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Johnnie: We need to start faster

The manager on seeking to extend our run at Walsall this weekend

7 October 2022

Johnnie Jackson’s focus is locked on Saturday’s visit to Walsall, with our next two games against the two sides immediately above us in the table.

“They’ve had a good result in the week, they’ll be buoyed by that,” said our manager. “We ourselves have had two decent results – a good win last weekend, on the back of a good point up at Bradford, that could have been more as well. We’re in a good place.”

Having taken four points from our previous two matches we’re aiming to get on a consistent run of form, with a derby day visit from Sutton United approaching next weekend. But Johnnie’s immediate attention is taken up by our trip to the West Midlands this Saturday, to tackle a Walsall side who beat third place Northampton on Tuesday night. 

“We’re going to a difficult place,” said Johnnie. “They’ll be disappointed with their start to the season as well. They’ll have expected to be higher, especially with the squad they’ve built in the summer. We know we’ve got a tough test coming on Saturday, but we’re looking forward to it.

“We’re not looking too far ahead. We’ve had two positive results, two positive performances, we need to build on that now, we need another positive performance. I feel that if we get that, we’ll pick up points. I’m not worried about the week after and so on.

“We’ve had a good week’s preparation and our sole focus is on Walsall – what we can try to do to hurt them and what they’ll try to do to us as well. Let’s deal with Saturday and try and get a positive result and then we’ll look beyond that after.”

You can see the full interview with Johnnie below, via this link to our official YouTube channel.


“We’ve spoken about it in the week, that I felt we started slowly against Colchester,” said Johnnie. “We conceded early at Bradford, although I think we didn’t start too poorly in that game, but they scored, and we found ourselves behind in both games.

“It’s something we want to look at and we need to try and start faster, with the energy and the level of performance we saw at the start of the second half. We need to try and extend that and that needs to be over longer periods, ultimately over 90 minutes. We’re trying to look at longer spells of dominance and bringing it all together, but we know in any game that the opposition will have spells and we need to try and make ours longer than theirs.”

Johnnie also spoke about a change to the training schedule, which currently runs over four days in a row – from Tuesday to Friday – and how he and his coaching staff are looking at tweaks here and there to try and improve matters.

“I just felt it allowed us to maybe get some better work in during the week,” said Johnnie. “It allows more recovery after the game at the weekend. You get a real good four days then to get some solid work in without breaking the week up, which previously we had done with the Wednesday off.

“I just felt it was a different way of working. We were looking at different types of ways of getting stimulus out of the group, because results weren’t going our way. We’re constantly looking at that and reviewing the reasons why and trying to come up with solutions and that’s just one of them.”

For a detailed round-up of team news ahead of the match at Walsall, join Tim Maynard in the Physio’s room below, via the link to our official YouTube channel.

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Match Reports

Dons caught short

An away defeat for Wimbledon

8 October 2022

Our side were made to pay for starting slow in both halves as two early goals either side of half-time earnt Walsall a 3-1 victory at the Poundland Bescot Stadium.

A deflected effort inside the opening five minutes from Isaac Hutchinson put the hosts ahead before Ryley Towler scored his first goal in a Wimbledon shirt with a low finish.

A good spell followed for the Dons but we just couldn’t find the final ball required to hit the front and as a result we were made to pay.

Another lacklustre beginning to the second 45 minutes saw Danny Johnson score after being put through before Tom Knowles sealed the game in stoppage time to cap off another away day to forget for Wimbledon.

With three home games to come later this month the challenge will be for our side to bounce back as quickly as possible.

There was one change to the team which saw off Colchester United last time out with Paul Kalambayi coming in for the injured Paris Maghoma. This meant there was a reshuffle as Ryley Towler moved into midfield.

However, the real headline came on the bench as captain Alex Woodyard made a matchday squad for the first time this season.

It was a fast start to the game which in turn led to an early goal for the hosts. A ball found its way into the penalty area to the waiting Hutchinson whose effort took a deflection on the way in.

The Dons took a little while to get going after the early setback and soon began to threaten as Ayoub Assal did well to work some space by the touchline before seeing his dangerous low cross hacked clear.

Pressure was building on the Saddlers and eventually it told as we plundered our equaliser. A corner wasn’t properly cleared with the ball falling to Towler who fired home low.

Wimbledon continued to push forward with Assal first forcing Owen Evans to palm his powerful effort over the bar before Harry Pell headed straight at the keeper from the resulting corner.

Our good spell continued into the second-half with Ethan Chislett and Pell both seeing shots blocked. However it would be Walsall who would retake the lead as Johnson raced onto a through ball before rounding Nik Tzanev to finish after beating the offside trap.

Chances were few and far between as the half progressed, but the Dons should arguably have had a penalty with Pell appearing to be pushed in the area.

Walsall then killed the game off in added on time as a quick throw-in led to Knowles tapping home from a cut back.

AFC Wimbledon: Nik Tzanev, Chris Gunter, Lee Brown, Harry Pell, Josh Davison, Ayoub Assal, Ethan Chislett (Alex Woodyard), Ryley Towler, Jack Currie (Kyle Hudlin), Paul Kalambayi, Isaac Ogundere (Courtney Senior)

PICS:  Steve Bailey (Pro Sports Images)

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Ticket News

Tickets & Travel for trip to Walsall

Places available on the supporters' coach

29 September 2022

Our first away fixture next month is at Walsall - and tickets are now available in advance for this trip to the Poundland Bescot Stadium.

Returning to Walsall will bring back particularly fond memories for anyone who watched our game there back in April 2018, as the Dons came from two down to win 3-2, on the way to staying up that season.

Fast forward four-and-a-half years and your support will be very much appreciated at the Midlands venue once again.

Advance ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adults £22
  • Over 60s £18
  • Under-21s £17
  • Under-18s £11
  • Family ticket (one Adult, one Under-18) £24

Buy in advance from our online ticket shop

Tickets for disabled supporters will be at the same price as the categories above with carers admitted free of charge. For information on this, please contact us on 020 3988 7863.


Please note that more strike action by the ASLEF, RMT and TSSA unions is planned for Saturday 8 October, so you will need to check your route before making plans to travel by train. At the current time, you cannot book trains to Walsall. Check the National Rail website for more information.

Supporters' Coach

Places are available for return coach travel. The price is £35 with the following pick-up points and times:

  • Waterside Way (off Plough Lane) at 9.00 am
  • Tolworth Rail Station at 9.30 am

Make a booking by visiting our online ticket page  or e-mail .

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