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Neal expects close battle

10 March 2017

Preview of the match against Northampton

Neal Ardley said that the squad head into tomorrow’s match against Northampton Town in good spirits after an impressive sequence of results, but he is expecting a tough challenge from the visitors.

place, but with the likes of former Dons loanee Michael Smith in opposition, Neal is fully aware of the threat they will pose.thWimbledon’s recent improvement means that there is a four-point gap down to Northampton in 16


Neal Ardley:

“It has been great (morale in the squad). We knew we had a tough week to come through and we did it well. There is always that element after a week like that when you can get a few niggles. The early part of the week just involved assessing who could be part of training. You look at who needs a couple of days to get their bodies right and then we have worked really hard for the rest of the week. We will try and be as prepared as we can again because we have another three games in a week. They are three tough ones and three big ones.

“It is just a case of having a look at the best way to attack all these games, making sure we have the right personnel and formations for the right games. I know Northampton have had a bit of an up and down time with their performances, but they had a good win at Charlton last week. They have two of the better forwards in the league with Michael Smith and Marc Richards. They have a lot of good qualities; John-Joe O-Toole scores goals every season, Matt Taylor has quality that goes well above this league, and so on.

 “We have to perform to a high level and take our chances when they come. You have to do both boxes well, Justin Edinburgh is experienced enough to know that. I think that the team who does both boxes well will probably win the game.”

Justin Edinburgh:

We’ve had some good performances away from home but we haven’t had the points tally to go with it. We have got to try and put that right and Saturday gives us that opportunity. Wimbledon have had some great results this season, there is a good balance in their team and I’m expecting a real engaging battle for our team and certainly the back four.

“We know how quickly things can change if we don’t perform at the level we’ve reached in my time here. Our focus didn’t change after the defeat against Oldham and what Saturday did was tick another win off. We didn’t create as many chances against Charlton as in our previous three games but we got the three points and that’s what matters.”

Team news

Neal Ardley said he will check on the fitness of Jon Meades with his return after an ankle injury having to be carefully managed. For Northampton, striker Alex Revell is likely to be still missing, despite making progress after a calf injury.

Form guide (last six, starting with most recent)

Wimbledon DWWDLD

Northampton WLLDWW

Last time out

Bolton Wanderers 1-1 AFC Wimbledon

Northampton Town 2-1 Charlton Athletic

Last meeting

Northampton Town 0-0 AFC Wimbledon


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