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Johnnie welcomes back trio

Triple boost for the Dons ahead of Crewe clash

15 September 2023

Joe Lewis, Connor Evans and Ali Al-Hamadi all return to our squad for the visit of Crewe Alexandra on Saturday afternoon.

Ali is back from Thailand and his part in Iraq’s King’s Cup triumph. Lewis and Evans were unable to take part in last weekend’s defeat at home to Stockport County, due to the terms of their loan agreements with the Edgeley Park club.

Manager Johnnie Jackson spoke immediately after Friday’s final training session in New Malden and you can see the full interview and a summary of the main points below.

Key players Rod McDonald and Dan Agyei, who we’re well aware of, have moved on from Crewe. They’ve got a manager similar in age to you though and had a good start to this season. What have you made of them?

I think they’ve had an impressive start. They’ve got some good players and good fluidity about them. We know it’s going to be a tough game, they’ve scored a fair few goals as well, so they create chances.

Like anyone though, there’ll be areas we can exploit. What we’ve said this week is that it’s about getting back to what we’re really good at. We always have one eye on the opposition and what they’re going to try and do, but the focus has to be on us.

When we’re bang at it, doing the things that suit us and with the players that we’ve got – I think we’re a really good team, hard to beat and a match for anyone in the league. I think we came away from that in the defeat to Stockport last week, so that’s been the focus of the training this week.

We’ve got a lot of good attributes and it’s about playing to our strengths now.

Ali is back and approaching full fitness now?

He’s firing! He loves going away and representing his country – he’s proud of that and we’re proud of him. To have that representation on the international football stage is good for the football club.

The downside of that is that we lost him for a game, but he’s back with a spring in his step having got his first international goal. There was travelling involved, but he’s keen to get back out there for us.

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You could have a selection headache with Joe and Connor back too?

Yes, they missed out last week against their parent club and Joe has been a mainstay for us. He was disappointed he couldn’t play because he is loving his time here and is key to what we’re doing.

We still need to integrate Connor though. He’s new to it, having come on at Newport and then missed the EFL Trophy game against Stevenage, having played in the competition, and then last weekend. He has had a really good week training though.

We’ll build him up and get him involved and I think he’ll be a really good player for us too.

Paul Kalambayi and Huseyin Biler joined in the early part of training today, but still too soon for them?

Not tomorrow for those guys. We’re probably going to look to arrange a friendly for next week, particularly for those lads, but there’s other guys that are probably going to need a game and some minutes.

Having missed pre-season, we can’t put them straight into the league action and we probably need to give them 45 or 60 minutes in a friendly match and see how they come through that. They are training really well though and looking sharper every session.

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Just behind them with their progress are Jake Reeves and Armani Little?

They’re doing well with their rehab work. They stepped right up this week and are sort of hitting all the markers that we need them to, in order to reintroduce them into full training. We’ll have them back hopefully as soon as possible, then hopefully we’ve got a full squad to choose from. When we have got those options, we look really strong.

It’s encouraging you’ve got Jack Currie and Lee Brown competing for a position now.

Yes, Jack is back. He’s fit. He’s been building his minutes up last week and in the EFL Trophy. He is ready to go and he’s competing for that spot with Browny. That’s two good left-backs and a difficult one to choose from, but one of those calls I’m going to have to make!

You can listen to full coverage of the game against Crewe with our Radio WDON team via iFollow Dons.

Main photo: Ian Stephen (Pro Sports Images). 

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Match Reports

Dons sucker punched at the death

A point a piece at the Cherry Red Records Stadium

16 September 2023

AFC Wimbledon saw a lead slip once again as Crewe Alexandra fought back to earn a 2-2 draw on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Josh Neufville and James Tilley had put us in a commanding position heading into half-time before Joel Tabiner halved the deficit not long into the second period.

The game remained open though with both sides creating openings up until the match headed into stoppage time.

Amidst widespread confusion over how much time was added on by the officials it was Crewe who found an equaliser, with Elliott Nevitt squeezing in a shot from a tight angle.

It was a sucker punch that feels all too familiar for the Dons who will be looking to bounce back away at Walsall next weekend.

Johnnie Jackson made four changes to the side which lost 2-1 to Stockport County as Ali Al-Hamadi, Omar Bugiel, Jack Currie and Joe Lewis all came in for Josh Davison, Harry Pell, Lee Brown and Alex Pearce.

Meanwhile, Connor Evans was named amongst the substitutes after missing out in the previous game against his parent club.

Neufville, Al-Hamadi and Tilley all had shots blocked in the opening 10 minutes as the Dons started brightly.

We then had the best chance of the first-half as Al-Hamadi won the ball back high before squaring to Tilley who was free in the area, but our number seven could only screw his effort wide under little pressure.

It was the men in yellow and blue who went on to get the breakthrough we deserved, with Al-Hamadi having a big involvement again. Our number 10 surged down the right before smashing the ball across for Neufville to fire his first competitive Wimbledon goal into the net.

Lakin was next to have a go as he saw a curling effort saved as we pressed to exert our dominance past the half hour mark. It took less than 10 minutes for Tilley to get in on the act as we doubled our lead. The winger composed himself inside the area before firing low through a crowd of bodies.

It was almost three not long after as a Crewe defender came close to heading into his own net. Bugiel came even closer as his low effort shaved the far post before the half-time whistle sounded.  

It was the visitors who started the quicker of the two sides in the second-half and that resulted in a goal back for Crewe after a cross found its way to the back post for Tabiner to tap home unchallenged.

We responded well with Bugiel going close as he headed over a corner. Neufville also fired off target following good approach play.

Aron Sasu was introduced in the closing stages and came close to scoring his first senior goal as he jinked inside and saw a rasping drive fly just over the bar. It mattered little though as it was Crewe who scored extremely deep into stoppage time through Elliott Nevitt as the visitors took a share of the spoils.

AFC Wimbledon: Alex Bass, Ryan Johnson, James Tilley (Josh Davison), Ali Al-Hamadi, Josh Neufville (Aron Sasu), James Ball (Harry Pell), Omar Bugiel (Connor Evans), Charlie Lakin, Jack Currie (Lee Brown), Joe Lewis, Isaac Ogundere

Attendance: 8,147 (619 away)

PICS: Ian Stephen (Pro Sports Images)

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Don't miss out! Extra £5 tickets on sale

Buy now for Wimbledon versus Crewe

13 September 2023

We're counting down the hours until another big home game - and there's still time to snap-up a ticket for only £5.

That's because we've released extra seats to home fans for the Cherry Red (North) Stand.

So buy your ticket for only a fiver - and raise the roof in support of the Dons!

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Our "Footy For A Fiver" initiative on Saturday is aimed at bringing everyone closer to the action - making watching Wimbledon affordable for all. 

HOSPITALITY

Our captain Jake Reeves is currently on the way back from injury - and he'll be on hand to meet and greet supporters who buy one of our hospitality packages on Saturday.

And the incentive to join Jake isn’t all that we have to offer as fans that book a place will be eligible to a 50 per cent reduction for the Tranmere Rovers match, offering an opportunity to round off the month in style at the big game.

Book now via our Seat Unique Hospitality website.
 
For a taste of what you can expect from the matchday experience on Saturday, take a look at the video below - Our Stadium as you've never seen it before!
 

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