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Remember The Name: Jack Rudoni

This is not a name you will be familiar with, outside of South West 19. Fans of AFC Wimbledon have, however, been drooling over the latest academy product to make an impression in the first team.

His Name?

Jack ‘Rudi’, Rudoni

An absolutely outstanding attacking midfielder, come winger at just 18- years- old, but playing with the maturity of a senior professional.

Unphased or so it seems playing in League One, Rudoni has yet to make 50 appearances for the Dons and so far has already scored two goals. But don’t be misled by these unflattering stats. This is a lad destined for great things

When things start happening for him as they surely will with the grounding Wimbledon are giving him then expect a big side to make a bid for him. If that happens, Wimbledon will find it hard to resist. Lesser talents have been sold in previous years for big amounts and gone on too have good careers

By comparison, Rudoni is different class. Though he is very young, he is the first name on the team sheet most weeks and he will be itching to start and score against Hull today

So…Remember the Name

Jack Rudoni

Wimbledon Look To Build on WIN

AFC Wimbledon, this afternoon will look to build on their good solid win against Gillingham last Tuesday, with another win at ‘Fortress Plough Lane against Hull City.

Hull, currently riding high and …scoring goals pretty freely, arrive at Plough Lane, having suffered a 1-0 defeat to Ipswich Town in midweek

They will be looking to bounce back from that and invarioubly when they have a blip, tend to come back strongly in the next match.

Currently the two teams have opposite goal differences…

Hull have a plus 21

Wimbledon have minus 20

So based on the current season long stats, you might expect it to be a one-sided affair in favour of the Tigers

However…

Since taking the reins as AFC Wimbledon head coach Mark Robinson has installed a new belief in the players, tweaking their formation to a more balanced but aggressive 4- 2- 3-1 formation, with emphasis on a high press

The players have shown over the last couple of weeks of using it that it works. The players wanted a more possession based game so that they could choose when they rest during the game, while at the same time, wearing the opposition out

The squad has yet to be selected, but certainly the team that played against Giilingham on Tuesday, would be worthy contenders to start this afternoon.

That being the case, then one name to watch out for is

Jack ‘Rudi’ Rudoni

The academy product is clearly destined for great things and scored the winner against Gillingham.

Are the Dons on the march?

Watch this space to see

EFL League One: AFC WIMBLEDON 1 gILLINGHAM 0

AFC Wimbledon finally secured a win at their new Plough Lane home last night against Gillingham.

Under the managership of their former Youth Coach Mark Robinson and with a change of formation to a more balanced 4-2-3 -1, it was Gillingham who were the latest visitors

The Gills have proved useful on the road, with their direct style, bringing back memories of the previous reincarnation of Wimbledon.

Wimbledon, made a couple of changes from the side well beaten at Peterborough last time out. Ben Heneghan returned in the centre of defence to partner Will Nightingale with Luke O’Neill dropped to the bench and Darnell Johnson, the loanee from Leicester, moving to right back.

Dons head coach Robinson had called for a solid performance from his team, placing emphasis on the players asking to play a certain way. The first half was certainly testament to that with Wimbledon playing on the front foot for much of the half but unable to gain any advantage.

Gillingham were, however, certainly frustrated and the first half ended 0-0.

At the start of the second half Gillingham made two changes to try and gain an advantage. For 15 to 20 Minutes they certainly piled on the pressure, but Wimbledon stood firm and started to get control of the game, with both their fullbacks making good steady progress down both flanks.

However, Gillingham stood firm and it wasn’t until the 89th Minute that Jack Rudoni, a product of the Clubs youth system, made the break through with a wonder strike, which was enough too win the game for Wimbledon.

It was indeed no more than Wimbledon deserved and was evident by the fact that Gillingham began arguing at every decision that went against them even after the final whistle had gone.

So Wimbledon won 1-0 and layed down a marker, for making Plough Lane a fortress. The win also lifted Wimbledon out of the relegation zone.

Will Fortress Plough Lane see off Hull City? The Tigers are next up for Robinson’s men on Saturday.

AFC Wimbledon appoint mARK rOBINSON head coach

AFC Wimbledon, yesterday moved to appoint Interim manager Mark Robinson, previously the clubs youth team coach and first team coach, under Glyn Hodges, as their new head coach.

Robinson, appointed as Interim Coach on 30th January, has been with the club since 2004, gradually moving through the ranks.

Following the club’s, ‘sleep walk’ for want of a better expression into the League One Relegation zone playing an Ill suited 3-5-2 formation. Previous incumbent Glyn Hodges, who had earlier guided the clu bto their best ever start in League One was sacked.

Mark Robinson was installed on an interim basis and immediately tweaked things. Out went the previous formation, being replaced with a more balanced 4-2-3-1 formation for a match in the Papa Johns trophy at Oxford, which AFC Wimbledon sadly lost 3-1

Players who previously were played out of position, were put in their correct posistion and the team responded well. The same formation was kept for the away match at Wigan Athletic. The Dons played on the front foot, by attacking the opposition. They roared into a two- goal lead, before being pegged back to 2-2. But thanks to a penalty by Joe Pigs Pigott, they walked away with a 3-2 win.

That was enough to take them out of the drop zone and into 19th place. This, however, tells only part of the story.

What has been noticeable under Robbo (as he is affectionately called) has been a more positive outlook from the players.

Interviews have been more upbeat and The Dons are now playing at a different level. Ideally with ‘Robbo’ in charge Wimbledon will now move up the table

The new man has been fairly forthright, but positive about what needs to change and has had input from the players about how they would like to play a more possession based game, which makes it harder for the opposition, but ultimately wins games.

Peterborough United away are up next this coming Saturday, but on the evidence seen so far it seems that now is a good time to be a Dons fan, owner and player.

Potential Candidates to Replace Glyn Hodges

AFC Wimbledon are starting their search today to find a replacement for the departed Glyn Hodges.

Given that in the past, the Dons have gone for relatively untried managers, albeit good coaches, with experience of coaching development sides or Under 23 levels

It is understood that this time, appointing a manager with proven league experience would be an advantage, one with a track record of winning promotion would be even better

So who are the potential managerial candidates to replace Gly Hodges

In no particular order:

Danny Cowley

Cowley recently left his post as Huddersfield coach, but who til that point had a very good track record with Concord Rangers, Baraintree Town and then Lincoln City, who he guided into the Football League, then subsequently got them into League One, before being lured to Huddersfield and saved them from Relegation

Ian Holloway

His last managerial post was at Grimsby, but he left there, with a takeover imminent, as he felt the new owners were not being ethical

Grimsby was his first lower league appointment for a few years, since being at Blackpool, but he brings a wealth of managerial expertise gained at Crystal Place QPR and similar locations

Neil Harris

A former manager of Wimbledons South London Rivals Millwall, with who he did a good job taking them from League One into the Championship on a shoestring budget, before being lured to Cardiff City, where sadly for him, things didn’t work out.

Joey Barton

Recently departed from Fleetwood Town, but in terms of league experience, has just 18 months at Fleetwood to show for it, but the downside is, he has a hair trigger temper, which doesn’t fit in with the family run image that AFC Wimbledon has.

Who ever Wimbledon appoint now it needs to be one with experience and a decent track record of improving the club and getting promotion.