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Fitness check on Joe for match at Doncaster

Wimbledon pursue important points at the Keepmoat Stadium

1 April 2018

Neal Ardley will assess the fitness of striker Joe Pigott before deciding on his squad to face Doncaster Rovers on Easter Monday.

The Dons head for the Keepmoat Stadium seeking vital points in the battle to stay up after Saturday's narrow defeat against Fleetwood. In the previous meeting between the two sides in August, Wimbledon triumphed 2-0, but it will be far from an easy task to complete the double over an in-form Doncaster side.

Darren Ferguson's side have been beaten just twice at home since September, picking up 25 points from a possible 39, and recent results have edged them close to safety. On Friday, Rovers earned their first away win since December with a 2-1 victory at Blackpool, thanks to a double from Tommy Rowe. John Marquis, who struck twice in Doncaster's last home game – a 2-0 win against Bradford – is their top scorer with 11 league goals.

Below are the views from both camps, plus stats, and other information ahead of the game:

Neal Ardley

"I was obviously disappointed with the result (on Friday), but I am not despondent with how we played. We were the better team. We will have a look at the best way to go about the game on Monday, we need to keep everyone fit and fresh. There are no easy games in this league. We just have to stay positive with the players, keep driving them on, and pushing them.

"Joe got a whack in training on Thursday, it was at the end of the 11 v 11 when we were finishing off our team shape. He could not shake it off. We will have to monitor how he feels for Monday's game."

Darren Ferguson

"The good thing for us is, that we go into the game on Monday with a lot of confidence, and we just have to make sure that we keep our standards up and getting the mentality right. Wimbledon have a lot of experienced players in the middle of the park, we put in a very strange performance against them down at their place and there was no energy from us in that game.

"Lyle Taylor is one of the better strikers in the league, a real handful, Harry Forrester is a good player and we all know about him, and they have good width in their side.

"We have got four games at home during the month of April, and then one in May. We want to finish the season as strongly as possible and I can't see why we can't do that. There's no point in me saying that I want to reach a specific target at the end of the season because I want to get as many points as possible, we try and compete in every game that we play."

Previous meeting

AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Doncaster Rovers (26 August 2017)

Two goals in just three second-half minutes earned a first League One victory of the season for Wimbledon. Kwesi Appiah broke the deadlock with a clinical finish, before Andy Barcham struck a fine solo goal after cutting in from the left. Relive the highlights below.

Last time out

Blackpool 1-2 Doncaster

AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Fleetwood Town

Form Guide

Doncaster WWDLWL

AFC Wimbledon LLDWLD

Tickets

Dons supporters can buy tickets from the Club Doncaster Academy reception (next to the away turnstiles). This will be open from 1.00 pm on Monday and supporters who have booked advance tickets can collect from the same place.

Ticket prices for the match at the Keepmoat Stadium are as follows: Adult £21, Over-60s £17, 18-21 years £13, Under-18s £8, Under-12s £5.

iFollow

If you're not going the game, your best way to follow all the action is via our subscription service iFollow. Domestic subscribers can listen to full WDON match commentary with Mikey T and Rob Cornell keeping you up to date with every kick from the Keepmoat Stadium. Overseas subscribers can watch a live stream of the game. Visit our designated iFollow page for more details.


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