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Team news: Paul or Dan ready to step-up for Ipswich

Rob Tuvey's update ahead of match at Plough Lane

12 April 2021

Dan Csoka will come back into Wimbledon’s squad for the home match versus Ipswich Town on Tuesday night (6.30 pm kick-off).

With Ben Heneghan suspended for one match after his red card for two bookings at Accrington, the Hungarian defender earns a recall to the squad. Fellow centre-back Paul Kalambayi (pictured) was back in the squad for the first time after a long-term ankle injury for the 5-1 win up in Lancashire, and our first-team coach Rob Tuvey said that either Paul or Dan will deputise for Ben.

“It’s a good opportunity for Dan and PK to go up against each other for the spot with Ben not available for tomorrow night. It’s good competition for them. I brought them in yesterday, just to freshen them up a little bit, so they’ve had two good sessions ahead of tomorrow night. Now it’s for Robbo to sit down and decide which one of those deserves their opportunity. They’ve both been pushing and they’ve both done really well in training, so we know that whoever comes in will be ready.

“There will be no changes in terms of the squad, apart from Dan coming into it, and a couple of youngsters who have done really well lately. They are pushing and knocking on the door. We’ve got some Under-23s games coming up, and from the match the other day Corie Andrews and others did very well, so they are pushing to be in the squad.”

With victory sealed at Accrington long before the final whistle, Wimbledon used all of their allocated five substitutes - and Rob believes that all of the squad will be needed in the battle to stay up.

“It was a nice luxury to have on Saturday, but what we’ve said in the meeting today is that we thought the finishers all did well individually, but in terms of the collective we lost our shape," said Rob. "We lost our edge a little bit when the subs were made. It’s important for everyone to make sure that they continue the great work of the starters. The starters get us in that lead, but the players that come on have to make sure they take it up another notch. That was the message we sent to the finishers. They’ve been great in previous weeks and and made an impact in most of the games and they did it again on Saturday, but it’s the squad that wins games. Bayzo says it all the time: it’s a team to start and a squad to finish, and that is so true.”

Click on the link below to listen to Rob Cornell's full interview with Rob Tuvey.

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