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Lloyd Sam in contention to face Fleetwood on Friday

Update from Neil Cox for iFollow

29 March 2018

Neil Cox today confirmed that new signing Lloyd Sam will be in the squad to face Fleetwood on Good Friday after his promising midweek display for the development team.

Winger Lloyd adds another attacking option as Wimbledon seek vital points in the battle to stay in League One. Defender Darius Charles will be assessed after missing the last two games with a hip injury.

"Lloyd will be in the squad," said Neil. "He has come in, got a bit of fitness, and he did really well in midweek. He's done really well in training, so we will have to wait and see how we come out tomorrow with the formation we are going to play.

"Darius has just started to train, so we will wait and see what goes on with him, but we are all raring to go. The most important thing is that the 11 get themselves focused on starting tomorrow, and we get the subs ready in case we need them."

Neil expects John Sheridan's in-form Fleetwood team to make it difficult tomorrow, but he believes the Dons head into Friday's match in good shape and with confidence high.

"The team have been fantastic this week," said Neil. "They are ready to go and today's training session was excellent. We are looking forward to Friday afternoon and hopefully getting a good result. The players have been smiling around the training ground, having a laugh and a joke. It was Lyle Taylor's birthday today and he had a big smile on his face, so we are waiting for a big performance from him tomorrow. It's going to be a good game and we need to be fully focused because they are a good side on a good run of form. We know what we have to do and we are ready for it.

"We will have to be organised. It's good to see John back in football, he is a good friend of mine and he was a fantastic footballer. John's teams like to get the ball down and play. They will try to play at a good tempo and they will be dangerous on the counter-attack. We are going to have to be on our toes, to defend really well, but we also have to try and cause problems. It's our home game and we are here to cause them problems. We've been playing quite well. Last week we deserved to get something out of the game and after seeing the goal back it was really disappointing that the referee did not give a foul."

Of course, the Dons memorably beat Fleetwood almost five years ago to stay in League 2 on the final day of 2012/13. Though tomorrow's situation is far removed from that scenario, Neil has called on Wimbledon supporters to once again play their part.

"The atmosphere around the place has been electric in the last few games," added Neil. "It has been fantastic. They have backed us, sang songs, clapped and cheered us on. That's what we need; positivity around the place. It's not an easy place to come to and if we're up for it and our fans are up for it, it's going to be a hard game for them."

Neil's full interview with Rob Cornell is now available to view via the link to our iFollow channel above.


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