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24 November 2018 Venue The Cherry Red Records Stadium Attendance

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Big Preview: AFC Wimbledon vs Southend United

23 November 2018

AFC Wimbledon vs Southend United...

Chris Powell’s Blues side make the short trip to Kingston upon Thames tomorrow afternoon to take on AFC Wimbledon at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Southend will be hoping to build on Tuesday night’s extra-time win in the Emirates FA Cup and they’ll be hopeful of getting a positive result against a Dons side who’ve been struggling of late.

Wimbledon have won just one of their last 10 league games and sit second from bottom in the table going into this weekend, level on points with basement side Bradford City.

And following Neal Ardley’s sacking a fortnight ago, interim boss Simon Bassey will be desperate to secure the Dons a much needed three points come Saturday evening. 

AFC Wimbledon: LWWLLL

Southend United: WLWDLL

1st January 2018: AFC Wimbledon (Trotter, Soares) 2 vs 0 Southend United

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

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

Southend will again be without centre-back Michael Turner as he serves the second of his three-game ban for a red card picked up against Blackpool last weekend.

Chris Powell will be hopeful Dru Yearwood is available having missed the Crawley tie with a hip injury, with Sam Mantom, Timothee Dieng and Luke Hyam all fit and available to slot in.

Simon Cox, who scored twice against Crawley despite being unwell, is expected to be fine for Saturday, while long-term absentees Tom Hopper, Sam Barratt and Ben Coker remain out.

AFC Wimbledon have no fresh injury concerns of their own with just the two players out of contention for Southend’s visit at the weekend.

Defender Tyler Garratt and striker James Hanson are the only absentees for Simon Bassey’s side, with the two out with a knee injury and calf injury respectively. 

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“We’ve had two very tough away games [against Sunderland and Barnsley] and they’re games that you look at to take something, if you take a point on the road then great. We’ve done a lot better away from home.

“Blackpool will always hurt because of the way it happened and we’ve got to take positives from Walsall, from Southampton, from the Crawley replay and hope that that helps us.

“We’ve got a lot of games, games coming up and we’re going to have to summon on a lot of our physical attributes and mentally we’re going to have to be strong, if not stronger than what we have been.” 

Simon Bassey, AFC Wimbledon Interim Manager:

“We have to keep them going, keep them believing. For large parts of the game [against Doncaster], the lads will speak back to me as well and say that they felt comfortable.

“That really echoed what I said at the time. I didn’t really see us getting beat until we switched off for the free-kick. We addressed the negatives, encouraged the positives, and we’ve done sessions that will hopefully make those positives a more common theme in our play.”

“We move forward in good spirits.”

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Match Report: AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Southend

24 November 2018

Blues’ troubles in the league continued as they suffered a fourth successive league defeat after losing 2-1 to struggling AFC Wimbledon at The Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Spirits had been lifted by Southend’s midweek Emirates FA Cup win and they went in front early on against the Dons when Stephen Hendrie’s cross was turned into his own net by Liam Trotter.

The creator of Blues’ goal though would end up turning the ball into his own net in first-half stoppage time, inadvertently heading Scott Wagstaff’s cross beyond Mark Oxley.

And it was another wide ball that was Southend’s undoing in the second-half as Mitch Pinnock’s cross from the right floated all the way through and into the back of the net to win it for the Dons.

Defeat leaves Blues without so much as a point in the league so far in November, with Scunthorpe the visitors to Roots Hall on Tuesday.

Chris Powell saw the midweek win against Crawley as something to build on following disappointing results in the league and the Blues boss made three change to the side with Stephen Hendrie, Dru Yearwood and Sam Mantom all coming into the starting line-up.

One of the goalscorers from Tuesday, Stephen McLaughlin, dismissed the idea that Blues would be tired after going to extra-time against Crawley and Blues looked the fresher of the two sides, creating an early chance for Theo Robinson whose shot was parried by Joe McDonnell.

The Dons had picked up just one win in their last 10 in the league and were desperate for a positive result under interim-boss Simon Bassey and they went close when Kwesi Appiah controlled a long ball forward to tee up Mitch Pinnock only for him to blaze over.

Southend though would take the lead moments later when Stephen Hendrie found space down the left wing to swing the ball into the box, seeing his cross diverted into his own net by Liam Trotter to give Blues the lead inside 10 minutes.

Blues struggled to build any momentum after taking the lead and the flow of the game was stop-start at best with Dons going closest to grabbing the second goal of the game when captain Deji Oshilaja fired over from just inside the penalty area.

But the home side would level before the break and, having gone behind to an own goal, it was an own goal from Southend that got them level. Scott Wagstaff’s deep cross put pressure on the Blues backline, resulting in Hendrie nodding the ball beyond Mark Oxley in first-half injury time. 

It was much the same in the second-half with neither side able to take control of the contest and, in an attempt to restore their lead, Chris Powell brought Harry Bunn and Shawn McCoulsky on on the hour mark to replace Dru Yearwood and Theo Robinson.

The changes though didn’t have the desired effect and with just over 20 minutes of the game remaining, Wimbledon would take the lead when Pinnock’s cross from the right deceived the Blues defence and floated all the way in beyond the despairing dive of Oxley.

Dons were on the verge of just their fourth league win of the season and they went within the width of the post away from sealing the points when Joe Pigott struck the woodwork following a goalmouth scramble.

Pigott again had another chance to wrap things up when he had a shot superbly cleared off the line by John White before his follow-up forced a reaction save from Oxley to keep Blues within one goal as time began to run out.

Pinnock’s fortuitous goal though was enough for the Dons to grab a much needed three points to ease their troubles at the foot of the table with Southend moving on to what feels like a must-win game at home to Scunthorpe on Tuesday night at Roots Hall.

AFC Wimbledon XI: McDonnell, Purrington, Oshilaja (C), Nightingale, Wagstaff, Appiah (Pigott 43’), Pinnock (Andy Barcham 90+1’), Trotter, Soares, McDonald, Wordsworth (Hartigan 90+1’). Subs Not Used: King, Watson, Thomas, Jervis

Blues XI: Oxley, Dieng, Cox, Yearwood (Bunn 61’), Mantom (C), Moore, Demetriou, Kyprianou, Robinson (McCoulsky 61’), Hendrie (McLaughlin 82’), White. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Bwomono, Hyam, Kightly

Referee: S Martin

Assistants: I Cooper & A Waters

Fourth Official: M Russell

Scorers:

AFC Wimbledon: Stephen Hendrie OG 45+1’, Mitch Pinnock 69’

Southend United: Liam Trotter OG 9’  

Yellow Cards:

AFC Wimbledon: None

Southend United: None

Attendance: 4,195 (671 Away)

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AFC Wimbledon Tickets Coming Off Sale

23 November 2018

Tickets for Blues' trip to the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Saturday 24th November will come off sale at 3pm today (Friday 23rd November)...

Tickets will not be available on the day of the game so tickets MUST be purchased in advance!

Prices for the fixture are as follows;

Seated price: John Green Stand

Adults  £24.00
Over 65’s and Student with Valid ID £15.00
Under 18’s £10.00

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.

Please note that checks will be in place on the day of the game and anybody who has purchased an age related ticket will be asked for proof when entering the ground. Failure to do so will result in the full adult ticket price being charged.

See attached a guide for purchasing AFC Wimbledon tickets for non Season Card holders.

AFC Wimbledon Travel Details

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