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“We’re travelling with a strong squad”

Team news for tonight’s game at Harrogate Town

3 October 2023

The players were understandably in high spirits on the training pitch, before setting off from our New Malden base for tonight’s game.

Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Tranmere has us sixth in the table and just three points off the top as we aim for a third win in a row. This evening’s hosts have also won their last two games and the two clubs drew 2-2 back in April.   

“We’re travelling up there with a real strong squad,” said Johnnie Jackson. They’re raring to go. We’ll go up there, see how they are over the course of the day, pick a team in the morning, and then give it everything to get another win.”

You can see the full pre-match interview with Johnnie and some of the main points below.

You’ve got a lot of miles to cover this week with Harrogate and then Mansfield on Saturday. What is your approach in terms of preparations?

It’s going to be a tough week physically, two tough games on the road, two decent teams, and a lot of travelling. It’s going to be a week when everyone needs to muck in, we’re going to have to utilise the squad, knowing that we’ve got two games we want to go and win. Everyone is going to need to play their part.

You’ve got a winning line-up, but have you got some difficult conversations ahead?

It’s difficult. Everyone who played their part on Saturday did great, the lads who came on did great, and the lads supporting those guys were brilliant. It was a real group effort.

The team is playing well, but we’ve got a lot of players champing at the bit to be involved, I could see that in training today. The ones that have done a bit extra are raring to play a part. I’m sure they will over the next week and this is why we build a squad to utilise it at these times.

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Aron Sasu made his first full appearance on Saturday, and he’s made it clear he wants to hold down a place in the first team!

Of course he does! He forced my hand in the way that he was training and the way he performed when he came on. He gave me the confidence to give him that start, he’d earned it and did great. The person he replaced in Josh Neufville has done great, Connor Evans did great – so there’s a lot of food for thought in those positions!

Everyone is making a case. It’s a tricky situation as a manager, but that’s what you want. We want this competition for places, those difficult decisions and to have those difficult conversations with whoever that maybe. It’s a tough one at the minute because they all want to play, and they all deserve to really.

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We drew there last season, but we’ve been really good on the road this season, do you sense a different mentality about this squad?

I just think we’re capable of winning a football match – whether that’s home or away. I just think there’s a real belief amongst this squad that going into a game that we’re capable of winning it. That’ll be the case on Tuesday night – we’ll go there believing that we can win.

It’s a tough place to go and they’ve had two good results. They’re a good team, I’ve watched them closely and they’ve got things about them that can hurt you. We have to be on it. If we turn up there with a complacent attitude, we’ll come unstuck, but I don’t see that among this group.

They are really pushing each other and can see what we’re doing. They feel like we can go on a run, but we know that won’t just happen. We need to have the right mindset, but I really see that with this group.

Photos: Pro Sports Images.

Full coverage of the game, with our Radio WDON commentary team, is available via iFollow Dons.

 

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Match Reports

Bugiel beauty makes it three in a row

Victory at the EnviroVent Stadium

3 October 2023

AFC Wimbledon secured a deserved 1-0 win over Harrogate Town on Tuesday night thanks to a belter of a goal from Omar Bugiel.

Our German-Lebanese striker decided the contest early on as he found the net with a curling finish with the outside of his foot – having previously been provider for two of our goals on the weekend.

This was a backs to the wall job if ever we’ve seen one, as we showcased great shape and organisation to grind out a victory that was the least we deserved on the balance of play.

Indeed Harrogate were limited to very little in the way of chances as we kept them at arm’s length whilst also creating openings of our own.

It was a vintage away performance that takes us higher up the League Two standings as momentum continues to build.

Johnnie Jackson kept faith with the same starting eleven that beat Tranmere Rovers 4-1 at the weekend, whilst the substitutes bench was also unchanged for this midweek fixture.

The Dons were quickly into their stride in comparison to Saturday and were rewarded for their drive and determination with the opening goal. Omar Bugiel picked up the ball in centre field before striding forward and unleashing a beautiful outside of the boot effort that flew into the bottom corner.

Ali Al-Hamadi then saw a shot saved as he looked to continue his hot streak in front of goal after bagging a hat-trick last time out. Out of possession we kept our shape well, limiting the pockets of space that Harrogate could exploit.

The hosts mustered their first effort of the night just north of the half hour mark, with Matty Daly firing into the hands of Alex Bass. Al-Hamadi then caused chaos in the penalty area as he blocked goalkeeper Mark Oxley’s clearance before the Sulphurites hacked the ball clear at the second time of asking. Our number 10 also saw a shot well saved after blitzing past a challenge.

Wimbledon headed in at the break in a commanding position as we looked to continue our unbeaten away run.

Our first opening of the second-half came via Armani Little, with the in-form midfielder firing off target following lovely link up play between Al-Hamadi and Jack Currie. Jake Reeves also had a go with an audacious lob that dropped wide of the far post as we sought a two-goal cushion.

Josh Neufville and Harry Pell were thrust into the action for the final quarter as bid to add more pace and physicality to our attack at a crucial stage of the contest.

It was the latter who almost notched a goal soon after being introduced as he met a corner strongly at the near post to force a save from Oxley.

However an increase in the lead wasn’t needed in the end as we showed expert game management to see the result through for a third win in a row.

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

Attendance: 2,066

PICS: Paul Thompson (Pro Sports Images)

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Ticket News

Harrogate Calling: Ticket Update

Purchase online until 3 pm

2 October 2023

We're heading to North Yorkshire on Tuesday with a trip to Harrogate Town and tickets are still available for Dons supporters to join us.

Please note that tickets will go offline at 3 pm this afternoon, so make a purchase before that time if you wish to buy in advance, and you can collect at Harrogate on the night. 

Online Ticket Shop

Dons supporters will be able to purchase on the day from Harrogate, but there will be a £2 rise for Adult and Concessions tickets, with a £1 increase for Under-18s and Under-12s.

To purchase on the day, you will need to do this from Harrogate Town, via an online booking form - access via the link below.

Harrogate Official Website

Places are also available on our supporters' coach (see further down this page for more details).

Our fans will be accomodated in the Barclay LED Solutions Stand, with both seating and standing options available.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Band Standing Seated
Adult (18-64 years) £20 £23
Over-65s, Students £16 £19
Under-18s £8 £11
Under-12s £6 £9
Under-5s FREE (with a paying adult) FREE (with a paying adult)
Carers FREE (with a paying adult) FREE (with a paying adult)

For disabled tickets, contact our Ticket Office on 020 3988 7863.

Supporters' Coach

We will be running a coach for this match with return travel (£45) available for Dons supporters. Pick-up points and times will be as follows:

  • Waterside Way (off Plough Lane) – 12.30 pm
  • Tolworth Railway Station – 1 pm

Book online

Places on the supporters' coach must be booked in advance of travelling on the day.  

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