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PREVIEW | AFC Wimbledon (H)

21 September 2018

Accrington Stanley host AFC Wimbledon at the Wham Stadium in League One tomorrow afternoon, kick-off 3pm, looking to record their first home win of the season.

Tomorrow will be the first meeting between Stanley and AFC Wimbledon since the 2015/16 League Two Play-Offs, when the Dons eliminated Stanley over two legs before going on to gain promotion to League One.

Stanley are winless in their five most recent meetings against Neal Ardley's side, drawing two and three, after winning six of the seven games prior to that.

The Reds have drawn each of their last four league games 1-1, the last team to draw five successive Football League games 1-1 were Wolves in January 2005.

AFC Wimbledon have won just one of their last five league outings, losing the other four. That is as many as they had lost in their previous 18 League One matches.

Six of Stanley's last seven goals have come from set-piece situations, including each of the last five.

Ticket News

Tickets are on general sale from the stadium ticket office, or supporters can purchase them over the phone by calling 01254 356950. Tickets will be available to purchase on the day.

AFC Wimbledon supporters can pay on the day at the away ticket office, situated in the blue cabin close to the away turnstiles.

Both Stanley and Wimbledon supporters are welcome to join us post-match in the Redz Bar to enjoy our live local band The Ranting Lads - performing from 5:30pm.

Entry to this event is free but you must have a valid matchday ticket to enter.

General Admission prices for the game:

  • £20 Adults
  • £15 Concessions
  • £10 12-17
  • £5 Under 12 (*U12s must be accompanied by an adult)

Team News

John Coleman's side almost has a clean bill of health, but tomorrow's fixture comes too soon for Newcastle loanee Luke Charman who has not quite recovered for a thigh injury.

"We need to take the lead, we have done well to come back and get something in seven out of those games but we can't keep falling behind as it won't always happen," said Coleman at his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

"Connor Ripley is frustrated he hasn't got a clean sheet - I think the way our defence have played deserves one and so we want one sooner rather than later.

"We can get better and we know we need to take our chances and put the ball in the back of the net."

Neal Ardley is hoping to have forwards James Hanson and Jake Jervis available after the pair returned to full training during the week after leg injuries. Midfielder Anthony Wordsworth could miss out after suffering with tonsillitis.

Ardley told AFC Wimbledon's official website: "When we work together, players and staff, we are a good team.

"We have the utmost respect for what John and his team have done. Year upon year they've produced a team capable of being at the top of the league and they thoroughly deserved their promotion.

"I am expecting it to be really tough on Saturday."

Match Officials

Referee - Ross Joyce

Assistant Referee 1 - Craig Taylor

Assistant Referee 2 - Gareth Mellor

Fourth Official - Christopher Ward

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