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Will it be Fortress Plough Lane for the DONS?

The Dons will be looking to turn Plough Lane into a fortress once again with victory against the Latics.

The last time the two sides met Wimbledon edged the game 3-2 at Wigan in what was the then Interim Coach Mark Robinson’s first game in charge.

Ironically, since that game Wigan have also dispensed with their manager, and come into tonights game with Leam Richardson in temporary charge.

The Dons have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game, with regular on loan goalkeeper Sam Walker still out with an injured knee. So that will mean Wimbledon Youth Product Nik Tzanev continues between the sticks.

Tzanev will be looking to keep another clean sheet, to back up the one gained at Bristol Rovers on Saturday. He is a more than able deputy.

Dons only other injury concern is over Ethan Chislett who has a slight sprain.

It should prove an interesting game tonight, as a win will take the Dons potentially out of the drop zone depending on other results going their way, but if they play to their true potential then this is certainly possible.

Will it happen? Roll on 8.30pm and we shall see……

Will Wimbledon Gas Bristol Rovers?

AFC Wimbledon go to Bristol Rovers tomorrow looking to build on a fairly solid start under new head coach Mark Robinson.

Robinson, who has been in charge for seven games prior to this game has slowly tweaked a few things and will be looking for a repeat of the victory gained at the same ground, albeit when Rovers had a different manager a few weeks ago.

Since then, Rovers have sacked Paul Tisdale and installed Joey Barton as they themselves look to move away from the bottom end of League One.

That said Wimbledon go in to the game on the back of some better and impressive performances.

A change in formation from a disastrous 3-5-2 to a more balanced 4-2- 3-1 formation has brought some solidity to a defence that in truth should have helped the Dons to a higher place in the league. Robinson’s side currently sit second from bottom in the division.

Current form, however, shows the improvment that has and is slowly starting to take place under Robinson, with the club sitting three places higher with a minus six goal difference.

Wimbledon as alluded to are starting to look a more formidable proposition, with players such as Ollie Palmer. So, it could be that instead of a 4-2-3-1 formation, they might revert back to a more trusted and historical 4-4-2, which has been responsible for a lot of their previous years success, which includes the Original Dons days ( which this author, remembers quite clearly!!)

The game should be an interesting one, given how Barton likes his sides to set up and be organised. Hopefully unlike at Barnsley Barton will keep his fists to himself!!

The Dons have no new injury worries, apart from Ethan Chislett, who has an achilles heel injury, but they have some promising youth products who could be included in the match day squad.

Dons head coach Robinson has stated that the performances need to be 100% from the off and that his team will be attacking on the front foot as that is the only way to win football matches.

So will the Dons gas Rovers? Come 4.45 on Saturday we will find out…..

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.