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Big Preview: AFC Wimbledon vs Southend United

31 December 2017

AFC Wimbledon vs Southend United

Southend United start the New Year with a trip to The Cherry Red Records Stadium as they take on AFC Wimbledon later this afternoon.

Blues will be happy to see the back of 2017 having picked up just two league wins from six in December, but now three of their next four matches are against teams inside the relegation zone.

That is exactly where The Dons find themselves as they sit four points from safety, albeit with a game in hand, seven points behind Southend who currently lay in 13th.

And with Wimbledon’s huge Emirates FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on the horizon, Blues may see this as the ideal time to be facing Neal Ardley’s side. 

AFC Wimbledon: DLWLLW

Southend United: LWLLLL

26th September 2017: Southend United (Demetriou) 1 vs 0 AFC Wimbledon

25th March 2017: AFC Wimbledon 0 vs 2 (Ranger, Cox) Southend United

26th December 2016: Southend United (Cox 2, Atkinson) 3 vs 0 AFC Wimbledon

Southend are waiting on news regarding Anton Ferdinand’s knee injury which forced him off early during Saturday’s defeat to Shrewsbury Town.

The skipper is unlikely to have recovered in time to face The Dons, whilst Josh Wright will also miss out after he pulled up with hamstring strain moments before being substituted on Saturday.

John White is likely to come in for the Blues skipper although Phil Brown also has Harry Kyprianou available, with Jermaine McGlashan possibly filling in on the wing for the injured Wright.

AFC Wimbledon may throw Harry Forrester in from the start this afternoon after the midfielder returned from suspension and injury to score Dons’ equaliser against Gillingham.

Cody McDonald is carrying a metatarsal injury but continues to be available whilst Kwesi Appiah, George Long and Barry Fuller are all expected to be out. 

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Match Reports

Match Report: AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Southend

1 January 2018

Southend United’s 2018 began in disappointing fashion as they fell to a 2-0 defeat to AFC Wimbledon at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

The home side took the lead just before the half-hour mark when a short free-kick was headed towards goal by Lyle Taylor with Liam Trotter following up to score from the rebound.

Southend then found themselves two down early in the second half when Deji Oshilaja headed towards goal with Tom Soares getting the vital touch to bundle the ball over the line.

Blues failed to really trouble the Dons after going two behind with Simon Cox’s free-header midway through the second half the best Southend could muster.

But the damage had already been done as far as Phil Brown’s side were concerned as Southend’s poor form continued with their sixth defeat in their last seven outings.

The win also meant it was the first time the Dons had beaten Southend at home since their reformation in 2002 to make for a miserable start to 2018 for Blues.  

It was far from the start to the New Year that Phil Brown was looking for after a difficult festive period which included a 2-1 defeat to Shrewsbury on Saturday.

With both sides facing their fourth game in 10 days, it was no surprise that both Phil Brown and Neal Ardley rotated their teams from Saturday with both managers making five changes.

The surprise team news from Blues was the return of Michael Kightly from injury whilst Harry Kyprianou and John White were paired at centre-half for the visitors.

Marc-Antoine Fortune was another one of those five to come in and he sprang free down the left for Southend’s first chance on goal, only for his cross-come-shot to be gathered by George Long.

The Dons created the best of the early exchanges and came close when Lyle Taylor’s corner fell for Liam Trotter. His first-time effort was well blocked with Jimmy Abdou flashing the rebound wide.

Mark Oxley was then forced into evasive action when a misplaced pass led to a Dons counter-attack, leading to Taylor bearing down on goal before his strike was tipped over by the Blues number one.

Dru Yearwood forced a decent save from Long in the Dons goal with a long-range effort but overall Southend struggled to create much in the way of clear-cut chances in the first-half.

That half-chance from Yearwood was a mere respite for Blues as before the half-hour mark the home side went in front as Trotter opened his account for 2018 with the game’s first goal.

A clipped ball into the penalty area was headed towards goal by Taylor, but his effort was blocked straight into the path of Trotter who’d ghosted in unmarked to bundle the ball home.

Trotter’s strike was Dons’ first goal against Southend since 2014 having not scored against Blues in any of their last four meetings and it should have been followed by a second goal before the break.

Taylor had managed to get to the byline before teeing the ball back for the on-rushing Harry Forrester who was unmarked only for him to drag his shot well wide of Oxley’s near post.

The home side though didn’t have to wait much longer to double their advantage as within three minutes of the restart Wimbledon went 2-0 ahead with Tom Soares getting the decisive touch.

Taylor’s free-kick from wide on the left was sent towards goal by a Deji Oshilaja looping header with Soares flicking the ball on as the linesman adjudged his flick to have crossed the line.

Phil Brown responded to going two behind by bringing on Stephen McLaughlin and Nile Ranger and it was immediately followed by a spell of sustained Blues pressure.

Yearwood went for another spectacular effort with a bicycle kick that flew off target before Simon Cox had Blues’ best chance of the game with a free-header which went over.

Southend’s afternoon was summed up late on when good work between Anthony Wordsworth and Ranger put Jermaine McGlashan in, but his shot across goal comfortably missed the far post.

Despite the win, Wimbledon remain inside the relegation zone with Southend dropping down to 17th in the table and just four points above their victors.

AFC Wimbledon XI: Long, Oshilaja, Nightingale, Francomb (C), Abdou, Forrester (Barcham 79’), Trotter, Soares, Kaja, Kennedy, Taylor (McDonald 88’). Subs Not Used: McDonnell, Robinson, Hartigan, Egan, Charles

Blues XI: Oxley, Coker, Wordsworth, Kightly (McLaughlin 56’), Fortune, Cox (Ranger 56’), Yearwood (McGlashan 65’), Leonard (C), Demetriou, Kyprianou, White. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Ba, Bwomono, Phillips

Referee: J Busby

Assistants: G Kane & S Lewis

Fourth Official: I Fissenden


AFC Wimbledon: Liam Trotter 27’, Tom Soares 48’

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

AFC Wimbledon: None

Southend United: None

Attendance: 4,392

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Ticket News

AFC Wimbledon tickets off sale today at 2pm

29 December 2017

Tickets are now on general sale for Blues' game away at AFC Wimbledon on New Year's Day.

We have been allocated 700 standing tickets for the game on Monday 1st January 2018 (3pm KO).

Tickets are available online from the Ticket Office on 08444 770077 or in person. The restriction on the number of tickets bought per person for standing tickets is now lifted.

Tickets will come off sale from the Blues Box Office at 2pm on Friday 29th December.

There is no price increase when purchasing on the day and it is cash only at the turnstiles. 

Prices are as follows;

Terrace tickets - RyGas Terrrace

Adults £17.00

Over 65’s and students with valid ID £11.00

Under 18’s £4.00

(Disabled fans pay the age related price with a free of charge carer if required).

It is important that you ensure you have the Blues ID numbers of all those attending when purchasing tickets, this can be found at the bottom of your season card.

For AFC Wimbledon travel information click here.

Want to watch the AFC Wimbledon game in style? 

AFC Wimbledon are offering Blues fans hospitality for the game!

For information on hospitality bookings click here.

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