Manager and captain prepare for tough test on the road
AFC Wimbledon return to League One action tomorrow with an awkward trip to SportsDirect.com Park to face Oldham Athletic.
position in the table and will be eager to move away from the relegation zone under manager Stephen Robinson, who took over the post in July.ndThe Dons will be looking to keep up their excellent away form in the league, with their last defeat on the road on the opening day at Walsall. The Latics currently occupy 22
Neal Ardley’s men are in ninth position and just a point off the play-off places.
They’ve got a very good away record. They score a lot of goals in the last period of the game, so we have to be on our mettle with that. Set-plays will be huge to us. They’ve got big players all over the pitch and a player (Dom Poleon) who used to be here as well, but it comes down to individual battles and we’re aware of that and we must win those in both boxes.” Stephen Robinson: “Wimbledon are unbeaten in their last seven games away from home.
Neal Ardley: “Away from home against a big club, it is going to be tough. Sometimes the league does not tell you what it should and other times it does. They beat Scunthorpe 2-0 at home a few weeks back and played really well and they’ve played well in other games. Little moments have gone against them, but they have got good players, who can hurt us. We’ve got to be ready.
Barry Fuller: “It won’t change me at all. If that fifth booking comes - it happens. I’m out there to do a job for the team and if there’s a chance there to win a tackle and maybe I mistime it – that happens. If five bookings comes we deal with it, but it’s not going to change my approach at all.”
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Oldham Athletic: Defender Carl Winchester came through training and is due to be assessed to see if he can be involved, but midfielder Paul Green won’t be available.
AFC Wimbledon: Goalkeeper James Shea is expected to be included in the squad after coming off in the early stages of the Checkatrade Trophy defeat at Newport County. The match may come too soon for centre-back Darius Charles.
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