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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.

Carabao Cup: Round One Draw Announced

The Carabao Cup Round One draw was made on Thursday evening from Morrisons, Colindale, North West London.

There were two stand out ties from the draw with AFC Wimbledon playing MK Dons, while newly-promoted Salford City will face Leeds United.

The draw was conducted by two former England internationals in John Barnes and Ray Parlour and was split into two regions – North and South.

Huddersfield Town, the hightest-ranked team in the Northern Section, will face Lincoln City while the highest ranked Southern side, West Bromwich Albion, will face Millwall.

Every club from Sky Bet League One and League Two enter the Carabao Cup in Round One, along with 22 Championship clubs.

Only Cardiff City and Fulham – who finished 18th and 19th respectively in the Premier League last season, will enter in Round Two, alongside the clubs from the Premier League, not in European competitions.

The first round matches are scheduled to take place week commencing Monday 12thAugust, with the final due to take place on March 1, 2020.

Full Round One Draw can be seen below:

North Draw

Tranmere Rovers v Hull City

Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City

Port Vale v Burton Albion

Nottingham Forest v Fleetwood Town

Bradford City v Preston North End

Blackpool v Macclesfield Town

Blackburn Rovers v Oldham Athletic

Mansfield Town v Morecambe

Accrington Stanley v Sunderland

Scunthorpe United v Derby County

Rochdale v Bolton Wanderers

Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City

Middlesbrough v Crewe Alexandra

Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury

Salford City v Leeds United

Barnsley v Carlisle United

South Draw

Colchester United v Swindon Town

AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons

Oxford United v Peterborough United

Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City

Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient

Wycombe Wanderers v Reading

Charlton Athletic v Forest Green Rovers

Gillingham v Newport County

Stevenage v Southend United

Luton Town v Ipswich Town

Walsall v Crawley Town

Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham Town

Brentford v Cambridge United

Coventry City v Exeter City

Swansea City v Northampton Town

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 ?

A league two manager, The man to save the Gills?

Gillingham have endured a torrid start to the season in League One as they sit in 23rd place having gained just seven points from eleven games. Gillingham parted ways with former manager Ady Pennock on the 25th September and it seems that they have found their next manager.

 

Mansfield Town have confirmed on their official Twitter that they have rejected an approach from Gillingham for their manager Steve Evans.

 

Evans has has a great spell at Mansfield turning them into promotion candidates in less than a year with the club. If Gillingham manage to lure Evans then they will be gaining a manager who has vast experience including stints Leeds and Rotherham in the Championship.

 

For me Evans would be a great appointment for The Gills as he is a man that know the league well and can adapt under pressure. Should he sign January will be massive for the club and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gillingham challenging for Promotion as we are only eleven games in.

 

For Mansfield they are obviously reluctant to let Evans go and so they should be as they’re in a great position at the moment and their season could be disrupted should he go. If Mansfield can’t find a replacement then I can’t see Evans leaving the club.

 

Would Evans be a good fit for Gillingham? Let us know in the comments section below…