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“Recovery has been paramount”

We'll aim to keep our unbeaten league run going in Wales

1 September 2023

Johnnie Jackson placed the emphasis on our recovery after Wednesday’s battle at the Bridge and ahead of tomorrow’s trip across the border to Newport County.

We will be without our centre-midfield pairing of Jake Reeves and Armani Little again though (both hamstring). 

Although our impressive overall run since the start of pre-season came to an end at Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, we're still unbeaten in League Two. However, that’ll be tested by the team directly below ourselves in fifth place on Saturday, with just goal difference separating the two sides in the table.

“It’s been a mad few days with a quick turnaround and we’re back on the road this afternoon,” said Johnnie after this morning’s training session in New Malden.

“I think everyone is just keen for the next game, what with the way we’re playing and the positivity around the place. The best thing for us is to get back out there and play football.

“Wednesday will have taken a physical and mental toll on the lads and it was important we used the next couple of days for recovery. That’s been paramount. We’ve done a lot of homework on Newport, so we can use the time at the hotel tonight and in the morning to get the final messages across and then we’ll pick a team that’ll go out there fresh.”

You can see the full pre-match interview and a summary of the key points from Johnnie below.

It’s a tough place to go and we had a couple of close encounters with them last season, what are you expecting this time around?

It’ll be a tough one. They’ve started the season really well and scored a lot of goals. They’ve got one of the top scorers in League Two, in Will Evans. They’ve got threats in their team, and we have to be bang up for it.

Graham Coughlan has his teams well drilled, well organised and well-motivated. It won’t be an easy place to go to, certainly on the back of a physically tough game in midweek. We need to freshen our minds and bodies as best as we can and be ready for a fight, first and foremost.

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Morgan Williams and James Ball performed extremely well the other night in midfield, but have you got an update on Jake Reeves and Armani Little?

Those lads are likely to still be missing. We’re hopeful that they’re not long-term injuries, but both came off last weekend against Forest Green feeling their hamstrings. They’re unavailable for this game, but we’re hoping the timeframe isn’t too long for those two.

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Paul Kalambayi, Jack Currie and Huseyin Biler are all making progress, but you don’t expect them to be involved either?

No. They’re all picking up though and PK and Jack are back in full training, but they’ve both been out for a while – particularly PK. We need to build them up. Jack is a lot more straightforward and we’re looking to get him involved in the Trophy game against Stevenage next Tuesday.

Hus is a little bit behind them, but he’s back outside doing his running and different movements and he won’t be far away either.

Everyone else is okay and in good spirits.

We had well over four thousand at Stamford Bridge the other night, but with the end of the summer holidays and train strikes – we’ll be grateful for the support we get at Newport.

Wherever we go we take a good following and none more so than on Wednesday night at the Bridge. To see four and a half thousand or so there, cheering us on, definitely helped with the way they got behind the team and the way the boys responded - that’s always been the case.

Whoever makes the trip to Newport – we’re eternally grateful and we want to reward them and put on a show for them.

Photos: Stephen Flynn and Ian Stephen (Pro Sports Images).

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

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Match Reports

Dons pegged back after Tilley double

All square at Rodney Parade

2 September 2023

AFC Wimbledon had to settle for a point at Newport County as the home side came from behind to draw 2-2.

James Tilley continued his sensational goalscoring form in the first-half, with his well-taken brace putting Wimbledon into a commanding 2-0 lead before a Will Evans goal halved the deficit before the break.

This opened up the contest with the pressure eventually telling as Newport equalised through Omar Bogle’s lobbed finish. From then on it was an end to end match that was there for the taking with both sides striking the woodwork during the 90 minutes.

It will feel like two points dropped for those of a Wimbledon persuasion, but we remain unbeaten in League Two as we move further into September.

Johnnie Jackson made three changes to the side which lost 2-1 to Chelsea, with Lee Brown, Ali Al-Hamadi and Omar Bugiel replacing Alex Pearce, Josh Davison and Harry Pell. Deadline day signings Connor Evans and Charlie Lakin both featured amongst the substitutes.

There was some early pressure from the hosts, with Joe Lewis doing well to block an effort inside the area. The Dons needn’t have worried as we took the lead not long after.

Al-Hamadi and Tilley combined to devastating effect on the edge of the area, with our number seven collecting the striker’s pass before shifting the ball onto his right and firing beyond Nick Townsend.

We went in search of a second quickly after with Al-Hamadi skewing a shot wide after skipping away from a challenge well. Former Don Shane McLoughlin went closest for Newport inside the opening half an hour as he headed just wide. Nevertheless, it would be Wimbledon that were next to strike.

That man Tilley was at it again, this time driving infield before unleashing a rocket of a left-footed strike that left Townsend with absolutely no chance. Omar Bugiel then headed just off target as we pressed for a third.

County did come even closer, as Scot Bennett struck the crossbar from someway out and it was the home side who would get their reward for exerting some pressure in additional time. Evans prodded home after the initial cross deceived Alex Bass and was headed back across goal for him to tap into the empty net.

This set up an intriguing second-half as the two sides trooped in at the break. There was an early change at the start of the second 45 minutes as Pell replaced Bugiel.

Ryan Johnson headed a Morgan Williams corner over from close range in what appeared to be a decent half chance. The hosts would be next to hit the back of the net as our two-goal lead evaporated.

Omar Bogle got in behind after neither Bass or any of our defenders failed to deal with a long ball, and he lobbed the ball over our keeper in composed style. We came back at our hosts, with Tilley seeing a shot deflect off the post as he looked to claim his hat-trick. Our winger then had another crack as he fired straight at the keeper. It was almost becoming a straight shooting match between the two as Tilley then saw a header remarkably kept out.

As the game entered the final 10 minutes both Davison and Lakin were introduced to add a fresh impetus to the proceedings. However, as much as both sides pushed, neither could find the all important winning goal, meaning the points were shared.

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

Attendance: 4,008 (403 away)

PICS: Dan Minto (Pro Sports Images)

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Ticket News

Extra details for Dons travelling to Newport

Ticket information for match in South Wales

1 September 2023

Following the thriller at Chelsea, our attentions turn to chasing another three points at Newport - and more of your fantastic support will be greatly appreciated in South Wales.

After yesterday's update, we received a bit of extra information from Newport, which we've published below.

Ticket sales on the day/collections

You can buy on the day from the ticket booth at the away end (Bisley Stand). It's recommended that you pay with cash as the card machine payment facility relies upon a Wi-Fi signal that is not always 100 per cent reliable. Collections for tickets purchased in advance are also from the same away ticket booth.

Parking

The nearest parking facility is Kingsway Centre car park, off the A4042 (Usk Way). Use postcode NP20 1EU. It’s a small walk from the car park to the ground.

Address

The away end post code is NP19 0BG and is directly opposite the ATS Garage on Corporation Road. This is the drop off point for the supporters' coach.

Away Bar

This has been newly been refurbished and is a suitable place for Dons fans to have a drink. Please note it is a cashless bar.

Ticket prices

Online sales will end at 3pm today. Prices are as follows:

  • Adult - £24
  • Seniors 60 years plus - £20
  • Under-16 - £12
  • Young Adult (16-21 years) - £18
  • Under-12s - £10
  • Under-6 years – free with an accompanying Adult

Book from our online ticket shop.

Supporters' Coach (also must be booked before 3 pm today)

The price is £40 for return travel with the following pick-up points and times:

  • Waterside Way (off Plough Lane) - 9 am
  • Tolworth Railway Station - 9.30 am

Make a booking now by accessing our online ticket shop.

Please note that places on the coach must be booked in advance, either online or in person, at the ticket office. 

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