Neil Cox said that AFC Wimbledon's team ethic has been key to improved form shown in 2018 and he has called on the players to shown that in abundance at Bury tonight.
Though Bury are currently bottom of League One, they are unbeaten in two matches with a 2-1 win at Oxford followed up by a draw at home to Blackpool. The new managerial team of Ryan Lowe, Ryan Kidd and Steven Schumacher have rejuvenated Bury with recent signing James Hanson providing a threat up front.
Of course, Wimbledon's unbeaten league run in 2018 came to an end at Rotherham on Saturday, but the Dons did play well for long spells of that match after a shaky start. Neil Cox believes that Wimbledon showed plenty of fighting spirit in that game and he wants the players to dig deep for each other once again.
"It's about the whole team; we attack together and we defend together. That's what we've been doing lately. We've been a really good team. We were a little bit disappointed with Saturday, but we have another game to come – they are coming thick and fast now – and we are ready for this one.
"The boys have dug in for each other, which I thought we did on Saturday after the first 20 minutes. They worked hard for each other and tried to create things. That's what we have to do from the first minute (tonight). It does not matter where we or Bury are in the league, the three points are what counts, and we have to try to get them."
"We had someone there at Rotherham. It's not going to be easy, we know what they're about. They've got some good physical players and they're going to come here and want to put it right. There's going to be a team standing in the way and it will be us."
For Wimbledon, captain Barry Fuller is doubtful with the calf injury that kept him out of the defeat at Rotherham. Though Will Nightingale has stepped up his recuperation, it is too soon for his return.
(All competitions, most recent result first)
Bury – DWLLLL
AFC Wimbledon - LWWDLW
Last time out
Bury 1-1 Blackpool
Rotherham 2-0 AFC Wimbledon
AFC Wimbledon 5-1 Bury (League One) on 19 November, 2016
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Played for both
Tonight's game will be particularly significant for Tom Soares, who helped Bury to promotion in 2015. View our previous article to access an interview with Tom, ahead of the game.
Dons fans can pay on the night (for cash only) via turnstiles 1-6. Prices are as follows:
Concessions (over 65, under 23, students – proof of ID required) £14
Under-5s free of charge
For those who can't attend, you can watch the game tonight at the club, via a beam-back. It's just £5 entry to watch the match in the Your Golf Travel Bar. You can also keep in touch via our premium iFollow Dons channel with match commentary from our WDON team, if you're a subscriber in this country. Overseas subscribers can watch the game on a live stream on iFollow.