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English Football League - League One

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New left-back rated doubtful ahead of a visit from the leaders

Wimbledon to check on the fitness of Lee Brown

8 February 2022

New left-back Lee Brown is our only fresh injury concern for tonight’s clash with League One leaders Rotherham United at The Cherry Red Records Stadium.

“The only slight doubt that we have at the moment is Lee Brown,” said Rob Tuvey. “He’s got a tight glute, so we’ve just got to check on that, but apart from him we’re all in good health. Paul Kalambayi will be back in contention; I think Saturday’s game at Charlton came a little bit too soon for him.”

Wimbledon remain without hamstring victims Henry Lawrence, Alex Woodyard, and Aaron Pressley, who is recuperating back with his parent club Brentford. Our Assistant Head Coach also reported that our new striker is shaping up well.

“Sam Cosgrove is looking sharp,” said Rob, after he came off with cramp at the weekend. “Speaking to Sam, it was great to get those minutes into his legs. It was a really promising debut for him and I think there’s plenty more to come as well. He’s definitely someone who knows where the goal is in training.

“I thought he posed a real threat on Saturday and brought others into play, but he can also lead the line on his own really well. We’re excited to see him. Obviously on Saturday we’d have liked to have kept him on longer, but it’s his first real minutes in a game for a long time so it’s just about easing him in.”

Visitors Rotherham, under the leadership of Paul Warne, have a six-point lead at the top of Sky Bet League One, and The Millers were worthy winners in our previous meeting in September.

“They are top and deservedly so,” said Rob. “We’ve watched quite a few of their games and they are a tough team to break down. They’ve got a great manager who has got a great philosophy in terms of the way that they want to play.

“You can see from their league form so far this season and the way they’ve performed in recent seasons that they are a great side. I thought when we played them earlier this season that it was the first time we probably came off second best. Saying that, we had some really good moments there, so we’ve got to build on them. They are definitely one of the toughest tests we’ve faced this season.”

A surprise outcome from Saturday’s defeat at Charlton was how we failed to deal with set-plays, but Rob is confident that we will return to form soon.

“I think you’ve got to go off trends at the moment,” said Rob. “Our stats involving set-pieces this season back that up. We need to keep getting in the areas and keep seeing success. Winning those set-pieces, the work that Andy (Parslow) does, and the detail that goes into it – we know we’ll have a lot of success from them in the future.”

Listen to the full preview of tonight’s game with Rob Tuvey below, via the link to our official YouTube channel.

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Match Reports

Dons narrowly defeated by clinical league leaders

Wimbledon still searching for first win this year

8 February 2022

Mark Robinson’s men were ultimately beaten by the more streetwise side on a night of ifs, buts and maybes for AFC Wimbledon.

Top-of-the-table Rotherham ultimately left SW19 with all three points after showing their promotion credentials in the second-half to earn a 1-0 win.

The first 45 minutes offered plenty of promise for the Dons as we more than matched our high-flying opponents with the pressing from the front and resourcefulness in possession shining through.

But yet again it was the lack of cutting edge in the final third which let our side down as we failed to make any serious inroads into the opposition half after the break, leading to frustration and inevitable punishment as the Millers took their chance through Joshua Kayode.

Of course, it was always going to be a tough ask for our young side against the league leaders, but at the same time we more than matched them in the first half and for a period it appeared that an upset could be on the cards.

Nevertheless, the visitors deserved their victory on the balance of play and left with maximum points after rarely getting out of second gear, a fact that is sure to be thrust further into the spotlight as we look ahead to our next game on Saturday.  

Robbo made several changes to the side which lost 3-2 to Charlton Athletic at the weekend, with Dan Csoka, Cheye Alexander and Nesta Guinness-Walker being joined in the starting 11 by Paul Kalambayi, who made his first appearance since being injured back in October. Those changes meant that the likes of Will Nightingale, Lee Brown, Paul Osew and Ethan Chislett all dropped out.

Meanwhile, two former Dons in Michael Smith and Angus MacDonald featured in the opposing squad. Lining up with a back five, Wimbledon set about their task of nullifying the in-form league leaders with their typical youthful enthusiasm shining through in the opening stages. After holding their ground for a short period, the first meaningful attempt of the match came from the Dons.

Jack Rudoni dropped into a pocket of space before sliding in Sam Cosgrove, the latter arrowing in a powerful strike that was well held by Josh Vickers in the Rotherham goal. It was a neatly crafted move which showed a small flash of what our forward players are capable of. The snappy challenges were going in, the backing of the home crowd was being felt and Wimbledon were certainly causing our lofty opponents to become frustrated as we proved to be a tough nut to crack during the opening half an hour.

Our willingness and desire to win the ball back was typified by Ayoub Assal who tore about the pitch like a man possessed, hassling and harrying the Millers’ backline at every opportunity. However, for all their effort and endeavour Wimbledon couldn’t magic up much in terms of attacking chances despite working their way into some promising positions in the first half.

The second-half started with the same zip as the first with Nik Tzanev quickly being forced into action to deny Smith from close range after a low cross had been allowed to seep through. It was a wake-up call that certainly perked our side into life with a defensive reshuffle having taken place following the introduction of Nightingale for Csoka. However, the men in yellow and blue wouldn’t be let off the hook the second time around as another wide delivery came in with Kayode sliding home from close range after the Millers had been given far too much time to send the ball in from the right-hand side.

All of the hard work of the first hour had been undone in one fell swoop and now Robbo’s side had to respond in the same manner that they had against Cheltenham some seven days earlier. Terry Ablade and McCormick were thrown into the action as the second period continued into its final 15 minutes with Wimbledon still in with a shout of stealing something from the finely balanced clash.

Alas the red wall stood firm when it mattered most with the huffing and puffing from our side eventually coming to nothing as Rotherham left with a deserved three points. As is the case with every defeat, Wimbledon must now regroup, take stock and go again, with Sunderland being our next opponents here at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

AFC Wimbledon: Nik Tzanev, Dan Csoka (Will Nightingale), George Marsh, Cheye Alexander, Anthony Hartigan, Sam Cosgrove, Ayoub Assal (Terry Ablade), Jack Rudoni (Luke McCormick), Nesta Guinness-Walker, Ben Heneghan, Paul Kalambayi.

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Tickets: Watch Wimbledon take on the league leaders

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7 February 2022

We've got another big game coming up under the lights - and your support can help Robbo's boys to upset the league leaders.

Rotherham will head here on Tuesday night aiming to extend their lead at the top, but we need the points just as much and a first victory this year would give us breathing space over the bottom four.

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