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AFC Wimbledon preview

4 September 2012

Southend United kick-off their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy campaign tonight against AFC Wimbledon at Roots Hall.

Blues boss Paul Sturrock is looking to build on Saturday’s first win of the season and looks set to name a strong side to face the Dons.

Wimbledon meanwhile will be aiming to tighten their back line after conceding 13 goals in their last three matches.

Team News:

Southend goalkeeper Paul Smith could be handed his debut in place of on loan custodian Cameron Belford.

Winger Kevan Hurst is a doubt after suffering concussion on Saturday whilst Freddy Eastwood is definitely out with a calf injury.

David Martin (ankle) faces a late fitness test.

Wimbledon will hand goalkeeper Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz his debut at Roots Hall.

Luke Moore (knee), Rashid Yussuff (ankle) and Curtis Haynes-Brown (neck) are all unavailable through injury.

From the Dugout:

Paul Sturrock: “We got quite far in the competition last year and it is one that we will be taking seriously again. At the end of the road is a final at Wembley and a win will set us up nicely for another home match with Dagenham.”

Terry Brown: “There are players who need a break after the last three tough games and I can and will make changes on Tuesday.”

Form Guide:

Southend: LLLDW
Wimbledon: LWLLD

Head to Head:

Southend Wins: 2 (2 League)
Wimbledon Wins: 0
Draws: 0

Who’s in charge?

Referee: Andy Davies
Assistant Referee: Paul Kelly & Nigel Lugg
Fourth Official: Thomas Ramsey


Entrance for this match has been reduced to just £5 for adults and £2 for concessions with only the ebm-papst East Stand open for this fixure. To purchase your ticket call the Blues Box Office on 08444 77 00 77 or visit Roots Hall in person.

We have also produced a special programme that is free of charge for all supporters attending the match. The 16-page production folds out to display a poster on one side with this seasons fixtures.

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