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Dons reunion at Margate

15 July 2016

Assistant manager salutes contribution of promotion hero

Neil Cox has praised Luke Moore’s “fantastic” contribution to AFC Wimbledon with the former Dons midfielder set to come up against his old club tomorrow.

Neil worked with Luke for almost two seasons before his departure in 2014, which came after a five-year spell that included a promotion into the Football League and helping us to stay up in dramatic fashion against Fleetwood.

“He was fantastic,” said Wimbledon’s assistant manager. “When we came in he never really had a settled position. Luke played in five or six positions, but he always put a shift in for us. He was one of the first names on the team sheet and a good lad to have around the place. It’s nice to see that he is still playing.”

Yado Mambo, Lewis Taylor, Elliott Buchanan and Brett Johnson are other Margate players with previous AFC Wimbledon connections and Neil is expecting a tough challenge at Hartsdown Park tomorrow.

“I think they will give us a good test,” said Neil. “They will want to beat us as we are a League One side now and not a League 2 team. But we will be a lot more organised as we’ve had a few more days of training. Players will be in different positions and we will have a look at other players to see how they do.

“We need to be a lot more organised (after Dover defeat). We gave two teams a run-out with a lot of chopping and changing. We also had a couple of young boys playing and they needed to get used to the way that we are going to play. We’ve done a lot more positional work ahead of Saturday, including work on the defensive side of things. Up until this week we had left them to do fitness work really.

“We will probably leave some of the players on the pitch for longer on Saturday and give them 60 minute run-outs, rather than 45 minutes. This year we’ve tried to bring in better players. We had to bring in more players last summer, but this time a lot of players were under contract and the manager worked hard to keep them. The new players have to learn how we are going to play, whether that’s 4-4-2 or 4-3-3. But they are experienced and they will settle in fine. They will just have to make one or two tweaks, but at the moment the main thing is fitness as it always is in the first three games of pre-season.”

Admission prices for tomorrow’s game at Margate are as follows:

Adults £10

Concessions £5

11-17 years £3

Under-11s £1

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