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Neal to select strong side for Checkatrade Trophy tie at Yeovil tonight

Dons go to Huish Park vying for a last-16 place in national competition

5 December 2017

Callum Kennedy and Paul Robinson will add experience to AFC Wimbledon's squad for the Checkatrade Trophy tie at Yeovil Town tonight (7.45 pm kick-off).

Kennedy (pictured) returned after a back injury as a late substitute in the Emirates FA Cup win against Charlton and he will get more game-time at Huish Park.

Speaking about the approach to tonight's match, Neal Ardley said: "Yeovil will have had a day extra recovery and it is going to be hard to send too many of the same players who played on Sunday. We may need one or two of them though because we are that much down to the bare bones. If we were to leave all of the players out from Sunday we would probably be two players short. We need to call on players like Robbo, Callum, Egli Kaja, Toby Sibbick and Paul Kalambayi and they need to put in a performance for us. We will also need one or two of the boys who played on Sunday to chip in as well, to try and get us into the next round of the competition.

"I think Yeovil will go strong and it is going to be really rough game. There is Wembley at the end of the competition and prize money as well. We want to win every game. We've got the league match at Bury at the end of the week and we've already discussed how we are going to go about the week. It was just about making sure we got through Sunday with limited injuries and now we can sort of plan the week again."

AFC Wimbledon last visited Huish Park during the club's promotion season, the League 2 match on 12 September 2015 ending in a 1-1 draw, thanks to a late equaliser from Bayo Akinfenwa.

Relive the best of that action with highlights from the game below.

Tonight's match is for a place in the last-16 of the national competition with Wimbledon having qualified from group F with wins against Barnet and Tottenham Hotspur Under-23s.

Wimbledon supporters can pay on the night at Yeovil with the following ticket prices:

Adults - £10

Senior/Young Person - £5

Under-16s - £2

If you are not going the game, you can listen to live WDON commentary via our iFollow channel.

Below is a reminder of player eligibility for EFL clubs in the Checkatrade Trophy this season:

• A club can play any goalkeeper in the competition;

• The revised requirement of Rule 7.3 – '4 qualifying outfield Players from 10'.

A qualifying outfield player would be:

Any player that meets the current criteria (excluding goalkeepers), includes those who:

• Have started the previous or following first team fixture.

• Are in the top 10 players at the club for starting appearances in league and domestic cup competitions for the current season.

• Have made 40 or more first team appearances in their career.

• Are on loan from either a Premier League or Category 1 academy club.


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