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Team News: Dons v Bristol City tonight

Wally Downes on Wimbledon's second pre-season match

9 July 2019

Wally Downes said that Anthony Wordsworth and Dylan Connolly are both set to get game-time tonight after shaking off injury knocks.

Anthony (pictured) and Dylan missed the friendly against Brentford on Friday night, but they are ready to be pitched in tonight (7.45 pm kick-off).

“They are both okay now,” said Wally. “Caution was the byword for last week and we didn’t want them to do anything that would halt their progress. They’ve caught up on the training sessions that they missed and the 60 minutes of game-time that they missed, so they are ready to go again.”

Dons supporters are likely to get a first glimpse of new signing Luke O’Neill too with the right-back poised to play for 30 minutes.

On the other flank, Nesta Guinness-Walker is aiming to build upon his encouraging start to life at AFC Wimbledon. The left-back made a favourable impression on Dons supporters against Brentford and he’s determined to prove his worth at his new club.

“It’s very important to me that I prove to the manager and everyone at the club that they’ve made the right decision,” said Nesta. “They gave me the opportunity to come in here. I’ve had good experience at first-team level, but I know that I’ve got to make the step-up and prove that I can do it at this level.

“I was lucky enough to have a week here last season so when I started pre-season it felt like I was joining my old team again. I didn’t feel like a new player. All the boys have gelled together well.”

Our manager is expecting another tough pre-season test tonight with Bristol City having been pushing for the Championship play-offs in recent seasons, thanks to Lee Johnson’s astute management.

“It’s about all our players getting equal amount of minutes so that they are all at a level of fitness that we can work from,” added Wally. “The players that played for just 30 minutes the other day will probably get a longer stint and vice-versa. We are happy with the way that went from a fitness point of view and with no injuries. It will pretty much be the same thing as it was against Brentford. Bristol City finished ahead of Brentford last season so we know that it will be a good test. Lee has had them close a couple of times and they’ve just fallen away from the play-offs, but they will certainly be pushing for it next season and they will be strong.”

Tickets are available on the gate for tonight’s match with the following details:

Unallocated seating in Paul Strank Stand               

Adult - £15

Concession - £10

U18s - £4

Chemflow Terrace

Adult - £10

Concession - £5

U18s - £2


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