Dons seek to make amends for cup defeat
Neal Ardley’s men return to the ABAX Stadium tomorrow aiming to show just how far the team has progressed since 9 August.
On that day, the Dons suffered a 3-2 loss in the EFL Cup, pushing Grant McCann’s side all the way in a thrilling match, but paying the price for defensive lapses (the picture above shows Chris Whelpdale's header putting Wimbledon in front).
Since then, Wimbledon have tightened up at the back, and that’s been a big factor for the Dons in a superb run of just one defeat in 11 league matches.
With only goal difference separating seventh place Posh to Wimbledon in ninth, it has all the makings of another close contest.
“It’s going to be a tough game. We played them earlier in the season and got beaten, although we played quite well on the night and let ourselves down from set-pieces. They are a good team. They play open football and we know fully what to expect. We will go there hoping to continue our good away form.
“We’ve tightened up at the back (since the last meeting). Our defending from set-pieces has been good. In the first few games we did not do ourselves justice. We’ve taken responsibility for that and the boys have as well. We’ve been on a great run away from home and long may that continue.”
“AFC Wimbledon will be a tricky game because they are in good form. Northampton was a big game, but in my opinion, this game is massive. People from the outside will be looking at Peterborough and wondering if they can go again and win back-to-back league games.
"The lads are confident, we know that our home form has been good of late, and we want to continue that. We are not resting on our laurels, we have to keep it going.”
The Dons could welcome back George Francomb and Tom Beere into the squad with both having returned to full training this week. Paul Robinson is suspended for picking up his fifth booking of the season against Bury on Tuesday night. For Posh, midfielders Jermaine Anderson and Brad Inman and striker Lee Angol are all still ruled out.
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HOW FAR WE’VE COME!
Tomorrow will be exactly 11 years since AFC Wimbledon edged out Fisher Athletic 1-0 at home. Matt Fowler scored the only goal for Dave Anderson’s men on 22 October 2005 in a Ryman Premier League match watched by a crowd of 2,745.
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