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AFC Wimbledon Held By Bristol Rovers

AFC Wimbledon, were held 1~1 by Bristol Rovers this afternoon at the Cherry Red Records stadium in their battle to retain their League 1 Status.

Wimbledon went into the game with 1 defeat in the last 6, but that run included 3 successive draws, which also happened to be the last 3 games.

While Bristol Rovers were on a similar run, which included 2 defeats and their last match was a draw. They have also proved to be Wimbledon’s achillies heel in years goneby.

Wimbledon Started brightly and took the lead through Joe Pigott on 22 minutes in a first half that they dominated and held on until half time.

Half Time: AFC Wimbledon 1 Bristol Rovers 0

The second half saw Wimbledon have to deal with sustained pressure from Rovers, which combined with poor decision making from the home side, which Wally Downes put down to their inexperience, saw them hanging on, which they did so until the 78th Minute.

At this point, Rovers scored a 25 yard Wonder goal from Ollie Clarke which gave home goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale no chance.

Wimbledon responded in a posistive fashion but were unable to get the vital second goal.

This result leaves the Dons unmoved in 21st posistion, but still in touch with the pack above them and probably needin 2 wins from their last 3 matches, the first of which is a tough test at League Leaders, Luton Town on Tuesday, before games against Wycombe at home and finishing off at Bradford on the last day of the season, for them to reach the magical 50 point mark, which should guarantee survival.

Either way, they are battling to stay up

AFC Wimbledon Edge Closer to Safety…

AFC Wimbledon, took a step closer to league 1 safety, when despite being held to a 1~1 draw with Accrington Stanley at the Cherry Red Records stadium this afternoon, they actually moved a place higher now occupying 4th bottom.

How did this happen?… well though the Dons were held, by a resilient Accrington Stanley side, themselves fighting for League 1 Survival, Walsall, who were directly above AFC Wimbledon and on the same number of points, were beaten 3~1 at home by Oxford United, who at the same time, guaranteed their own survival.

So AFC Wimbledon, now find themselves in a good posistion, 4th Bottom of the League, but level on points with Southend United on 43 points.

As boss Wally Downes said

We have got ourselves into a good position, which is better than it was & certainly better than when I first arrived in December, so everyone, the fans, players and staff have to stick together now, to ensure that we guarantee survival

The next match for AFC Wimbledon, promises to be a tough test, away to Karl Robinsons Oxford United next Saturday.

3 points at the Kassam stadium, could potentially see them outside the relegation zone for the first time in months and will certainly be one in the eye for the critics, who had written them off.

Scott Wagstaff, Wimbledon’s experienced midfielder, who has been in this posistion before with his previous club Gillingham and in the same league says.

The Gaffer has got the blend right, the boys organised and makes training fun, so we all believe that we can get out of this, though at this time, we have achieved nothing, we just keep on doing out best

Whatever happens, don’t bet against Wimbledon staying up.

AFC Wimbledon: Out of The Bottom 4?

This weekend, sees AFC Wimbledon, take on Accrington Stanley at the Cherry Red Records Stadium in what is a crunch match for both sides, but with more pressure on Accrington Stanley.

Stanley have endured a miserable run of late, which has seen them slump down the table to 18th Posistion with 44 Points, while AFC Wimbledon, have had a major upturn in fortunes, lifting themselves off the bottom of the table and currently sitting in 21st posistion on 42 points.

3 points at the weekend, would see AFC Wimbledon leapfrog Stanley and leave Accrington in the bottom 4, assuming that other results, involving Southend and Walsall, who are the teams directly above AFC Wimbledon, go true to form with those teams losing.

AFC Wimbledon, have a fully fit squad to choose from, with the fitness of their talisman striker James ‘Hans’ Hanson being monitered closely so that the club keep him on the pitch as opposed to the treatment table during this crucial run in.

Hansen has certainly had a terrible run with injuries since joining from Bradford last summer, as the clubs marquee signing for want of a better word, but the last couple of games he has played in since returning from his latest set back have shown Dons fans exactly what he is capable of.

It remains to be seen if the Dons are outside the bottom 4 at 4.55pm on Saturday.

AFC Wimbledon: Appoint Nick Daws

The name Nick Daws might be familiar to you. Especially if you are a fan or follower of Scunthorpe United (yes the same team who parted company with Stuart McCall yesterday).

Nick Daws has recently been appointed Head of Recruitment at AFC Wimbledon.

When these appointments are made it is usually against the back drop of the manager not knowing anything about it, or if he did, then not being very happy about it and its fair to say that it has been the cause of a few managerial departures.

However, in AFC Wimbledon’s case, it is a case of the opposite being true.

Daws’ appointment was made on the back of AFC Wimbledon trying to broaden their scouting network, following the appointment of Wally Downes back in December. Downes himself has a very good coaching CV, not to mention a wealth of experience, so AFC Wimbledon are fortunate to have him, but for a coach of his calibre, its surprising no one else had offered him a role.

With Nick Daws on board, it means that AFC Wimbledon can now seek to build a ‘profile team’ i.e. one that fits a certain type of player profile. Young fit and hungry, as opposed to the peice meal team which they strung together last year, a team which nearly back fired.

AFC Wimbledon have suffered with inconsistent form, similar to last season, but that has changed in recent weeks and many would still back them to beat the drop.

Daws’ experience will be invaluable, both behind the scenes, which is his primary focus, with establishing a scouting network, but perhaps from time to time on the coaching side, to add his experience to an already well-prepared managment team.

Nick Daws hasn’t managed a football team since leaving Scunthorpe, but his record there was a good one, given that Scunthorpe are known to lose patience with their managers pretty quickly, so for AFC Wimbledon to pick up a coach of his calibre is testament to their board’s desire to push onwards and upwards.

How much do you think Nick Daws can improve AFC Wimbledon?

League One: 11 Teams & an 8 point battle

As we near the business end of the season in the English Football League One, there are 11 teams, seperated by just 8 points.

8 points might not sound a lot given the previous relegation history of this league, but this has been no ordinary season in this league.

It has given us everything including drama, unexpected results, upturns in form, managerial changes, some good some bad and some just inspired.

From Bristol Rovers in 13th Position on 44 points, down to Bradford City, who this week took over from AFC Wimbledon as the strong men of the division, on 36 points, it could be said that none of the teams from 13th, down to 20th are considered safe, by any stretch.

Bristol Rovers, Scunthorpe , AFC Wimbledon, Rochdale and Bradford, among these teams have changed managers this term, with Bradford and Rochdale , being the latest to change, though it could be said, that in Bradford’s case, the appointment of Gary Bowyer, is their 4th Managerial change this season, with history not favoring relegated teams who change manager more than once.

Bristol Rovers and AFC Wimbledon, appointed managers who have fresh innovative ideas and this has been reflected in these two clubs upturn in form, both previous occupants of the bottom slot, Rovers now occupy 13th, with AFC Wimbledon sitting in 22nd position and just 3 points away from the teams directly above them.

In fact a win at home to Gillingham on Saturday, would potentially see the ‘Dons climb out of the bottom 4, which would represent a total turn around in fortunes.

Previous seasons have seen 50 points being the safety mark to avoid relegation, but given the unpredictable nature of results this season, and with just 8 games to go, it is quite conceivable that less than 50 points will be enough this season?

Either way, it promises to be a very exciting and potentially nerve-wracking end to an incredible season.

Who do you think will survive this season ?