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Johnnie: We’re up for the fight

Manager’s thoughts on 2024 opener

31 December 2023

The message from Johnnie Jackson is clear ahead of our first Sky Bet League Two fixture of the new year – every point matters.

Wimbledon head to bottom of the league Forest Green Rovers on Monday with a spring in our step after dispatching of Colchester United 5-3 on Friday night, and it’s certainly a performance that Johnnie feels we need to back up.

“We need more of the same,” he said. “I said after Sutton the other day that we got a punch on the nose and that it’s about how we respond. We have to go and back the Colchester result up now. We have to realise that if we drop off our levels, games become 50/50s, which means we can become unstuck.

“When we’re bang on it, I think we’ve shown that we can blow teams away in this division. As a group and as a manager, we have to keep driving those standards and make sure we maintain them.”

Beating teams by a high scoreline has been a regular occurrence for the Dons across all competitions this season, with our side having registered seven games where we’ve scored four goals or more against the opposition.

However, despite FGR’s lowly league position, our manager has insisted that we won’t be taking the game lightly as we aim to fight hard to keep pace in the early race for the play-off places.  

“They’re another team that’s fighting and scrapping,” said Johnnie. “Every team in this league has some sort of threat. A new manager has gone in there, no doubt they’ll be trying different things, but what they will be doing is fighting for their lives because every point is important. We’re going there to fight for a different reason and I feel that if we match the opposition we can beat anyone.”


As we confirmed to supporters on Saturday, tomorrow’s match will be Ali Al-Hamadi and Omar Bugiel’s final fixture before the duo depart for Qatar to represent Iraq and Lebanon respectively in the 2023 Asian Cup.

The Dons have no fresh injury worries ahead of the game at The Bolt New Lawn, with the likes of Aron Sasu, Isaac Ogundere and Paul Kalambayi all sure to be pushing for recalls to the 18-man squad.


Wimbledon supporters can buy tickets directly from Forest Green before the game tomorrow, with your brilliant backing sure to play a big part in helping our side to come away with a positive result. 

Dons fans will be located in the West Terrace, with the following tickets available:

Adults - £24

Over 65 - £19

Under-21 - £15

Under-18 - £9

Under-11 - £2

PICS: Pro Sports Images 

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Match Reports

Dons held by dogged Forest Green

All square at The Bolt New Lawn

1 January 2024

AFC Wimbledon were made to settle for a point on New Year’s Day as a plucky Forest Green Rovers side fought hard for a 1-1 draw.

Kicking off 2024, the game brought together two sides who had very different needs for points – with the men in yellow and blue looking to boost our play-off hopes whilst the hosts aimed to climb out of the relegation zone.

As a result, the 90 minutes was very much a war of attrition that resembled a chess match at times as the sides took it in turn to attack the other.

The major moments came early on, with Matty Stevens’ opening header being cancelled out by a mazey run and finish by Ali Al-Hamadi.

Admittedly it was FGR who came close to stealing victory at the end, meaning that the Dons will be in some ways glad to emerge with a point on a day when our number 10 also struck the inside of a post.

Johnnie Jackson named an unchanged side from the 5-3 win over Colchester United, with Al-Hamadi and Omar Bugiel both starting their final match before the duo depart for Qatar to play in the 2023 Asian Cup.

We’ve become accustomed to seeing our side make fast starts this season, but it was the hosts who struck first after barely four minutes. Kyle McAllister tricked his way inside before crossing for Stevens to head past the static Alex Bass.

It was an early shock that the Dons looked to respond to quickly with Al-Hamadi bursting into the area before being crowded out.

The Iraqi international wasn’t to be denied a second time though as he brought us back level. Connor Lemonheigh-Evans was the creator as he threaded a ball through the eye of a needle. Al-Hamadi took control, bypassed a few challenges, rounded the goalkeeper and fired home from a tight angle.

Jake Reeves and Armani Little were beginning to dictate proceedings as the game approached the half hour mark, with the former seeing a shot from distance clear the crossbar.

FGR continued to threaten from the wide areas, with Callum Morton getting on the end of a cross to force Bass to tip the ball behind for a corner. Jack Currie also had to be on hand to put in two expert sliding challenges as the hosts continued to pose a threat in transition.

Up the other end, Josh Davison had his first effort of the afternoon, firing over from long distance under little pressure. Al-Hamadi then came mightily close to doubling his tally just before the break, as he dribbled past two challenges and struck the ball against the inside of the far post.

Into the second-half and it was a case of looking to do more of the same from our perspective. A dominant opening five minutes included Reeves having a low effort comfortably saved by Luke Daniels in the FGR goal.

There was a change in thinking for the Dons in attack as both Harry Pell and James Tilley were introduced for Bugiel and Lemonheigh-Evans respectively.

Tilley was quickly involved as he collected a slide rule pass from Reeves and cannoned in a shot that Daniels had to palm wide. Then came another attacking substitute for Wimbledon as Josh Neufville replaced Davison.

The game became a sparring match in the final 10 minutes as both sides looked to give everything to find an all-important winner.

It was Forest Green who almost snatched all three points at the death, with Wimbledon throwing in some game saving blocks – including a clearance off the line – to ensure we left with a share of the spoils.

AFC Wimbledon: Alex Bass, Huseyin Biler, Jake Reeves, Ryan Johnson, Josh Davison (Josh Neufville), Ali Al-Hamadi, Armani Little, Omar Bugiel (Harry Pell), Connor Lemonheigh-Evans (James Tilley), Jack Currie, Joe Lewis

Attendance: 2,786 (627 away)

PICS: Clive Howes (Pro Sports Images)

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Ticket News

Forest Green: Advance tickets and a special offer on coach travel

Details for our away game on 1 January

18 December 2023

The Dons start 2024 with a trip to a club we’ve not visited since non league days – Forest Green Rovers.

To encourage as many Dons as possible to support Johnnie Jackson’s men on 1 January (3 pm kick-off) we’re reduced return travel on the coach to only £10 (more details further down this page).

Of course, we’d all love Wimbledon to get 2024 underway with a victory, so let’s start the new year on a real high in Gloucestershire!

Dons supporters will be located in the West Terrace at New Lawn, with the following prices:

  • Adults - £21
  • Under-21 - £11
  • Under-18 - £11
  • Under-11 - £1

The West Terrace is exposed to the elements, so we recommend bringing appropriate clothing to keep you warm!

Book now by clicking on the link below.

Forest Green Tickets

Wheelchair tickets (at the same relevant prices as above) can be purchased by our ticket office. E-mail or contact 020 3988 7863.

Please note that these tickets will be for the main East Stand (where home supporters are located).

Supporters’ Coach

As mentioned above, we’re offering a special offer on coach travel for this game – only £10 for return travel!

Pick-up points and times are below.

  • Waterside Way (off Plough Lane) – 8.30 am
  • Tolworth Railway Station – 9 am

Book online by clicking on the link below.

Coach Travel

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