following the half-time break, there was a controversial incident that ended with no penalty awarded to Wimbledon. Referee Sam Purkiss appeared to point to the spot after a foul on Joe Pigott and Marcus Forss was even preparing to take the spot-kick. However, after consulting with his assistant, no penalty was given and Wimbledon instead had to settle for a free-kick just outside the area. Forss produced a fierce drive from the subsequent free-kick, but MacGillivary watched it all the way and palmed it away from danger.

The match was finely poised as we reached the midway point of the second-half, both sides threatening to break the deadlock. There was relief for Wimbledon when Nathan Trott’s clearance struck Pompey substitute Ellis Harrison, but the ball bounced just wide. The Dons came closer at the other end though when Anthony Wordsworth fired against a post with a fine strike, before Pigott was just unable to convert the rebound. Portsmouth had continued to have more possession in the second-half, but Forss and Pigott were continuing to look dangerous in attack for Wimbledon. Pigott produced a tireless shift up front, battling away up there to earn plenty of free-kicks and making life difficult for rugged Pompey defender Burgess.

The visitors twice came close to finding that elusive goal with 19 minutes remaining. A superb block by Paul Kalambayi stopped a goal-bound shot by Ronan Curtis, before Trott reacted well to save the follow-up by Naylor. Glyn Hodges made his first change in the 76th minute with Anthony Hartigan introduced for Mitch Pinnock. Certainly, Wimbledon could do with earning a greater share of possession at this stage to quell growing Pompey pressure and maybe Hartigan’s introduction could help to do this.

In the latter stages, Pompey sensed there was a winner in it for them and Wimbledon had to stay strong at the back. Thomas, Kalambayi, and Delaney were all called upon to make last-ditch tackles and it needed Trott to make another save to deny Ben Close. It appeared that Wimbledon were set to earn a point that would have been a good one in the circumstances, considering Pompey pressure. However, Thomas had other ideas and he headed home a free-kick delivery by Max Sanders to earn a fine Wimbledon win. Players, staff, and supporters celebrated wildly at the final whistle and there was the added bonus of moving out of the relegation zone with the victory.

AFC Wimbledon: Nathan Trott, Terell Thomas, Scott Wagstaff, Mitch Pinnock (Anthony Hartigan), Marcus Forss (Kwesi Appiah), Ryan Delaney, Max Sanders, Paul Kalambayi, Paul Osew, Joe Pigott, Anthony Wordsworth.

Pic credit: Matt Redman, Pro Sports Images. 

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Ticket News

Match Details: High demand to watch all-ticket game v Pompey

Cheer on The Dons in pursuit of another victory

18 October 2019

There’s still a chance to snap-up your ticket to watch The Dons go all out for a fourth successive victory on Saturday.

Opponents Portsmouth, beaten semi-finalists in the League One play-offs last season, will be aiming to move up the table this time around, but they will face an in-form Dons side at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Your support will be very much appreciated as Wimbledon seek to build on a prolific spell of 12 goals in four matches.

Below is a summary of ticket availability and other match arrangements ahead of the game.

Tickets

Seat tickets and tickets for the Chemflow End are now sold out, but we still have availability for the RyGas terrace. These are available to buy from our online ticket shop. However, you must have a previous purchase history (before 22 September) to buy tickets for this match. This could be for tickets or merchandise from our online store. Please note that the option to buy tickets for Portsmouth will only become visible once you have logged into your account.

Follow the link below to our online ticket store and log in to your account (top right-hand corner) before purchasing your tickets.

If you have an issue buying a ticket for this game online, e-mail info@afcwimbledon.ltd.uk or call 020 8547 3528 (09:30 - 17.00 Monday to Friday).

Returns

Seat tickets may become available and you can contact us to check about availability. Please e-mail info@afcwimbledon.co.uk before 12 noon on Saturday or contact the club on 020 8547 3528 (between 10 am and 12 noon). If you cannot attend, please let us know via the same e-mail, as it will mean we can make your seat ticket available for another supporter.

Bars

Supporters are welcome to get here early and enjoy the lunch-time match between Everton and West Ham (12.45 pm kick-off), which will be shown on TV screens in the bars. All of the bars will open at 12 noon on Saturday and we will be pleased to welcome Portsmouth supporters into the bar areas before the game. A wide selection of drinks will be served in the bars, including the following:

Your Golf Travel Bar - Plough Lane Ale, Copper Leaf Ale, SW19 Summer Ale

Back Bar – Plough Lane Ale, Amelia Pale Ale (Park Brewery)

The pop-up bar (inside) will also be open with Wimbledon Pale Ale and Wimbledon Gold served.

Programme

It’s well worth picking up a copy of Saturday’s match day programme as it includes an extensive interview with in-form striker Marcus Forss, who talks about his early football career and why he decided to join Wimbledon. An interview with Ryan Delaney after his first Wimbledon goal is also included in tomorrow’s edition.

Dons Trust Kiosk

Dons Trust members and fans interested in the work of the DT are welcome to pop in and find out more about the work of the Trust. Roger Evans and Hannah Kitcher will be at the DT Kiosk on Saturday.

Tickets for away games

AFC Wimbledon’s next away match is on Tuesday night at Burton Albion and supporters can buy tickets for this game. Pop along to the complimentary tickets window before the match or after the game for a limited time only. You can also book a place on the supporters’ coach for this game.

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