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Preview: squad confident as Dons head for Blackpool

Neil Cox on Saturday's match at Bloomfield Road

1 September 2017

Neil Cox said there is plenty of competition for places among a squad bidding to round off an impressive week at Blackpool tomorrow.

The Dons head for Bloomfield Road with another difficult away task in prospect against a Blackpool side promoted from League 2 via the play-offs last season.

It will be a first visit to Blackpool for AFC Wimbledon since the club was reformed and the boys will be very grateful for your support in search of a first away win this season.

Quotes

Neil Cox

“Confidence is really good at the moment after two good wins. Changing formations a little bit has helped. The boys played well on Tuesday night and the manager will be looking at it and saying that places are up for grabs with players having come in and done really well.

“Blackpool won the play-offs last season and they have started the season very well. We have watched three or four of their games and they play exciting football. They try to play through midfield and get three forwards on the pitch with probably two wide. It is going to be a really difficult game. Their manager has done a fantastic job, considering what goes on at that football club. It must be difficult for him. You have to give them a lot of credit.”

Gary Bowyer

“The first 45 minutes (last league game v Oldham) was one of the best I’ve been involved in as a manager. From a coaching point of view, the way we took the game to Oldham, the football that we played and the quality of the goals was fantastic.”

“We know that it’s going to be a hell of a challenge (against the Dons). They got promoted and stayed in the league through being well organised and having some threat at the top end of the pitch, which we’re aware of.”

Team news

Tom Soares has returned to full training after shaking off a thigh injury, but Saturday’s match will come too soon for him. Darius Charles is also making progress after long-term injury, but he is not ready for a return yet.

For Blackpool, defender Peter Hartley will not be involved as he has joined Motherwell on loan.

Last time out

Blackpool 1-1 Wigan (Checkatrade Trophy, Wigan won 5-4 on pens)

Barnet 3-4 AFC Wimbledon (Checkatrade Trophy)

Tickets

Tickets will be available on the day (cash only) with Wimbledon supporters accommodated in the all-seated Mortensen North Stand.

Prices are as follows:

Adults £22

Seniors (60-plus)

Juniors (U-19) £10

Under-11s (with a paying adult/senior) free

Disabled £22 (relevant concession price applies)

TV/Radio coverage

Overseas Dons can watch a live stream on iFollow from 3.00 pm tomorrow and domestic subscribers can listen to WDON radio commentary. Visit our iFollow section for more details about how to subscribe.


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