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Johnnie to make late call on Dons defender

Manager “relishing” Saturday’s encounter

23 September 2022

We’ll make a late fitness check on Paul Osew ahead of tomorrow’s League Two match at Bradford City.

Osew was replaced by Lee Brown after only 24 minutes of the midweek Trophy victory over Crawley Town.  Fellow defender Chris Gunter is away on international duty with Wales, while forward Nathan Young-Coombes (knee) is sidelined for a “lengthy period”. Johnnie Jackson gave a fitness update after Thursday’s training session.

“Paul Osew came off in the week with an ankle injury,” said Johnnie. “We’re assessing him closely. It’s touch and go, so it’ll be a late call on whether he can be involved at the weekend.”

“With Chris Gunter being out, we looked at a couple of things down that right side on Tuesday night. There were things that came out of that game that gave me food for thought. It’s an area we’ll be looking to fill, obviously.”


The Manager also provided us with the latest on a trio of other players who will miss the trip to West Yorkshire, with Paul Kalambayi (right knee) looking the closest to making a return.

“I think it’s fair to say to say that ‘PK’ would probably have found himself getting opportunities over the last few weeks,” said Johnnie. “Unfortunately, we’ve not been able to use him because of the injury he sustained, but he’s getting closer and was out running on the pitch and working with the ball.

“We’re really keen to get Alex Woodyard (right calf) back with the group. It’s been a long time coming. The fact that he is getting closer is great, but we can’t just throw him in after he’s been out for so long. It’s important that we manage his return to training, as well as his return to action, but also, we need him back as quickly as possible.

“Nathan Broome has had a fracture to the foot. It’s great that he’s out of the protective boot and he is doing movement and little bits of handling with ‘Bayzo’, but he’s had an injury. The real test for him will be when there’s impact and he has to kick the ball again, but he’s going in the right direction and hopefully not too much longer.”


As for the game at the University of Bradford Stadium, Johnnie is very much looking forward to the occasion, where our former boss Glyn Hodges will be in the opposing dugout as Bradford’s Assistant Manager.

“Bradford have started the season well,” said Johnnie. “It’s a big stadium with really good home support, so it’s a tough place to go. They’ve got a manager in Mark Hughes who has managed at the highest level, they’ve got a lot of experience, but for us it’s a game that we should be relishing.

“For myself, I’ll be going up against someone who has played and managed in the Premier League. For the boys, they’ll be up against a side in good form and playing in a stadium that’s hosted topflight football and with a big crowd, so it should be one to relish.”

You can see an extensive interview with Johnnie Jackson below, via the link to our official YouTube channel.


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Match Reports

Dons denied victory

A hard-earned point for Wimbledon

24 September 2022

Our side gave everything they had on Saturday afternoon as the Dons came mightily close to taking all three points at Bradford City, only to concede a late equaliser in stoppage time.

Following a slow start to the first-half – in which Scott Banks scored a free-kick - Johnnie Jackson’s side began to showcase the qualities that we have been waiting to see over the past few weeks, with the home crowd becoming more and more frustrated as we grew stronger.

Our bright spell was ultimately rewarded in the second period, with Harry Pell capping an energetic performance with his first goal since re-joining us this summer.

And things got even better as the half wore on, with Ethan Chislett bending in another beauty of a free-kick to send the 351 travelling Wombles wild.

Sadly, we couldn’t hold out for the victory as Vadaine Oliver scored a late equaliser but nevertheless this is a point that could give us the platform to build towards brighter things in the weeks ahead.

Jackson made multiple changes to the side which saw off Crawley Town 3-2 in the Papa John’s Trophy, with Nik Tzanev being restored between the sticks, whilst there was starts for Josh Davison, Ayoub Assal and Paris Maghoma.

Isaac Ogundere also featured in a League Two starting 11 for the first time in his senior career. Meanwhile Huseyin Biler was named on the bench after recovering from a long-term injury.

A noisy home crowd made for a bouncing atmosphere prior to kick-off and it clearly drove Bradford on as they took the lead inside the first five minutes. Wimbledon were adjudged to have given away a foul on the edge of the area and it was Banks who stepped up to fire the free-kick past Tzanev.

The Dons were then hit with a further blow as Alex Pearce was forced off through injury in what was a nightmarish opening quarter.

Tzanev was in the thick of the action again soon after he sprung full stretch to tip a goal- bound header from Dion Pereira over the bar.

We then had our first chance of the afternoon as a curling cross was knocked into the path of Assal, only for our number 10 to head straight at Harry Lewis in the Bantams’ goal.

The forward then created another opening for himself, this time cutting inside from the left channel, but his low shot lacked the power required to test the keeper.

We then went even closer as Chislett rattled the crossbar following more good work from Assal out wide.

Moving into the second-half and it was Wimbledon who struck the woodwork again, as Davison saw his shot cannon back off the post with Lewis beaten.

It mattered little though as we equalised shortly afterwards. A hoisted cross wasn’t dealt with by the Bradford back-line, and Assal got a shot in, but the effort was only palmed by Lewis, and the waiting Pell crashing the ball home into the roof of the net.

It was then the Bantams’ turn to hit the bar, as another direct free-kick came close to finding the net shortly after our goal.

Despite a slight surge from the hosts, Wimbledon seized the initiative. A free-kick was awarded a fair distance out, but Chislett stepped up and expertly curled the ball up and over the wall and into the top corner.

Six minutes of added time were signalled by the fourth official and it appeared that we would see the result out until Oliver popped up in the six-yard box to head home, meaning the Dons had to settle for a point.

AFC Wimbledon: Nik Tzanev, Lee Brown, Will Nightingale, Harry Pell, Josh Davison (Kyle Hudlin), Ayoub Assal, Ethan Chislett (George Marsh), Alex Pearce (Ryley Towler), Paris Maghoma, Jack Currie, Isaac Ogundere

PICS: Paul Thompson (Pro Sports Images)

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Ticket News

Bradford away: £5 cheaper for advance tickets

Places available on our supporters' coach

20 September 2022

We're back at Bradford on Saturday for the first time since our 2019 final-day Great Escape - and tickets are available in advance for this fixture.

It's well worth booking online ahead of Saturday as it will be £5 more expensive for an adult if you purchase on matchday. There will be no cash sales on the day, though there will be a QR code on the wall close to the away turnstiles (Midland Road) to purchase tickets via Bradford's online ticket system.

Advance ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adults (24-65 years) £20
  • Seniors (65 years plus) £18
  • Young Person (17-23 years) £18
  • Youth (12-16 years) £10
  • Junior (11 years and under) £5 

Buy now from our online ticket shop.

Ticket prices rise by £5 for adults on Saturday with a £2 increase for Seniors and Young Persons. 

For information about ambulant disabled tickets, please contact 020 3988 7863.

Supporters' Coach

Places are available for return travel (£40) with the following pick-up points:

Waterside Way (close to the stadium) - 7.30 am

Tolworth Railway Station - 8.00 am

Book now from our online shop .

Alternatively, e-mail  .

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