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“My players know the magnitude of this game”

Johnnie on derby day at Sutton United

18 August 2023

Johnnie Jackson has emphasised the importance of tomorrow afternoon’s derby at Sutton United to the squad.

We were beaten both home and away last season by our local rivals and the manager is determined that we don’t see a repeat of that in the pursuit of a successful campaign this time around.

“My players know the magnitude of this game,” said Johnnie. “They know how important it is, not only because it’s a local rivalry but because of what we want to do this season. It’s important that we try and back up good performances and get back-to-back victories and try and go on runs if we want to achieve anything this season.”

You can see the full interview below, plus watch footage of key players on the way back after injury. You can read a summary of the interview below.

What have you made of Sutton’s progress in recent seasons under Matt Gray and Jason Goodliffe?

I think Matt has done a great job there, he’s someone I know well from our days at Tottenham together.

He gets plaudits for what he has done on tight budgets. He’s done excellent and got them through the leagues and they’re established in the Football League now.

They’re a really difficult team to play against and certainly this season they’ve been a tough nut to crack. I’m not expecting an easy ride there whatsoever – it’s going to be a tough game, typically with a Sutton team we’re going to come up against.

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With the extra spice of a local derby, it’s going to be a tough game. Obviously, we’re buoyant from the victory at Colchester in midweek and the games before that. Even though we didn’t win those, I thought we played well. We could have been sat here with four wins, what with the victory over Coventry in the cup as well.

We’re in a good place, we’re confident and if we turn up in the right frame of mind and with the same attitude as Tuesday – we’re a match for anyone.

You’ve been involved in North and South London derbies as a player, there’s a big crowd expected, what do you need on occasions like these?

You need energy, you need commitment. The supporters need to see that you understand the magnitude of the occasion. In the game, you need to leave it all out there on the pitch – I know that my team will be doing that.

If we do all that, I think we can come away with a positive result. Sutton are the type of team that if you don’t turn up with that sort of mindset and attitude then you come unstuck.

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My players know the magnitude of this game. They know how important it is, not only because it’s a local rivalry but because of what we want to do this season. It’s important that we try and back up good performances and get back-to-back victories and try and go on runs if we want to achieve anything this season.

Saturday is an important game as far as keeping our momentum going, with that added touch of a local rivalry.

Paul Kalambayi, Huseyin Biler and Jack Currie are all working outdoors now. You’ve nearly got a fully fit squad to choose from?

All those boys are getting closer. I think the weekend will come too soon for all of them. PK (knee) has been the long-term absentee, so his progression has been a case of slowly but surely, but he is getting a lot closer. Jack (quad) and Hus (hamstring) are less long-term, but these boys will be back before you know it.

Hopefully, when they come back, we don’t lose some others – then I’ve got a full roster to choose from and some real difficult decisions to make about the eleven and the eighteen involved on a match day.

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I’d have some really difficult decisions to make, but you want to be in a position where it’s really difficult to pick an eleven, pick seven subs and leave a few people out. It’s the horrible part of football, but there are important decisions that need to be made.

At the moment, I’ve got twenty players who are desperate to be in the team and can make a case for playing – that’s where this squad is at. Only eleven get to start, but you’ve seen the impact that the guys sat behind have had when they’ve come on and we’ve spoken to them about how important the squad is and having a positive impact when they’re involved.

For those Dons supporters who haven't yet picked their tickets up, you can do so pre-match tomorrow from the away turnstiles (Gate C, turnstiles 9 and 10).

We've sold out of our allocation of 1,290 for this derby fixture. There is a fan zone for away supporters at Sutton, behind the away end, serving food and drink. For those not attending the game, you don't need to miss out on a matchday programme! 

You can pre-order online from Sutton United and your edition will be sent out following the game

Main photo: Ian Stephen (Pro Sports Images).

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Match Reports

Derby day delight for the Dons!

A resounding victory at the VBS Community Stadium

19 August 2023

AFC Wimbledon swept Sutton United aside 3-0 in the South London derby as we took the bragging rights in style.

A largely dominant performance was given the all-important goals it deserved as Ryan Johnson, Harry Pell and James Tilley struck the decisive blows at Gander Green Lane.

It was the least we deserved on a day in which we also struck the woodwork twice as the Sutton goal came under siege.

The result caps off a brilliant week as a whole for the Dons as we continue to rise up the league standings.

Johnnie Jackson named an unchanged side from the 2-0 win in midweek over Colchester United as we sought another positive result on the road.

There was an early opening for Ali Al-Hamadi inside the first few minutes as our striker saw a powerful effort blocked after being sent in down the channel. Lee Brown then took aim from distance with a half volley that flew past the right-hand post.

We then worked the hosts’ keeper for the first time as Tilley saw his effort palmed away by Jack Rose from close range. Al-Hamadi then saw a header somehow stay out before an Omar Bugiel flick worked Rose into another good save.

We had to keep our wits about us at the other end, with Harry Beautyman heading over unopposed following a good cross from Craig Eastmond. Bugiel was continuing to cause his former side problems as he turned well before firing over from distance prior to the half-time break.

It was Sutton who started the stronger of the two sides in the second 45 minutes as Josh Coley saw a shot come back off the post following an initial save by Alex Bass.

An incredible passage of play led to the opening goal of the day. First Tilley and Al-Hamadi saw their efforts remarkably strike the crossbar in the space of just a few seconds before we finally took the lead as Johnson rose highest to head home Tilley's delightful in-swinging free-kick. The hosts came straight back at us with Bass having to spring full stretch to keep out a low effort.

We doubled our lead as the game headed into the final 10 minutes. Pell, introduced as a substitute barely seconds before, rose highest at the back post to head home a corner with his first touch.

Tilley then put the cherry on the cake as he got in on the act with a trademark strike that flew into the far corner after he cut in from the right wing. It meant that the three points were ours and so were the bragging rights!

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

Attendance: 4,719 (1,296 Dons)

PICS: Stephen Flynn (Pro Sports Images)

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Ticket News

Tickets for Sutton away now on sale to ST holders

Buy online from today

26 July 2023

Our first derby match of 2023/24 is at Sutton United on Saturday 19 August – and tickets are now available to buy for this game.

Tickets are initially only available to Season Ticket holders who have purchased for Grimsby away in this coming season, followed by ST holders who bought a ticket for an away game in 2022/23 – rewarding the loyalty shown by our fantastic supporters. 

You will need to log in first to your online account and then go to ‘Personal Offers’ for the option to buy to become available.

As we announced on Monday, selling arrangements for Season Ticket holders, are as follows:

  • First priority window - 1pm on Wednesday 26 July until 1pm on Friday 28 July

Available at one per fan ID to our 2023/24 Season Ticket holders who have purchased for Grimsby away.

  • Second priority window – 1pm on Friday 28 July until 1pm on Tuesday 1 August

On sale at one per fan ID to our 2023/24 Season Ticket holders who purchased an away ticket in the 2022/23 campaign.

  • Third priority window – From 1pm on Tuesday 1 August

Available to all 2023/24 Season Ticket holders at one per fan ID.

Please note that this applies to tickets purchased for away games in advance, directly from AFC Wimbledon.

Ticket prices are as follows:

SEATED

  • Adult - £25
  • Concession (60+) - £19
  • 12-18 years - £11
  • Under-12s - £4

STANDING

  • Adult - £21
  • Concession (60-plus) - £15
  • 12-18 years - £7
  • Under-12s - free with a paying adult

We've received an allocation of 1,290 for this match, and tickets may go on general sale, subject to availability, after the priority windows for ST holders.

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