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Preview: Dons in play-offs

14 May 2016

Another big day in Wimbledon's history

Neal Ardley is expecting another tough battle against Accrington Stanley tonight (7.30 pm kick-off) with little having separated the two sides in recent matches.

In five previous clashes, both sides have won two each and the Dons will be aiming to show the same sharpness in front of goal that earned a thrilling 4-3 win in October.

However, John Coleman engineered the ultimate underdog story in League 2 with Accrington coming so close to automatic promotion and that makes them dangerous opponents for the Dons.

QUOTES

Neal Ardley:

“It’s going to be tight, it’s going to be tense, there’s not going to be much in the game. The fans need to get behind the players even when things aren’t flowing and going right, and that’s in both games, we’ve got to be really positive after a great season. That could be the thing that pushes us over the line.”

"The fans have got to make as much noise as they can and make it as intimidating as possible. It’s an exciting game for all of us and there is an anxiety to achieve what we want to achieve, and what we don’t want is for that coming from them onto the players.”

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Darius Charles:

“Accrington are a great side and they have a good footballing philosophy. It will be a tough game against them again and may the best team win.

“Experience is something you cannot buy. We’ve got players who have been in this situation before and that know-how will help going into the play-offs. Individually and as a group there is a real spirit in the team. They are a massive part of why we are doing so well.”

TEAM NEWS

Connor Smith is fit to return to the AFC Wimbledon squad after making a quick recovery from the neck injury that caused him to be stretchered off against Newport. Matt Crooks is the only definitely confirmed absentee for Accrington after he underwent ankle surgery.

TICKETS

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HEAD TO HEAD (Last 5)

AFC Wimbledon 0 Accrington Stanley 0 (5 March 2016)

Accrington Stanley 3 AFC Wimbledon 4 (20 October 2015)

AFC Wimbledon 2 Accrington Stanley 1 (24 January 2015)

Accrington Stanley 1 AFC Wimbledon 0 (13 September 2014)

Accrington Stanley 3 AFC Wimbledon 2 (3 May 2014))

FORM GUIDE (Last 6)

AFC Wimbledon WDLWWW

Accrington Stanley DWWWD

LAST TIME OUT

AFC Wimbledon 1 Newport County 0

Accrington Stanley 0 Stevenage 0

MATCH ARRANGEMENTS

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MATCH COVERAGE

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ON THIS DAY

And we had to finish off with a mention of what happened 28 years ago today! The Dons caused one of the biggest cup final shocks by beating then League Champions Liverpool. Today is another proud day for the Dons with a first appearance in the Football League play-offs since reformation in 2002.


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