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Preview: Neil demands that the team show character

Former Gills players aiming to make an impression against their former club

12 September 2017

Neil Cox is expecting another tough battle against Gillingham and he says that the players must stand up and be counted tonight.

The Dons came out on top last season against Gills with a 2-0 win here, followed by a 2-2 draw at Priestfield in the reverse fixture.

It promises to be another close tussle with both sides battling for League One points after testing starts to the season.

Andy Barcham (pictured), Cody McDonald, Barry Fuller, and Deji Oshilaja are Dons players who have all played for Gillingham in the past. 

Management Comments

Neil Cox:

"We have good characters, but they need to show it on the pitch. We have some young lads who are a bit nervous, but they have show their character too. The manager put a squad together – the best we've had – and we are working hard. This is a tough league. We've played some top teams and Portsmouth at home was a tough game. This is going to be just as hard, but we have to roll our sleeves up and fight for each other, so that we can put in a good performance.

"In the last couple of games we felt that it went against us, but our boys are ready to go out and give a good performance. We just need the supporters to get behind us, like they can do at home. They can be our 12th man."

Ady Pennock:

"We need to do more than what we did (on Saturday). We know it's a tight ground, they are passionate fans, but we know what to expect. It will be a battle. We have to roll up our sleeves and fight for our football club.

"Something has got to happen soon otherwise we'll be fighting a relegation battle all season. I'm not going to hide, I'm not silly but I'm fighting and working myself hard to get it right. You need a little bit of luck but it's tough. I'm unbelievably desperate to get it right, I have so much passion for the club and I understand the frustration of the fans."

Team News

Paul Robinson was due to be assessed after suffering a head injury against Portsmouth, but Callum Kennedy is definitely out after suffering with concussion. Jimmy Abdou serves the second match of his three-match suspension. It is too soon for Tom Soares, Darius Charles and Jon Meades to make a return.

For Gillingham, Billy Bingham (concussion) is a doubt, but Gabriel Zakuani should be fine to play after coming off due to cramp on Saturday. Bradley Garmston (calf) has begun light training but it's likely to be another week to ten days before he is considered. Aaron Morris (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

Last time out

AFC Wimbledon 0-2 Portsmouth

Oxford United 3-0 Gillingham

Last meeting

Gillingham 2-2 AFC Wimbledon (21 February 2017)


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