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17 August 2019 Venue The Cherry Red Records Stadium Attendance

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Preview: AFC Wimbledon (A)

All the important information ahead of Stanley's clash with AFC Wimbledon

16 August 2019

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman takes his side to London to face AFC Wimbledon in search of their first win of the season at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on Saturday 17th August, 3pm kick-off.

Stanley's season has so far consisted of a 2-0 league defeat away to Lincoln City and a 3-1 Carabao Cup loss at home to Sunderland on Tuesday.

The Dons, who are managed by Wally Downes, come into the game on the back of three successive defeats, including a Carabao Cup defeat to Milton Keynes Dons on Tuesday.

Downes, a former Wimbledon player, has been in charge of the club since 2018, having previously managed Brentford.

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The two league defeats to Rotherham United and Fleetwood Town see The Dons currently sit 18th in the Sky Bet League One table, just one place above Stanley.

The corresponding fixture saw the two sides draw 1-1 in April earlier this year, with Stanley winning the reverse fixture 2-1 in September 2018.

AFC Wimbledon Line-up Against Milton Keynes Dons (4-1-3-2)

GK: Nik Tzanev
RB: Luke O'Neill
CB: Paul Kalambayi
CB: Terell Thomas
LB: Nesta Guinness-Walker
CDM: Anthony Hartigan
RM: Dylan Connolly
CM: Scott Wagstaff
LM: Callum Reilly
ST: Kwesi Appiah
ST: Joe Pigott

Key Players

Scott Wagstaff - Wagstaff began his career with Charlton Athletic and he made 137 appearances for the club between 2008 and 2013. A move to Bristol City followed, before he joined Gillingham in 2016, where he made 66 appearances and scored 4 goals. The 29-year-old joined AFC Wimbledon in 2018 and he has made 42 appearances to date for The Dons.

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Kwesi Appiah - Appiah returned to AFC Wimbledon on a permanent basis in 2017, following a loan spell at the club three years earlier. The 29-year-old has scored 14 goals and provided 6 assists in 58 games for The Dons. The former Cambridge United striker has made seven appearances for the Ghanaian national team, scoring two goals.

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Joe Pigott - Pigott began his footballing career with Charlton Athletic and went out on multiple different loan spells, before joining Cambridge United in 2016. A move to Maidstone United followed before joining AFC Wimbledon in 2018. The 25-year-old has scored 24 goals in 68 games for The Dons.

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Team News - AFC Wimbledon

The Dons will be without captain William Nightingale and Anthony Wordsworth who are both out with slight injuries.

Team News - Stanley

Stanley's Ben Barclay faces a late injury check following Tuesday's defeat to Sunderland, with striker Offrande Zanzala set to miss out with a slight injury.

Tickets

Tickets for the match at The Cherry Red Records Stadium are still on sale, and will be available from the club shop until 4pm this afternoon.

Kit

Stanley will be wearing their home kit for Saturday's Sky Bet League One game at The Cherry Red Records Stadium, CLICK HERE to buy yours!

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Match Reports

AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Stanley

Colby Bishop's second goal in as many games earns first point of the season

17 August 2019

A second half header from Colby Bishop earned Accrington Stanley their first point of the season as John Coleman's side drew 1-1 with AFC Wimbledon at The Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Both teams started the game well with the first chance of the game coming on four minutes as Sean McConville floated an excellent ball over the top towards Jordan Clark, but it was too much of a stretch for the latter and he couldn't bring it down.

Striker Courtney Baker-Richardson and Clark then linked up well together with the winger crossing for Bishop, but goalkeeper Trott collected the ball comfortably.

It was then the turn of Callum Johnson to whip in a teasing cross as he did superbly to get to the byline before pulling it back for Bishop, but the striker just couldn't reach the ball as it travelled across the box.

The hosts broke quickly through Scott Wagstaff and Michael Folivi but the attack came to nothing and Stanley were able to clear the ball.

McConville then floated a corner into the box towards Bishop, who's header was tipped behind excellently by Trott.

The game's first goal came on 42 minutes as Luke O'Neill's cross was put into his own goal by defender Ross Sykes.

After the break the hosts came out the brighter of the two sides, as Folivi turned well in the penalty area before Wagstaff's shot was deflected behind for a corner kick.

In what should have been a memorable day for debutant Zaine Francis-Angol, it all went downhill just after the hour mark, as he was shown a second yellow card in six minutes for two late challenges.

However, three minutes later Stanley had the equaliser as Baker-Richardson crossed superbly for Bishop who knocked the ball past Trott to grab his second goal in as mant games, after netting in the 3-1 defeat to Sunderland on Tuesday.

Another debutant was striker Dion Charles who replaced Baker-Richardson on 75 minutes, and he could have had a debut goal in injury time, but Trott stopped his shot comfortably.

Next up for Coleman's side is a home game against Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday 20th August, 7.45pm kick-off.

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