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MATCH PREVIEW: AFC WIMBLEDON V SWINDON TOWN

14 October 2016

Town will be determined to bounce back in the Sky Bet League One when they make the short trip to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday (3pm Kick-Off).


The Reds were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Bolton Wanderers last weekend, despite Lawrence Vigouroux making a string of stunning stops.


AFC Wimbledon, on the other hand, produced a classy display to beat Oxford United 3-1 in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Sunday.


Town and the Dons haven’t crossed paths since January 2012 when goals from Paul Caddis and Alan Connell secured a 2-0 victory for the Robins at The County Ground.


However, the spoils were shared when the two sides last did battle at the Kingsmeadow Stadium, with Connell rescuing a point for the visitors in November 2011 after Sam Hatton had opened the scoring for the hosts.


STAT ATTACK:


Tomorrow’s encounter will only be the fourth meeting between the two sides since AFC Wimbledon rose from the ashes in 2002, with Town able to claim the sole win while there have been two draws.


FULL RECORD V AFC WIMBLEDON:


P3 W1 D2 L0 F4 A2


TICKET NEWS:


Town’s allocation of away tickets have SOLD OUT and there will be NO tickets available on the day. The Reds will be backed by over 700 fans in London tomorrow.


FORM GUIDE (LAST SIX GAMES IN ALL COMPETITIONS):


AFC WIMBLEDON –WDDWWW


TOWN –LWLDDL


TOP SCORERS:


AFC WIMBLEDON –Dominic Poleon (6)


TOWN –Jon Obika/Michael Doughty (2)


TEAM NEWS:


AFC WIMBLEDON –The Dons will hand a late fitness test to Chris Whelpdale with the winger still struggling with an ankle injury.


However, tomorrow’s game may well come too soon for the trio of Tom Beere, George Francomb and Sean Kelly.


TOWN –Conor Thomas and Brad Barry are available to feature against AFC Wimbledon after shaking off hip and hamstring concerns respectively, but Jon Obika, Michael Doughty and Lloyd Jones will continue to miss out.


Young attackers Jordan Stewart and Jordan Young are still out of action and Jamie Sendles-White is now recovering after undergoing surgery last week.


Town will also be without Raphael Rossi-Branco who is set to miss three games after being shown a straight red card against Bolton Wanderers last weekend.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS:


Neal Ardley, AFC Wimbledon Manager:“The work-rate throughout the team has been outstanding. We pride ourselves on being a hard-working team.


“I talked at the start of the season about us lacking that bit of togetherness. We do not want a blame culture here, but there was a little bit of people looking after themselves.


“I think we’ve got to the point now of players looking out for each other a bit more. We’ve got that collective attitude of ‘we win together and we lose together.’ That’s showing in our performances.”


Luke Williams, Swindon Town Head Coach:“I think AFC Wimbledon will be a high energy, direct team and they will put balls into the box and we need to be able to cope with that.


“This team has got some momentum from being promoted together, they’ve got a way of playing and they all know each other’s jobs and their own jobs.


“They had a sticky start but they are now into their flow so I’m expecting to play a very well organised team with a lot of energy and a lot of team spirit.”


OFFICIALS:


Referee –John Busby


Assistants –Anthony Da Costa and Carl Fitch-Jackson


Fourth Official –Robert Hyde


FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE:


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in the wake of the game. swindontownfc.co.ukSTFC Player HD subscribers will also be able to enjoy full uninterrupted commentary of the match, whilst there will be a full report and plenty of reaction from Head Coach Luke Williams and a number of players on


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