Neil Cox said that the Wimbledon squad must be positive in their approach tomorrow against a Fleetwood side defending a 100 per cent record in League One this season.
Tomorrow’s match pitches together two clubs with a great history of rising through the leagues and Uwe Rosler’s men came tantalisingly close to reaching the second tier of English football last season.
It was honours even last season between the two sides and Neil Cox is expecting another tough battle at Highbury Stadium tomorrow.
“Both clubs have done fantastic,” said Neil. “We are both in this league – that is the first point. They were probably a little bit disappointed that they never went up last season. They did fantastic to get that close, but we did not finish the season well. We are looking forward to a really good season and we are enjoying the challenge of being in this league.
“Looking at the teams who came up and those who came down, I think this is probably the strongest League One line-up for a long time. It’s going to be difficult. It is always difficult when you’ve missed out on promotion the previous season, but Fleetwood have started really well.
“Their keeper (Alex Cairns) is having great times at the moment – he has been making some very good saves – but they are winning games. That will breed confidence, but we have worked hard all week and we will be ready for the challenge. We think we know what formation they will play, but are they going to be able to handle us and the way that we play? That is the most moment important thing; that we are positive and we do what is good for us.”
“Every game at Highbury will be a tough game this season, and we will deal with it. “I admire their coach and I know him from my time down at Brentford. He is a good guy and a really good coach who wants his team to play. He knows how he wants to play and they have a plan b.
“This year they are trying to play and the team have the characteristics that all Wimbledon teams have. They will come to us and have no fear and will try to get a result.
“Last year we played them twice, and they were tight games. We played well at their place, I remember it was one of the first games where we played the 3-5-2 and we looked really good.
“We got a late equaliser but we should have won the game. The home game was different – they were a big team and tried to out-power us, but both encounters were tough.”
Last time out
Northampton Town 0-1 Fleetwood
AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Shrewsbury
Fleetwood Town 0-0 AFC Wimbledon (18 March 2017)
Dons fans can pay on the day (cash only) at the following prices:
Adults £22; Over-65s £17; Students and Under-18s £11 (students must provide a photocopy of a valid student ID); Under-16s £5; Under-5s free.
Adults £24; Over-65s £19; Students and Under-18s £12 (students must provide a photocopy of a valid student ID); Under-16s £7; Under-5s free.
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