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Preview: Neal and Neil face former club with silverware up for grabs

News, views and stats ahead of the visit from Premier League side Watford

14 July 2017

By Rob Cornell

Manager Neal Ardley and his assistant Neil Cox face one of their former clubs tomorrow, when Premier League Watford visit the Cherry Red Records Stadium for the Football Manager Cup.

The pair, pictured in their Watford days, enjoyed memorable spells at the Vicarage Road club. Neil Cox has been talking about his time with the Hornets in the build-up to the game in an interview which can be seen below, via a link to our official club YouTube channel.

QUOTES

Neil Cox - "Personally, for ourselves, we've been working on a lot of different things about with and without the ball. It'll be really about getting through the minutes, staying fit and not picking up any injuries.

"The things we've been working on the training ground will help and gives a chance to play some shapes and patterns we've been working on, some interchange with the football and we'll see how we get on against a good Premier League side with a new manager in charge (head coach Marco Silva)."

To hear more from Neil Cox ahead of the game click on the link below, via our official club YouTube channel.

Kwesi Appiah – "Watford will be a good test for us to see where we are at in pre-season and we'll try and build on that performance from there."

Callum Kennedy – "You always want to test yourself against the best you can. Going into Saturday against Watford will be a good test for us and to get some minutes under our belts and start putting some things in place that we can take into the season, so it will be exciting. It'll be good to see the supporters – if they're happy about seeing me back?! It'll be good to see some familiar faces. It feels like home."

TEAM NEWS

Two players who won't be involved for AFC Wimbledon - left-back Jon Meades and midfielder Tom Soares as they remain on the injury list.

Watford completed the signing of midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah from Chelsea last night.

LAST MEETING

July 11, 2015

Football Manager Cup

AFC Wimbledon 2, Watford 2.

LAST SEASON

Premier League – Watford – 17th

League One - AFC Wimbledon - 15th

NEW SIGNINGS

Goalkeeper George Long is on a season-loan from Sheffield United, centre-back Deji Oshilaja and left-back Callum Kennedy have returned to the club as has striker Kwesi Appiah - who started training with the Dons again on Monday. Striker Cody McDonald switched from League One rivals Gillingham.

Watford have also been busy in the market during the break. Former Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley made a permanent switch from Everton and more recently talented England under-21 Will Hughes joined from Derby County.

Keeper Daniel Bachmann has arrived from Stoke City, while right-back Kiko Femenia has moved from Spanish club Alaves.

TICKETS

You can buy on the day. Tickets are available to buy in advance from our online ticket shop for both AFC Wimbledon and Watford supporters up until 11am on Saturday morning.


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