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Preview: Dons seek a fourth away win against old rivals

Quotes from both managers ahead of League One match on Saturday

5 October 2018

AFC Wimbledon will on Saturday be aiming for more away joy against familiar foes in South Devon.

Just a season after Wimbledon's memorable Wembley triumph in 2016 against Plymouth, Derek Adams guided the Green Army to promotion.

Plymouth edged last season's encounters, but Wimbledon have a great record at Home Park since promotion back to the Football League back in 2011 and Neal Ardley's men will be seeking to extend that tomorrow. The Dons have so far this season won away games at Fleetwood, Portsmouth (Carabao Cup), and Gillingham.

Jake Jervis (pictured in action against the Dons at Wembley) played a part in Plymouth's promotion success back in 2017 and the Wimbledon striker, on loan from Luton Town, will be aiming to make an impression against his former club. Ben Purrington is another former Argyle player, the left-back having progressed through the youth ranks into the first-team, before departing for Rotherham in January 2017.

Below are quotes from both managers and stats ahead of the game:

Neal Ardley

"Away from home we have to do our best to limit mistakes that we make, be confident in the way we play going forward, and so on and so forth. It's going to be tough, they have some good players, I don't care where they are in the league. They produced a good performance at Barnsley and they have good threats going forward.

"I know they have a lot of injuries, but there is not a lot wrong with the team they've got. They have players that can hurt you, as we know. We will try to focus on us. We will make sure we're aware of them and show them the utmost respect because they deserve it, but we will try to get back to playing the way we did in early season. It's not an overnight fix, we just have to restore confidence that results sometimes beat out of you.

"We haven't got anywhere near as many wins as we should have and we haven't got as many wins as our performances deserve. We've got to try not to feel sorry for ourselves and to try and get the swagger back, the attacking play that we had at the start of the season, but also limit the errors we have made.

"We are a team that believe we can win wherever we play. We have obviously found it more difficult at home, teams have set-up differently against us, but we feel that if we keep performing like we were in early season then the results have to follow. You can't keep being that unlucky and we've come away from that (early season form). We need to lift the spirits of the boys, try to get them back believing they can do it, and they have to then perform and do what's needed away from home."

Derek Adams:

"We've had some good games and my first game in the league competition was against Wimbledon. It was a memorable day, we won 2-0 and scored two good goals from (Gregg) Wylde and (Graham) Carey. We've come through the leagues together and he (Neal) has done a very good job. To get them where they are is probably where they are going to be, in League One, until they get further investment. It's a tough league and they've done well to get into League One, and to stabilise over the past couple of years.

"We obviously want to get the win because performances have been good. We need to turn performances into wins. We were unfortunate not to win at Barnsley and I was delighted with the way that we played. We didn't get back until 4.30 am in the morning and I'm sure that was the same for our supporters. It is a long way on a Tuesday night but we're back now, and we thank the supporters who travelled. It means we can't train in the normal way, the players have to rest and get ready for Wimbledon. We now need to start winning games."

Last time out

Barnsley 1-1 Plymouth
AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Bradford

Previous meeting

Plymouth 4-2 AFC Wimbledon (13 February 2018)

The Dons threatened to pull off a thrilling fightback after trailing 3-0 at half-time. Goals from Graham Carey, David Fox and Ryan Taylor had put Plymouth well in charge, but Lyle Taylor's second-half double reduced the deficit to 3-2. Ruben Lameiras provided breathing space for the hosts with a fourth goal and Taylor missed a chance to set-up a grandstand finale by having his spot-kick saved. Click on the link below to watch the highlights.

Form Guide (last six in all competitions)

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Tickets

Wimbledon supporters can pay on the day to get behind the Dons. Due to a redevelopment of facilities at Home Park, there will be a designated cash turnstile on the away end (Barn Park Stand). Plymouth are advising Dons supporters to use this as the ticket office is the only place that takes card payments and there could be lengthy queues pre-match.

Dons supporters who have ordered tickets in advance can pick them up from turnstile 23 at the away end. This will be for advance tickets ordered online after midday on Wednesday 3 October.

Ticket prices for the match on Saturday are as follows:

  • Adults - £21
  • Concessions (Over-65s, 18-21 years and Serving Armed Forces with valid ID) - £17
  • Under-18s - £9
  • Wheelchair Adult - £17
  • Wheelchair Concession - £13
  • Wheelchair Under-18s - £7

A family ticket is available to buy at £26 (Adult and Under-18).

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