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Robbo returns for Dons

2 February 2017

Centre-back and new signing travel to Sheffield Utd

Assistant manager Neil Cox was pleased to report centre-back Paul Robinson and new midfielder Tom Soares are both in contention for Saturday’s League One visit to Sheffield United.

“Tom will be in the squad,” said Neil, speaking during an interview to Dons Player. “He’s settled in really well. He knows a few of the boys and we’ve got a great atmosphere here. There’s a good team spirit and they’ve welcomed him in and he’ll look forward to doing his initiation song on Friday night as all the new players do!”

“Paul comes back into the squad after his sending off (against Sutton United in the FA Cup replay). He’s looked really well all week, but was obviously disappointed after his sending off. He’s got on with it though, he’s a leader, trains hard and works hard, loves coming into training each day and we’re glad to have him back in the squad.”

Welsh left-back Jon Meades (ankle) remains ruled out, for the Dons trip to Bramall Lane against second place Blades.

“Jon could be a couple of weeks away,” added Neil. “He looks like having a lot of good treatment and he’s getting there, but everybody else is back in fitness now and raring to go.”

“We’ve managed to get four to five really good sessions into them,” said Neil, as the Dons play their first game for a fortnight after the goalless draw at Chesterfield.

“We’ve also managed to give them rest and time away from the training ground and gave them time with their families because they’d had a busy period. We did work them hard, but they did have time off as well.”

“Chris Wilder has done a fantastic job for them. He’s a Sheffield boy as well, so it was a good job for him to take. They’ve done really well so far, but they've had a few problems at home. They’ve played different sorts of formations. They've played three at the back, pushed people on, they close you down, but there will be a good atmosphere at Bramall Lane – there always is.”

“It’ll be a good time to go there. We’re under no pressure, they are the favourites to win the game and are pushing for promotion so we are going to go there and set our stall out and try and win the game.”

“He has recruited well though in January and it’s going to be difficult to know what side they’ll put out until 2pm on Saturday.”

The full interview with AFC Wimbledon assistant manager Neil Cox is now available to Dons Player subscribers. An interview with fans’ favourite Tom Elliott will follow tomorrow, ahead of the match against Sheffield United.


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