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Dons to assess front pair

3 March 2016

The latest team news ahead of Saturday's game

Neal Ardley said he will check tomorrow on the fitness of Lyle Taylor and Tom Elliott before deciding on his team to face Accrington Stanley.

Taylor (pictured) hobbled off with an ankle injury in the draw at Northampton and Elliott needed painkillers to get through the same game after struggling to shake-off a knock to his knee.

Speaking during an interview for Dons Player, Neal Ardley said: “We will have to wait and see as they have knocks. I know they will give it everything to play, but we will not know for sure until tomorrow. They are too sore and tired today. We will find out tomorrow. Everyone else is good, but we have to look at the games next week as well and try and decide if we give someone a breather or two. Ultimately, if you keep flogging them their performances will dip and you’ll wish you had freshened them up. We will have a look at the game and what we think the right way to approach it is.”

Neal says the Dons will head into Saturday’s game with confidence high after seven wins in ten games, but he is fully aware of the challenge Accrington Stanley will pose. John Coleman’s side – currently fourth in the table - suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at Yeovil Town last time out, but they did beat Oxford United in their previous away game.

“I am always confident about our team if we perform to a high level,” Neal told WDON’s Rob Cornell. “If we don’t do that on Saturday with the way Accrington play, they will pick us off. We will need to be at it and that has to be the case for the last 13 games of the season.

“I’ve watched loads of them this season and they are really good. They are not up there by chance and have dominated a lot of games. They are a very good passing team. To be perfectly honest, it is going to be really tough, but after the last two ding-dong battles we’re in that mode of tough games at the moment.”

The full update from Neal is now on Dons Player and an interview with Ade Azeez is also on our premium channel.

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