The view from both camps ahead of tonight's game
Neil Cox said that Wimbledon will take on one of the best teams in League One tonight with confidence high among the squad.
Our assistant manager makes an emotional return to the club he started his career with and he is a close friend of Scunthorpe manager Graham Alexander, but sentiment will go out of the window for 90 minutes at Glanford Park.
Wimbledon’s last two visits to North Lincolnshire ended with positive outcomes. In January 2014, the Dons earned a creditable draw against The Iron at a time when Scunthorpe were chasing promotion from League 2, and back in 2011 there was a memorable FA Cup victory for Terry Brown’s men at the same venue.
Lyle Taylor (pictured) will be aiming to extend his prolific recent run against one of his old clubs tonight, the striker having spent a year at Scunthorpe before joining Wimbledon.
“They have a good squad with good players and it is not going to be easy, but we will go there with a little bit of confidence behind us. We’ve played well in our last two away games. We were unlucky at Shrewsbury not to get a point and at Gillingham we thought we should have got more. Scunthorpe are up there and they need to win, but we will be going there to try and win the game.”
“Graham Alexander has come in and done a great job and he’s built a team who are trying to get promotion. I am looking forward to seeing my old mate Graham. I hope he keeps it going, but after tonight. It is always good to go back to your old club and Scunthorpe gave me the opportunity to start my career a long time ago."
“We know of their mentality, their quality and we’re going to have to be ready for it. They’ve got good players, and after we beat them down at their place they went on a tremendous run.
“They’ve done brilliant for a team just out of League Two. The spirit of AFC Wimbledon will be there for all to see. It’s never an easy game against them but we believe, if we play to our maximum for 90 minutes, we can beat anyone in this division. We have to really get our performance right and make sure we’re ready to take the game to them.”
For Wimbledon, Jon Meades (ankle) is deemed not quite ready after returning to full and Neil Cox said the management will check on the fitness of one or two players before selecting the squad.
Scunthorpe defender David Mirfin will be assessed ahead of the match after the 31-year-old’s half time withdrawal at Bristol Rovers due to illness.
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