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The big preview - AFC Wimbledon

3 January 2014

Wanderers will be hoping the weather holds off so they can get back to match action against AFC Wimbledon at Adams Park on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).


Gareth Ainsworth’s men haven’t played since Boxing Day after the Fleetwood Town (frozen pitch) and Exeter City (waterlogged pitch) fixtures were postponed.
The Blues have only lost one of their last four league outings and a win would see them leapfrog the Dons, who are without a success in seven games.

As well as both being supporter-owned clubs, the two managers – Ainsworth and Neal Ardley – spent four years together at Wimbledon between 1998 and 2002.

Gareth Ainsworth – speaking to Chairboys Player

"A home win is something I’m really anxious to get. We’ll see on Saturday how we approach it, but the boys know how important it is.

"These last couple of postponements have given us a little break, now let's start 2014 at home with a win against Wimbledon, that’s what I’ll be telling the players and I’m sure the fans will be right behind that message.
"Neal's a great friend and we went through a lot at Wimbledon. 

He’s a good guy who’s done a good job.
"I’m proud to be associated with that club, but I want to be a proud Wycombe manager and win on Saturday."

Former Dons loanee Billy Knott – speaking to Chairboys Player

"They are a great club and I’m very grateful as they took me on and got me out into the real world, but we’ve got a good set-up here and it’ll be a good game.

"They will bring a good crowd and our fans will be loud as well, so hopefully we can do our thing and get three points.
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"When clubs are in and around you it’s good to get one over on them and push away from them. A little run in this league can push you a long way up the table."

eal Ardley – speaking to BBC London 94.9
"I am trying to get us a threat going forward and working hard to get players into positions.

"We are just not doing enough at the moment and it is frustrating. We need to convert our chances and see out games. Are we a decent team? I think we are but we cannot rest on that as it is a tough league.

"I have got to boost these boys and make them go out and play on the front foot with no fear but it is hard when you are scrapping for that win you haven't had for a few games."

Team News

Steven Craig (thigh) is back in contention while Kortney Hause (groin) has an outside chance of returning.

Matt Spring (calf) is definitely out and the game will probably come too soon for Dean Morgan (hamstring).

Jon-Paul Pittman (knee) and Charles Dunne (fractured tibia) remain sidelined.

As for the visitors, striker Charlie Wyke could make his first start for the club after joining on a one-month loan deal from Championship side Middlesbrough.

The Dons will check on midfielder George Francomb (calf).
Odds


Wanderers 6/5

Draw 12/5
AFC Wimbledon 2/1
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