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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.

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.

AFC Wimbledon sack GLYN HODGES

Following on from the disastrous home defeat at the hands of bitter rivals, Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday, AFC Wimbledon decided to part company with Manager Glyn Hodges and his Assistant Nick Daws.

The home defeat to MK Dons was the straw that broke the camels back. It extended Wimbledon’s winless run to five matches

In that time, they have found scoring goals hard to come by and have leaked them pretty easily too.

In his previous media comments, Hodges had said that the boys were giving everything they had, but that the results were down to fine margins in both boxes.

Now that could be said to be true, but in some fans eyes, the manner of performance, has been what has hurt most.

Moving into a new stadium in November, its was supposed to to be the catalyst that move the clubs season forward.

Instead it has proved to be a millstone round the neck, with some poor performances.

It all came to a head, however, on Saturday, with the 2-0 home defeat.

In the interim period, while a new manger is found First Team Coach Mark Robinson has been placed in charge for the away trip to Oxford on Tuesday in the Papa Johns Trophy.