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PREVIEW: Dons target more away day joy at Oldham

Views from both camps ahead of tonight's game

21 November 2017

Neil Cox is expecting a tough match tonight against an in-form Oldham side, but he said that the Dons will go there with confidence high after an impressive win at Bristol Rovers.

Both sides go into this match on the back of victories and just two points separate the teams in the League One table.

Last season, it was honours even with both games ending in 0-0 draws, but Wimbledon and Oldham struck three goals-a-piece on Saturday. Tonight's hosts beat Rochdale at home 3-1, with the Dons winning by the same score-line at the Memorial Stadium. 

Quotes

Neil Cox:

"Oldham are scoring goals at the moment. They are playing a 4-4-2, pushing men forward, and their right-back scored at the weekend. Richie Wellens has got a good footballing side. He had changed things around straight away, sometimes when a new manager comes in it only works for a couple of games, but he is doing a great job. It is going to be a hard game for us.

"We went away to Bristol on Saturday and got three points and we are looking forward to going to Oldham now. With the players we've got available, we are raring to go, and we will go and see if we can get another three points on the road. For the last seven or eight weeks the boys have been coming in raring to go. One or two matches went against us, but the players kept on coming in positive and buzzing. We knew that a couple of good results would change it for us and it has changed at the moment."

Richie Wellens

"Wimbledon had a great result away at Bristol and scored three great goals, they've got a bit of pace in the team and good attacking players. If you look at the team sheet they're not a bottom of League One side, they've got some good players who have played at a higher level.

"I think sometimes when you have a bad start to the season it can affect your confidence and it takes a little bit of time to get going, similar to ourselves, Wimbledon have had a bad start but they are starting to pick up now. I'd like to think that the players have given the fans something to shout about.

"You get to about 75 minutes and you have a little lull in the game, Rochdale dug in and you're wondering if the game is going to turn against us. The fans took it upon themselves to raise the intensity of the game and the atmosphere around the ground and then we go on to win 3-1. They have massive part to play."

Team news

George Francomb returns to the squad after suspension, but Callum Kennedy and Egli Kaja are still ruled out through injury, and tonight's match will come too soon for Will Nightingale's return. Harry Forrester has recovered after coming off towards the end of Saturday's game with cramp.

For Oldham, Dan Gardner will sit it out due to a one-match suspension. Ryan McLaughlin (hamstring) and Gyamfi Kyeremeh (groin) remain sidelined for the Latics.

Form (last six in all competitions)

Wimbledon WDWLLL

Oldham WWLLWD

Last meeting

AFC Wimbledon 0-0 Oldham (30 April 2017)

Tickets

Dons supporters can pay on the night at Oldham FC. See our previous announcement for more details. For those not planning to travel, you can watch the game on TV at the club tonight (just £5 entry fee).

Live coverage

iFollow subscribers can listen to WDON commentary from Oldham and overseas subscribers can watch a live stream of the game. Visit our iFollow section on the official website for more details.


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