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Johnnie aims to maintain unbeaten away form

Previewing another long away trip for us on Saturday

27 October 2023

Johnnie Jackson is contemplating changes to the line-up, as we move on from Tuesday’s result with another long-distance trip this weekend.

The 4-2 defeat at home to Accrington Stanley was “put to bed quickly” at the training ground and the focus is very much on maintaining our impressive unbeaten away run this season, at Morecambe on Saturday.

“We’ll make some tough decisions," said Johnnie. "Obviously, off the back of certain results we look at things and different ways of going about the task ahead.

“We have to look at what’s available to us and how we came out of the other night. Who do we feel is going to be best suited to start the game at Morecambe? Not only that, but the five from seven substitutes that are going to help us get the result we need.”

You can listen to the full interview with Johnnie, and a summary of the key points is also below.

As manager, how did you deal with going back into the dressing room on Tuesday night and then regrouping back at the training ground the next day?

We had to put it to bed really quickly with another game coming up. We looked at the previous night and it was spoken about in honest terms - what we needed to do better.

The players engaged in that and they recognised that we didn’t do the things in those first 45 minutes that had brought us success for large parts of the season. We came away from our levels, we came away from what we had been doing well - for whatever reason - and we threw in a bad first-half.

We responded brilliantly in the second half and on another night we might have got something. The response in the second-half gave us the belief that the first-half was an anomaly. I told the lads that the good thing is having another game soon.

I told them, 'before you know it, we’re going to be on the train going to Morecambe and you’ve got the opportunity to put it right as soon as possible'. That’s the beauty of football - sometimes you have no time to dwell. We’ve addressed it and they’re desperate to get back out there.

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Tomorrow’s opponents are just outside the play-off places and they've only lost three times themselves in the league this season under Derek Adams, so are you expecting a difficult challenge?

Yes, Morecambe are a tough side and it’s a tough place to go - back in the North West. We’ve had a few long journeys already and more to come.

They’re on a decent run of form, but our away form has been really strong. We’ve got lads who are desperate to play, to put things right, and are also in a positive frame of mind when it comes to attacking these away games.

We'll go up there full confidence that we can go and get a result, knowing – as always – we’re up against opposition that can cause us problems. However, we can do that ourselves, as we’ve shown time and time again.

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You’ve got plenty of options to choose from, as just Lee Brown is absent?

Yes. Lee is struggling with his back a bit. He is due to have some work done on that today, so hopefully we’ll have him back before too long. Unfortunately, he’s going to miss out on this trip.

You can listen to full coverage of the game, with our Radio WDON commentary team, on iFollow Dons.

Photos: Pro Sports Images.

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Match Reports

Dons well beaten at Morecambe

Defeat at the Mazuma Stadium

28 October 2023

AFC Wimbledon’s unbeaten away record came to an end in disappointing fashion as Morecambe ran out as 4-1 winners.

A promising first 45 minutes had seen the two sides head in at 0-0 and with the Dons dominating the latter stages of the half, but things couldn’t have gone any worse when the match restarted.

Two goals in the space of five minutes saw the hosts streak into a commanding lead that was made even worse barely 10 minutes later as they made it three from the penalty spot.

Armani Little’s second goal of the season gave the Dons a glimmer of hope, but that was quickly dashed as Michael Mellon completed his hattrick for four.

It means Wimbledon have plenty of food for thought as we head towards a batch of home games at the start of November, with a good start key to getting back on track.

Johnnie Jackson made two changes to the team which lost 4-2 at home to Accrington Stanley as Omar Bugiel and Josh Neufville were restored to the starting 11 in place of Harry Pell and Connor Lemonheigh-Evans. Meanwhile, Aron Sasu was named amongst the substitutes.

A fast-paced opening 10 minutes brought about plenty of challenges in the midfield before we created our first opening of the game. The influential Ali Al-Hamadi burst down the right before seeing his cross drift just too far in front of the onrushing Bugiel and Neufville.

Joe Lewis came even closer to breaking the deadlock as his header missed the target from a well-delivered corner, with the centre-back appearing frustrated that he didn’t at least work the goalkeeper.

The assault on the Morecambe goal continued as Tilley cut inside the opposing full-back, forcing a great save from Adam Smith, before Al-Hamadi saw his effort somehow hacked clear off the goal line when he looked certain to score.

The scores were level at the break, but it didn’t stay that way for long as we began the second-half in poor fashion for the second game running. Mellon broke through for the Shrimps before rounding Alex Bass and finishing from an acute angle.

Things got even worse soon after as a mix-up between Bass and Lewis ended with the ball deflecting into our net off our defender to double Morecambe’s advantage. It was then three within the space of a few minutes as Mellon bagged his second from the penalty spot after Bugiel's late challenge in the box.

Al-Hamadi came close to reducing the deficit as he broke through but he couldn’t get adequate contact on the ball. Nevertheless, we did get a goal, with Armani Little bending an effort into the far corner from outside the box after a fine pass by Al-Hamadi.

Wimbledon began to press for a second with substitute Huseyin Biler seeing a goal bound effort deflected behind for a corner. Another of our substitutes also had an effort saved as Lemonheigh-Evans headed straight at the keeper.

Any hope of a resurgence was quickly distinguished as Mellon fired high into the net to claim a hat-trick with the Dons caught up field. It capped off a disastrous 45 minutes for our side on an afternoon to forget.

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

Attendance: 4,453 (356 away)

PIC: Paul Thompson (Pro Sports Images)

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Ticket News

Morecambe away: Tickets & Travel

Book in advance for trip to the Mazuma Stadium

9 October 2023

The Dons round off October by making the long trip to Morecambe and tickets can now be purchased for this match from our online ticket shop.

Wimbledon supporters will have fond memories of previous trips to Morecambe, including that dramatic 4-3 win two years ago.

Please note that tickets must be purchased in advance for this game on Saturday 28 October with the host club having informed us that there will be no ticket sales on the day.

Dons fans can get there and back by booking travel through the Club as we'll be running  supporters' coach for this game (more details further down this page). 

Our fans will be accomodated in the Beyond Radio A Stand with the following ticket prices:

  • Adult - £25
  • 65-plus years - £20
  • Young Adults (18-22 years) - £15
  • Juniors (14-17 years) - £7
  • Child (Under-14s) - £5

Buy now from our online ticket shop.

Morecambe Tickets

For wheelchair tickets, please contact us on 020 3988 7863 or e-mail tickets@afcwimbledon.ltd.uk.

Supporters' Coach

Book return travel (£45), with pick-up points and times as follows:

  • Waterside Way (off Plough Lane) – 7.30 am
  • Tolworth Railway Station – 8.00 am

Book online

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

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