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English Football League - League Two

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“It’s all guns blazing for Saturday”

Assistant Manager eager to extend unbeaten run

25 August 2023

Terry Skiverton has warned his players that the complete focus is Forest Green tomorrow - and they must not have one eye on Chelsea.

Having come down from League One last season, tomorrow’s visitors are currently third from bottom - in contrast to our position at the other end of the table - but Terry wants standards maintained over the Bank Holiday weekend.

“The biggest thing you always think about, in the back of your mind, is complacency,” said Terry. “We don’t want to be enjoying things too much. We still want it to be competitive, loads of blocking, tackling, runs forward and sprint recoveries. We’ve got to stay on it and drive standards.”

Terry was speaking after Friday’s training session at our New Malden base, and you can listen to the full interview and read a summary of the key points below.

What have you made of Forest Green’s start to the season, as they adjust to life in League Two?

We’ve been in that situation ourselves when we came down last season. Me and the gaffer know what that’s like, but we also know there was a turning point within that period.

They’re a good side and they’ve got some good players, players that I know such as Ryan Inniss. I know Troy Deeney through mutual friends. He’s a lovely guy, but a real competitor. With him coming into their team, he certainly brings that experience.

They’ve had a few sent off in recent games, which hasn’t helped, but their last win was an away game at Harrogate. They’re adjusting to the level, and we need to make sure we don’t fall into that trap of complacency.


Aron Sasu spoke earlier in the week in the build-up to this game. You must be pleased that his focus at such a young age is very much on this weekend?

I think that’s because of what the gaffer has instilled. There’s no talk of next week. The manager has been really focused on preparing the players so that they go into this game fighting, blocking, tackling, and running. If anybody has got their mind on anything else – they won’t be playing in that other game.

For us, it’s all guns blazing for Saturday. On Sunday, we can refocus and rejig, which we do for every other game. We're not going to be focused on more than the game in front of us and for us it’s a really big, important week in the league season.

With your connection as a player for Chelsea, does that even go for you too?

I’m not allowed to talk about it. If I mention it to the gaffer, I don’t think I’ll go! No, all focus is on tomorrow. We want to give our supporters that feeling that we’ve had – especially in the last couple of away games. We’re focused on that, so that we get that special feeling at Plough Lane.


It really is a settled squad at the moment, but the inevitable question will come up between now and the close of the transfer window next Friday evening – do you envisage any further activity?  

I think we’re in a good place and the squad is in a good place. I think we all know we’re a bit thin on the ground and where we need a bit of help. There are discussions going on, but unless it’s the right fit - and better than what we’ve already got - then I think we’ll be passing up on a lot of opportunities.

However, if something comes up that the Club feels is right to move forward with – I still think there would be room to do some business.

Photos: Pro Sports Images.

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Dons denied after Ball opener

Level at the Cherry Red Records Stadium

26 August 2023

AFC Wimbledon were denied a third win in a row as Forest Green Rovers came back to draw 1-1.

A well-taken goal from first-half substitute James Ball appeared to have set us on our way to another hard-earned win, but opposition substitute Troy Deeney had the last laugh as he bagged an equaliser.

Wimbledon passed up a hatful of chances in the second-half, so there was a feeling that we should have taken more from the game.

Nevertheless, a point keeps us unbeaten in all competitions and well at the business end of the early league standings.

Johnnie Jackson named an unchanged starting eleven and bench for this game as we looked to assert our authority on home turf.

There was an opening for the Dons barely a minute into the game as James Tilley crossed for Ali Al-Hamadi to head into the hands of Luke Daniels. Up the other end Charlie McCann was unlucky to see a curling effort come off the inside of the post.

Isaac Ogundere then had to be at his best to make a last-ditch challenge. Alex Bass was also called into action in the opening half an hour as he palmed Matty Stevens’ header over the bar from point blank range.

It was a case of déjà vu for the Dons again as a substitute had an almost instant impact. Ball, on in place of Jake Reeves, met an Armani Little corner at the near post to head home superbly to put us ahead.

We almost had a second just before the half-time whistle was blown, with Tilley seeing his free-kick fly inches over the crossbar.

The second-half started in the same manner as the first, with Wimbledon creating the first opening as Al-Hamadi fired over Isaac Ogundere’s cross.

As the rain poured down on Plough Lane our chances kept on coming, with Josh Neufville striking high and wide after good approach play by Tilley. Al-Hamadi was then presented with the best chance of the game as Bass’s long ball sent him clean through, but our number 10 missed the target.

Disaster struck for the Dons soon after as the visitors scored an equaliser against the run of play through Troy Deeney’s scrappy finish. Wimbledon responded well with Ryan Johnson and Neufville both seeing efforts well saved by Daniels for FGR.

Al-Hamadi also saw another strike matched by the opposing number one as we piled on the pressure in the closing stages. However, our endeavours didn’t bring about a late winner and we had to settle for a point on a day when we could have taken all three.

AFC Wimbledon: Alex Bass, Lee Brown, Jake Reeves (James Ball), Ryan Johnson, James Tilley, Ali Al-Hamadi, Josh Neufville, Armani Little (Harry Pell), Omar Bugiel (Josh Davison), Joe Lewis, Isaac Ogundere

Attendance: 6,949 (295 away)

PICS: Stephen Flynn (Pro Sports Images)

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Matches coming up at the Cherry Red Records Stadium

18 August 2023

Following our exciting start to the season, the games are coming up thick and fast for the Dons - and our next home match is against Forest Green on Saturday 26 August.

Johnnie Jackson's men will be aiming for a first home league win this season against the men from Gloucestershire, after knocking out Coventry in the Carabao Cup and matching Wrexham, in our previous games at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Taking on Forest Green will bring back memories of previous non league battles and it will be our first EFL match against the club relegated from League One last season.

So don't miss out, come along and cheer on the Dons to another important win!

Tickets are also available for the following home games:

  • Stockport County on Saturday 9 September
  • Crewe Alexandra on Saturday September 16
  • Tranmere Rovers on Saturday September 30 

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