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Preview: Dons seek to maintain focus at Peterborough

Quotes, team news, stats, ticket info and how to follow the action

23 February 2018

By Rob Cornell

AFC Wimbledon will be looking for a repeat performance of their last visit to the ABAX Stadium and to make it back-to-back wins at Peterborough tomorrow.

The Dons produced some of their best football last campaign as Tom Elliott nodded in to help secure the points. Although much has changed since, Neal Ardley’s men head to this game off the back of last weekend’s last-gasp 1-0 win at home to Bristol Rovers, thanks to recent signing Joe Pigott.

The Posh will be looking to end a run of three successive draws and get their hunt for a play-off place back on track.

The two sides shared the points when they met at The Cherry Red Records Stadium in front of the live TV cameras back in mid-November.

Lyle Taylor gave the Dons the lead inside the first minute, but Danny Lloyd and a Marcus Maddison penalty put Peterborough in front heading towards the break. Cody McDonald (pictured celebrating) levelled matters just before half-time and it eventually finished up all-square at 2-2.  

Quotes –

Neil Cox –

"We don't get carried away. We know we've got thirteen big games to come – thirteen cup finals. We set our stall out last week to get a result and I thought the boys did really well and carried out the game-plan.

“Once or twice recently we’ve let ourselves slip, but there’s a real focus on working hard for each other. I think we showed that at Plymouth, but I thought we got beat by some sloppy goals. I thought we showed it at home against Bristol Rovers and to score late on is always a massive positive.

“We’re expecting a tough game. They like to play open football, with three up front and one in behind and play really attacking football. We’re going to have to defend really well as a team. We also know, as a home game, they like to push players forward so there will be spaces in behind for us to play our counter-attacking football.

“It’s a good place to go with a decent atmosphere. The way they play is always a bit open, so it allows you to play a bit open. We’ve just got to be mindful of what we do there and we’ll set out stall out with the formation we want to play and work hard on stopping them. Our main objective is to go and get a result there."

Grant McCann –

“We are a positive, confident group, but we have to show that on the field against a team that will be well-organised and difficult to beat. Neal Ardley has done a great job down there and he has added good, experienced players like Liam Trotter and Cody McDonald to his squad this season.

“We should have beaten Wimbledon comfortably at their place, but we lost out to a sucker punch just before half-time.”

Team news –

Defender Alex Penny and midfielder Gwion Edwards are ruled out for Peterborough United.

AFC Wimbledon will assess the fitness of defender Darius Charles (sore hip). Fellow centre-back Will Nightingale (knee) is back in training. Albanian winger Egli Kaja will travel with the squad, having netted in a behind-closed-doors development game at Peterborough in midweek.

Last time we visited –

October 22, 2016

Sky Bet League One –

Peterborough United 0, AFC Wimbledon 1

Last meeting –

November 12, 2017

Sky Bet League One –

AFC Wimbledon 2, Peterborough United 2.

Form guide –

(All competitions, most recent result first)

Peterborough United – DDDLLL

AFC Wimbledon - WLLLLW

Last time out –

Blackpool 1, Peterborough United 1

AFC Wimbledon 1, Bristol Rovers 0

Leading scorers –

Jack Marriott (Peterborough United) – 24 goals.

Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) – 13 goals.

Tickets –

This match is not all-ticket and supporters can pay on the day.

Dons fans can pay cash at the turnstiles or pay by card/cash at the ticket office.

For those supporters who have purchased tickets in advance, you can pick them up from the collection booth opposite the main ticket office at the ABAX Stadium.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adult £26

Over-60 £21

Under-22 £17

Under-18 £8

Under-12 £6

Under-7 £1

iFollow –

If you can't make it to the ABAX Stadium tomorrow, then follow the game via iFollow. Our WDON team will be providing live commentary for domestic subscribers. For those overseas, you can watch a live stream of the game. Visit our iFollow section on the official website for more details.

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