Wimbledon make first trip to Gigg Lane since April 2015
The Dons tonight take on a Bury side smarting from three successive defeats and no one in the AFC Wimbledon camp is prepared for anything other than a tough game.
Wimbledon’s last visit to Gigg Lane ended in a 2-0 defeat in April 2015, a victory that helped David Flitcroft’s men to automatic promotion and 18 months later the Dons have an opportunity to make amends in a League One clash.
“We are expecting a tough match. They have lost three on the trot, but they are still sixth in the table. That means over the course of 12 games they are the sixth best team in the league. They are not going to give us anything for free. Anything we get we will have to earn. We have to go out there and apply ourselves. We have done that recently and we want to make sure we put in a performance that we can be proud of.”
“Bury started the season really well, but they have had a bit of a dip in form. We just have to concentrate on us first mainly. It will be difficult to know how they are going to play because looking at the size of their squad they can chop and change a lot. They also had two sent off on Saturday. They have a lot of good players and it will not be easy going up there.
“The team spirit of our boys has been fantastic, the new players have taken it in. It’s not just come from us. It has come from the players who have been here a while and that’s what you want. They’ve told the new players, ‘this is what we expect’. They are all working hard for each other. The boys not in the team have been working hard after games and in training. They want to get into the team, but they want to be fit when they do get selected. It is all good.”
Eighteen-year-old defender Seth Owens has been called up to the AFC Wimbledon squad after his impressive form for the development squad. Tonight’s game will come too soon for George Francomb, despite the wide-man making good progress after a hamstring strain. Bury will be without Kean Bryan and Jacob Mellis for tonight’s game as both were sent off in the match against Rochdale on Saturday.
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