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Preview: Dons v Exeter

27 December 2014

Neal eager to turn around home form

Neal Ardley will assess the fitness of yesterday’s starting 11 before deciding on his team to face Exeter City at the Cherry Red Records Stadium tomorrow (3.00 pm kick-off).

Sammy Moore is unlikely to be considered due to illness and Wimbledon’s medical team will check on Bayo Akinfenwa (shin injury) ahead of tomorrow’s game.

Since Exeter’s shock FA Cup elimination at the hands of non league Warrington Town, Paul Tisdale’s side have won lost just once in seven games and have risen up to eighth in the League 2 table.

Neal is expecting a very tough game against one of the league’s form sides, but he says the Dons will be eager to get back to winning ways in front of their own fans after two successive home defeats.

“Our fans are always really good, particularly away from home, and they were phenomenal at Wycombe in the cup,” said Neal. “We want to get back to winning ways at home and give our fans something to sing about.

“Exeter are doing very well and Paul Tisdale is doing a great job. Exeter will always be brave away from home and they are a team you are always on edge about. You can never feel comfortable playing against them because they often change their shape during games.

“We will have to be on our mettle. It will be a case of Stuart Douglas (club physio) and Jason Moriarty (Sports Scientist) coming into their own with recovery strategies at training (today). We’ll try and get the team ready to go again. We will decide on Sunday morning whether we need to freshen it up or if we can send the same group out.

“We’ve won five out of the last eight now in all competitions and I feel we are not bad at the moment. If we can also make a couple of good additions in January then hopefully we can kick-on.”

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