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Preview: Dons seek to move a step closer to securing League One status

Quotes and stats from both camps ahead of Saturday's game

20 April 2018

By Rob Cornell

The Dons will be looking to build on recent momentum when Neal Ardley's men face Oldham in their penultimate home game tomorrow.

Both sides are aiming to secure their League One status for another season and are keen to avoid matters going down to a nail-biting final day of the season. Wimbledon have the edge in the current standings with two points more than the Latics ahead of Saturday’s meeting (3 pm).

Oldham arrive at The Cherry Red Records Stadium unbeaten in five games this month, with the latest of four successive draws at Rochdale on Tuesday night, having started the month with a 2-1 victory over Blackpool.

Wimbledon picked up an impressive haul of seven points from the last three games with a draw against Scunthorpe followed up by much-needed victories over Charlton Athletic and last Saturday’s dramatic win at Walsall.

Neal Ardley –

“As a group of players, we need to go in really focused on what we are trying to achieve.

“When you play teams down there that are in and around you, they are never easy. Sometimes you are better off playing a team that is in or around the play-offs, who are expansive and open. Playing teams that are in and around you are always difficult and tense. Oldham haven’t lost for a while, they’ve been playing really well. They’ve picked up draws, but there have been things that have gone against them.

“They’re a good team and when we played them at their place earlier this season, they were the better team and deserved to beat us. They are key factors as to why this game won’t be easy. Given where we are in the table at the end of the season, there was always going to be that little bit more on it.”

Richie Wellens –

“When I spoke after the Wigan match I said this game isn’t going to decide where we’re going to be this season, the Wimbledon away match and the two home games will define where we’re going to be next season. If we get three points at Wimbledon it will put us in a better position. I’m going to get some pace into the team, away from home I want some counter attacking speed and hopefully we’ll create a lot of chances.”

Form guide (last six, most recent first))

AFC Wimbledon - WWDLLD

Oldham Athletic - DDDDWL

Previous meeting

November 21, 2017

Sky Bet League One,

Oldham Athletic 0, AFC Wimbledon 0

Last time out

Walsall 2-3 AFC Wimbledon

Rochdale 0-0 Oldham

Top scorers

Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) – 17 goals

Eoin Doyle (Oldham Athletic) – 14 goals

Tickets

If you're planning to come to the game on Saturday, we advise that you buy as soon as possible. The only tickets left are for the RyGas Stand and this game might sell out tomorrow. Visit our online ticket shop.

Match coverage

Our WDON team will be providing live commentary of the game, via our iFollow subscription channel. Overseas subscribers can watch a live stream of the match. For more information, visit our designated iFollow page.


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