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Preview: Neal expects tough battle

11 August 2017

A goal from Lyle Taylor was just not enough to earn all three points for AFC Wimbledon at home to Shrewsbury last season and Neal Ardley is expecting another close tussle when the two clubs go head-to-head again.

Paul Hurst's side sneaked victory with a late goal at Greenhous Meadow at a tough time in the season for Wimbledon, back in February.


Neal Ardley

"We always watch the opposition, me and Bass, in particular, focus on that. I think, along with us, they are one of the teams fancied to have more of a relegation scrap, rather than a promotion win. There are a few teams put into that category and we are one of them. We all have something to prove and Shrewsbury are going to be very competitive. In this league there is never an easy game or an easy performance. You have to go hard at it because otherwise you will not get the result.

"We put in a good performance in that game (2-1 defeat at Shrewsbury). It was in a run of games when we felt that the referees did not help us and in that game we scored a perfectly legitimate goal. But that was last season and that's gone. They have recruited well and we've recruited well. It is two new teams and it is early season. We've had a decent week as far as performances go and we want to continue that and get a result at the end of the week."

Paul Hurst

"From what I have witnessed so far, I think they are playing more football. It looks like they are getting on the ball a bit more, but they've still got that physicality to them and they scored from a set-play the other night. I think with a Wimbledon side, that's one of the things you'd expect.

"They got a good result at Scunthorpe and from watching the match they deserved the point. The other night they took Brentford to extra time, so they will be in good spirits themselves as well. Last season they stayed up pretty comfortably. At one stage they were flirting a bit with the play-offs, so I'm sure they will be looking for another good season.

"We will go positive. We won't go there thinking let's get a point and set-up for that. I've said before that any point on the road isn't the worst thing in the world, but I won't set my team up to go there just for that.

Team news

For Wimbledon, Jimmy Abdou and Liam Trotter were due to be assessed after missing the game against Brentford. Jon Meades, Darius Charles, and Tom Soares are all still out injured. Shrewsbury have suffered a blow with Bryn Morris ruled out for six weeks due to a knee injury. He Joins Joe Riley in the absent column, though he should be back soon as he's recently started light training.

Last time out

Wimbledon 1 Brentford 3 (after extra-time)

Nottingham Forest 2 Shrewsbury 1

Last meeting

Shrewsbury 2 Wimbledon 1 (18 February 2017)


The Chemflow terrace is sold out, but we still have a limited number of tickets for seated areas in the Paul Strank and John Green Stand. These tickets can be purchased on the day pre-match. Terrace tickets are also available for the RyGas Stand.


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