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AFC Wimbledon 2 Stevenage 2 (4-3 pens) – A Match Report

I’m going to do the match report a little differently today, which will probably end up with it being longer than recent efforts… all in the name of experimentation… I’m finding the O/S report is far in advance of anything I have the time to put together, so I’ve decided to look for a new angle (match reports won’t always be like this from now on by the way, just trying something different…). So from front to back, our entire line up, plus subs and a quick word on the opposition…

JACK TURNER – I was delighted Jack was getting a start, but his night didn’t exactly begin as we would have hoped… He probably knew he didn’t need to come for the ball that lead to the first goal as soon as he moved, and ended up caught out of position. Still, you would expect to get away with it 99% of the time with your defender favourite to pick up the pieces, extremely hard luck that it ended up cannoning of the forward and dribbling in.

His head could have gone down after this, and if he was the sort of talented keeper many clubs tend to produce who go on to do nothing in the game it probably would. Instead he showed an admirable amount of mental strength to keep not only his concentration, but the Dons in the tie with a number of excellent saves in the first half.

Beyond his impressive (although sometimes a little over eager) distribution, he barely touched the ball in the second half, and could consider himself a little unfortunate to find himself picking Roberts sweet strike out of the net in stoppage time. Still, it gave him the opportunity to be the hero in the shootout, with a couple of great stops. One of the benefits of our involvement in the JPT is extra game time for Jack.

I hope he is an automatic pick for our next JPT game, and fingers crossed later stages of the competition – he deserves it, it can’t be fun and must be extremely frustrating not getting to go out on loan, but he seems to be pretty grounded about it, accepting Seb is the number one for now… Experience such as last night will hopefully ensure if anything happens to Seb in the short to medium term he can step in for him, and he will hopefully develop into his ultimate replacement should our number one go on to bigger and better things.

SAM HATTON – You would expect on occasions such as this your more experienced players would hold things together early on while the squad players feel their way into the game, but the reverse was true as Sam uncharacteristically gifted possession away on two or three occasions during the first half, but as the Dons turned on the gas in the second Hatton was back to his best – solid defensively, and driving forward to assist Jackson down the right.

He dispatched his penalties in an ice cool manner (despite some rather obvious attempts at delaying from the Stevenage keeper Julian for the first), and as Midson was on the field when the first was given, the question must be asked… is he our new penalty taker, or was this just to get him off the mark? If it’s the former, we probably couldn’t ask for a more reliable taker.

CHRIS BUSH – You get the impression Bush was going to play anyway, but his appearance held added importance as it looks like he’ll be filling in for Gwillim for a little while yet. Like Hatton very solid defensively, unlike Hatton he has a bit of pace about him when he gets forward, even if the final ball isn’t always there just yet. A run of starts is just what he needs at the moment, and who knows, if it goes well he might not just be filling in for Gwillim after all…

SAMMY MOORE – A forty-five minute cameo from Mr Consistency Moore, who held things together in midfield, wasn’t afraid to put in a few crunching challenges, and was generally neat in everything he did. His half time withdrawal was more than likely preplanned, and testament to the amount of work he’s put in that he was given a rest.

BRETT JOHNSON – Extremely unfortunate that his attempts at intervention lead to the opening goal, Johnson dealt with a very direct opposition very well. Dominant in the air, calm and in control with ball at feet, a return to form will be very welcome should Brown elect not to extend McNaughton’s loan spell.

CALLUM MCNAUGHTON – Very much a player in the mould Terry Brown is looking for, McNaughton put in the sort of performance that makes you wish we could hold onto him for a little longer, at least until Mitchel-King resumes fitness (cue the more cynical readers out there assuming I’m calling for him to stay all season…). Another that made way at half time but was this for fitness reasons or an experiment to see how our next player fared at centre half?…

LEE MINSHULL – A game of two halves for Lee, equalled an impressive performance all round. Solid in midfield and always looking to drive forward, looking more and more comfortable both in possession and distributing the ball. While his immediate future probably lies in midfield after recent stellar performances, it was great to see him step back into the defensive line and perform as well, if not better than during the first half. Plus the cherry on the cake… the guy can take a penalty! Probably way down the pecking order for League games, but progress in this tournament could come down to more shootouts, so nice to see he’s another we can rely on.

RAHID YUSSUFF – Sometimes Toks puts in a performance thats so tidy, amid his neat link play you barely notice he’s there. Last night I can’t remember him giving the ball away, and his night should be remembered for his neat finish for what should have been the winner rather than his Kaid Mohamed impression in the shoot out.

JACK MIDSON – Worked hard once more holding together an untried forward line, exemplified by teeing up Yussuff for the second. While some of our squad looked a little rusty to begin with, Midson started the season strongly and has kept his performance level high ever since.

JAMES MULLEY – Another player badly in need of ninety minutes, and Mulley didn’t disappoint with a performance that suggests there is plenty more to come from him. Playing the link role that Luke Moore has filled recently, Mulley looked especially impressive in the second half, holding the ball with ease and looking strong against a tiring opposition.

RYAN JACKSON – Perhaps the player who had the most question marks hanging over him prior to kick off, Jackson only had an erratic cameo at Aldershot under his belt so far this season. The Dons game plan in the first half involved hitting big cross field passes over the Stevenage left backs head for Ryan to run onto, with varying degrees of success. Still, fairly stop-start until the second half, when he started combining with Hatton down the right flank, and running at defenders with the ball at his feet.

His persistence won the penalty that tied the scores early in the second half, and was one of a few players guilty of missing decent chances to wrap up the tie in the second period… the only issue being rather than his well saved drive he would probably have been better off cutting back for Ademeno in a better position. Still, hindsight is a wonderful tool, and one Dons fans put into use approximately one minute later when the ball found its way into our own net…

MAX PORTER – On at half time, his introduction changed the game. An energetic performance saw him popping up all over the field winning possession, the difference between struggling to find a foothold in the first half and dominating the second. After a shaky start, Porter is starting to find his feet back in League Two at a time when pretty much all the Dons midfield are in form, unfortunate, but his time will come.

RICKY WELLARD – Again, just what the Dons needed in the second half, providing an outlet and moving the ball on sensibly. Another Wimbledon midfielder probably unfortunate not to be commanding a starting spot in the League at the moment, but what a great problem to have.

CHARLIE ADEMENO – For a smaller player, Ademeno constantly amazes me with his ability to hold the ball up. Frequently got the better of a much taller defender purely down to his ability to get himself between him and a dropping ball… and once in possession Stevenage found it difficult to get the ball off him. The guy is an absolute bull, just pure muscle, and it was great to see him get some game time. Obviously his injury history makes you wonder whether we’ll ever see the best of him, but if he even gets close we’ll have some player on our hands.

OVERALL – Decent first half showing perhaps lacking in the final third, the Dons turned things around in the second, giving a strong Stevenage side the run around. Missed chances meant the scoreline could, and probably should, have been convincing at the end, but holding a single goal lead is always dangerous no matter how dominant you’ve been. Having said that, no harm done, the victory was ultimately earned thanks to some cool penalties.

Stevenage didn’t disappoint, very well organised to start with, but this being lower league football they lost a little shape as the game went on and the Dons were able to exploit that. They obviously set out to unsettle the Dons by putting in a few questionable challenges early on, and when the referee somehow failed to show any cards just continued in the same vein.

As for our progression in the JPT, well we won through with an experimental side, but as to how seriously we’ll be taking the area quarter-final, it depends on the draw and the injury situation at the time. Progression in this tournament seems to hang on that element of luck, yet regardless of selection if we perform like we did last night we’ll have a chance of doing quite well…

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Stevenage JPT Second Round Preview

I remember the days when these minor cup competitions held a strange attraction to the young Anonymous Don. Way back when a trip to watch Wimbledon actually meant crossing the A3 and heading into the town that bears our name, I was reliant on my dad to take me to games. I’d heard of the Full Members Cup, that went on to become the Simod Cup, that went on to become something called the Zenith Data Systems Trophy… in fact I’d been to Wembley to see the Chelsea-Man City final a few years previously (which my juvenile mind seems to remember finished 5-4 to someone…).

Yet despite seeing the Dons in FA Cup and League Cup action, friendly and West London Cup games against Fulham (which might have been one and the same thing…), even a weird mid-season fixture against HJK Helsinki which we won 3-0 (again, this seems extremely unlikely, I wouldn’t believe it myself if I didn’t have the programme). But I’d yet to see us feature in this strange tournament – not surprising seeing as though we rarely troubled the later rounds.

And therefore I yearned to tick that box. One night, I got my chance. The visit of Ipswich brought with it a visit from one or both of my Town supporting cousins (again – bit hazy on the detail), and we attended more as a family meet up than anything else. Naturally the Dons lost, which was the way whenever we played them, but the cold evening air, the floodlights, the empty terraces… I was hooked.

Since then I’ve got them all under my belt… From the Intertoto Cup to the Cherry Red Books Trophy, I (and presumably most, or at least some, of you) have seen them all. With the obvious exception of one – which explains my current excitement at the visit of Stevenage. The Dons have history of sorts in this tournament, in fact we made it to one of the first finals – sadly not played at the national stadium, instead at the home of our opponents was chosen, and a trip to Grimsby saw the Dons fall to defeat. The Dons history in various minor cups would probably be worth a  ‘Short History’ article, if I had the time to prepare and write it (if we stay in the competition beyond tonight I’ll resurrect that for the next round…).

Tonight we welcome Stevenage, slightly unfortunate that we find ourselves up against semi-regular opponents over the last couple of years, a chance for us to avenge our FA Cup defeat last year or very least actually score a goal against them for a change. Stevenage have a pretty poor rep among some lower division fans and Dons fans in particular… without wanting to offend anyone who might be harbouring dislike of them, I’ve always presumed this was mere jealousy of seeing a smaller club doing well. My article on them during the summer outlined my personal view but if you can’t be bothered to read all that, basically good luck to them. They’ve got a decent enough manager, play to their strengths but nowhere near as crudely as some, but above all else are probably operating slightly above their natural level at the moment. So no need for Dons fans to demonize them (especially when they did us a pretty huge favour last season in their FA Cup first round game…), in ten years time we’ll more than likely find ourselves at the same level or possibly even  above them…

With Brown having named his side in advance, no need for me to guess his starting lineup this time around. Instead I’ll try guessing the crowd. Not naming you all, that’s probably taking it too far, but in terms of numbers I’ll stick my neck out with 1611…

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Stevenage in the JPT

As previously mentioned, I’m prepared to admit slightly more interest in the JPT than most League Two fans this season, if only because our entry into the competiton marks or ascent to the Football League. After a first round bye, the draw for the second round took place this morning, and the Dons have picked up a home draw against Stevenage.

If this tie turns out anything like last seasons FA Cup encounter between the two sides, we’ll be grateful that bye has extended our stay in the tournament slightly longer than our Carling Cup effort. Stevenage moved through League One in a single season and the two sides meet with a division seperating us once more. I suppose we can count ourselves slightly unfortunate to have drawn a side we’re playing at Kingsmeadow for the third season running when there were teams like Charlton and Brentford floating about, the club will announce pricing in due course but it goes without saying they might have to get creative to encourage anywhere near a decent crowd in for familiar visitors.

At this stage of the competition the northern and southern halves of the draw are more or less seperate tournaments, but elsewhere in the south east Charlton and Brentford face off, Barnet travel to Gillingham, and Leyton Orient or Dagenham host Southend.

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Stevenage, Westley, What Wimbledon Were And Could Have Been…

The thing about football is it’s quite hard to give credit where its due. This is down to many of the factors that make football the game it is; passion, loyalty, even negative emotions such as hatred can be constructive under select circumstances… hell, mixed with two parts love we built a football club off the back of it. One of the hardest things I find, writing as a blogger dedicated to my club, is accepting that what happened when things haven’t quite gone as planned was anything other than a failure on my teams part, either that or the opposition profited from extreme fortune or morally dubious tactics.

Reading back some older match reports earlier today, I was struck by how, even when I was convinced on publishing I had been completely magnanimous, my text was still littered with backhanded compliments and snide remarks that regular readers might not have noticed, but neutrals and passing opposition supporters definitely did. In that respect I have to initially wonder whether I’d be writing this had I not been personally floating on cloud nine after the Dons promotion – the answer is, without an immediate League Two connection, ‘probably not’. Particularly as the Stevenage FA Cup defeat was incredibly tough to take, I left the ground fuming, the Dons had no luck, the ref was bent, the Stevenage players throwing themselves on the floor to win free kicks… yet when I got home and watched it back on TV I saw none of that, just a well contested cup tie where the better side won it on the day. If I remember rightly, I bit my tongue and got down to writing an accurate account of the day, yet still mocked their otherwise muted supporters consistent use of a drum, and suggested the young Dons side lost as they had frozen on the big day…

Stevenage, a small club whose achievement go way beyond expectations, deserve an enormous amount of credit for the season they had, what they have done is magnificent, and should be an example of what Wimbledon can achieve next season. Lets not forget. St. Evenage (as they were dubbed at the time) spared us our worst nightmare… a game against Them. Who knows how our season would have shaken down had we had to face them? Yet Stevenage aren’t well liked, particularly by Wimbledon supporters (despite the massive favour they granted us)… I’m sitting here writing this thinking in the back of my mind ‘hell, I don’t even like them’…

Check out this little article from Paul Fletcher on the BBC website – ignore the tabloidesque quote-driven writing-by-numbers style of the piece itself, skip down to the comments section. There’s a hell of a lot of vitriol coming from supporters of clubs in that division, some of it down to jealousy, but Stevenage have created a rod for their own back by the style of their success. And as Dons fans, watching our young side claim promotion playing an attractive, high tempo possession based game, its easy to sit back and criticise Stevenage’s style of football. Easy, that is, if you have the memory of a goldfish, and have no idea who we are or where we’ve come from…

Lets not forget these are similar comments to those aimed at a small South West London club who gate crashed the top flight back in the eighties. The thing is, the Stevenage aren’t even playing the sort of up-and-at-em long ball game we saw for eight years or so under Bassett and Gould. They’re more like the well organised, do the simple things right and counter with pace sort of game we played under Joe Kinnear, direct, but incorrectly labelled as long ball by a lazy media eager for a tag to make their job a little easier. Plus the criticism their players spend most of the game rolling on the floor falls down slightly when you consider the amount of fouls Dons players ‘earned’ last term. The Crazy Gang never behaved like that, but it wasn’t part of the game back then, it is now (unfortunately)… and if your side has ever benefited even once, you can’t moan just because someone else does it better than your boys do…

Even the criticism we suffered in the Bassett and Gould days was largely unwarranted, and due to those in the media still active in the game attempting to protect their own interests. And the quote that our success in the 1988, that it set English football back ten years (who was that again?), lets not forget the success of the long ball game was all about exploiting the fact that defences found it difficult to cope with a simple high ball knocked over the top… a fundamental problem in English football most cruelly exposed by the national teams elimination in not just the 1992 European Championship, but the Qualifying competition for the 1994 World Cup by nations adopting this tactic.

Even to this day the stigma exists. Among all the plaudits, more than one here and there from those who have no idea how this current Wimbledon team goes about playing their football decrying the fact another ‘long ball’ team is back in the League. So what if we were? The fact is, we easily could have been. When Dave Anderson left the club in 2007, some of the biggest names in non-league management threw their hat in the ring, and while we’ll never know who actually applied, was interviewed, and how close they came, the fact that Westley was out of work and sniffing about the club at the time (spotted in the stands a couple of times, a few nice quotes seemingly designed to communicate the fact he ‘gets’ us) suggests, under different circumstances, there was a chance Westley could have got the Dons job.

Now Terry Brown ultimately did get the job, and has gone on to show what a great selection that was. And I’ve never been a fan of Graham Westley since the day he pitched up at Kingstonian in the nineties, he looks and sounds like the sort of person who twenty years ago would have turned up on your doorstep selling encyclopedias. I’ve never really had a huge appreciation of Alternate History novels, Nazis goosestepping down The Mall and all that guff… but I get the impression we might well find ourselves exactly where we are right now had Westley been offered the job back in ’07. There’s more than one route to the Football League, after all… and Westley really is that good.

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Stevenage Promoted, League Two Line Up Finalized

A 41st minute John Mousinho goal was enough to earn last seasons Conference champions back to back promotions and a place in League One for next season. The lineup for next seasons League Two has now therefore been completed;

Accrington Stanley

AFC Wimbledon

Aldershot Town

Barnet

Bradford City

Bristol Rovers

Burton Albion

Cheltenham Town

Crawley Town

Crewe Alexandra

Dagenham & Redbridge

Gillingham

Hereford United

Macclesfield Town

Morecambe

Northampton Town

Oxford United

Plymouth Argyle

Port Vale

Rotherham United

Shrewsbury Town

Southend United

Swindon Town

Torquay United

Cast your eyes over that list, and ask yourself whether you could have seen the Dons taking them on in the League five years ago, hell, five weeks ago….

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Play Our Game, Not Theirs…

Terry Brown was a frustrated man at around 1.25PM on Saturday afternoon. Rather than the patient football he had seen all season, his Dons back line were simply launching the ball into the midst of a Stevenage midfield that seemed to have on average a clear six inches height advantage over the home side. Not surprisingly, the ball was coming back almost as fast as it was propelled forward, and only some solid defending was keeping the League Two side at bay. ‘Have some courage!’ and ‘Play our game not theirs!’ seemed to be Browns two favourite phrases, but even when Sebb Brown chose to play it short to a defender he invariably thought twice beforehand, giving that extra couple of seconds for a Stevenage man to close down and ensure the ball would be pumped forward, and inevitably lead to a Stevenage move rather than a Dons one.

The problem was, the Dons players had frozen under the spotlight. The knowledge they were being watched by a worldwide TV audience with a place in the Third Round of the FA Cup their prize, seemed to have collectively stiffened them. To a man they had lost faith in their own ability, and rather than commit to their game plan seemed desperate to be rid of the football as soon as it came into their possession. And by this stage they were already a goal down. A panicky Steven Gregory challenge on the edge of the area gifted Stevenage a free kick – the decision raising the ire of the Dons fans as Gregory seemed to get plenty of the ball, but watching the replay later even the most blinded Dons fan would have to admit you’ve seen them given. The visitors new loan signing from Watford, Josh Walker, struck the ball low past the wall, it bounced off the inside of the left post and into the opposite corner past a static Brown.

At around this time a bell should have been ringing in Dons fans heads… we’ve been here before. Thurrock, Exeter City, Wycombe, Millwall… whenever we edge past our previous best in this competition, we come across a team that are a step to far. Progress is slow and seems related to our League status, tough to take when you see ‘inferior’ sides such as FCUM and Dover having a real go at it. Without the pressure of expectation on their backs our young side have managed to exceed all expectations by finding themselves top of the Conference after twenty games, a play off place has gone from being a possibility to an expectation, but Stevenage just seemed to be too much of an ask.

Not that they completely caved in. They gave it a real go in the second half, and finally had Stevenage on the back foot. On another day, given a bit of luck, the equalizer would have come. Perhaps Kedwells cross would have been six inches in front of Luke Moore rather than six inches behind. Perhaps the skippers rampaging run would have been turned in at the near post by Yussuff rather than blocked. It gave the crowd the chance to crank the noise up a notch, the support was fantastic as you would expect, yet despite this the away supporters could be heard above the home fans – not verbally of course, but their collection of drums that suggested an impromptu performance of ‘Stomp’ was taking place in the visitors section. Losing to Millwall last season was in a way acceptable, we would expect to play Millwall on a regular basis in future, but losing to Stevenage requires a little bit of patience and forward thinking – looking to the past can help in this respect, as well as the aforementioned Thurrock debacle, we also managed to lose an FA Cup tie 0-3 at home to Walton & Hersham… and what became of them???

Just when it seemed we were set for a pulsating last ten minutes, with the Dons pushing hard for a leveller, they were caught by a sucker punch ten minutes from time that effectively ended the game. Hatton and Yakubu probably could have done better to snuff the chance out, as Yemi Udubade hit a volley that bobbled into the corner. As if that wasn’t game over anyway, the referee then pulled out a second yellow for Ed Harris following an earlier incident that on first viewing looked more of a ‘collision’, but TV cameras later revealed to be more of a ‘desperate lunge’. Unfortunate for Harris, and unfortunate for the Dons who now head into Tuesdays game with Luton without Harris and the injured Johnson (how we could have done with him…), with only Franks and Ismail Yakubu available, with the manager only last week questioning Yakubu’s fitness regarding playing two games in four days… Is anybody else hoping the weather worsens ahead of Tuesday? We surely can’t afford to give a promotion rival such a big advantage…

So what positives can be taken from this experience? Well, we were a lot better in the second half, one of the reasons for this was the change to a simple 4-4-2. This brought Kedwell into the game, and was a big factor in almost getting back on terms at the start of the second half. This doesn’t mean of course, that we should immediately drop the 4-3-3 that served us so well for the opening couple of months. I just love the fluidity of the system, the way it brings the best of Christian Jolley and Ryan Jackson, it is a genuine 4-3-3 rather than the 4-5-1 it appears to be when we are penned back. But sometimes its obvious that it isn’t working, and it doesn’t seem fair to ask the players to persist with it, especially when the knee jerk reaction is to bring on someone like Jon Main and asking him to run the flanks. Here’s hoping the manager has the confidence to make the switch more frequently in future.

Beyond that, the only positive we can take is the experience our young squad will hopefully take from this. While we need to be worried in the short-term that we froze, that we found ourselves brushed off the ball quite easily, etc, the squad can only improve. We know that if promotion doesn’t come this season it will come next, the squad will gain a years extra experience and we will come good eventually. Patience is a good virtue to have in football, we obviously have the right manager, we know we have the bulk of a team capable of winning promotion to and surviving in League Two, so lets just enjoy the ride over the next couple of years. While visiting a Premier League or Championship ground would have been a fantastic experience for all of us, it’s not to be this year, and never before has the cliché of being able to concentrate on the league been more apt. We have a big six months or so ahead of us…

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12.50

Its Wednesday night here at TADs digs, so it must be time for Saturdays match preview. And a tingle of excitement has just made its way up my back as our beloved AFC Wimbledon gain mention midway during the Rangers-Man U tie on ITV.Its just a promo though, the excitement passes… in fact I’ve been trying my very hardest not to get over excited about this game, for obvious reasons. A victory could see us play one of the sides on my television screen in the next round should the draw be kind – the other team will unfortunately have to wait for next seasons Europa League…

Yet I’m not seeing us at Old Trafford, Anfield, The Emirates – those stadiums most often mentioned by Dons fans when talk of potential third round opponents… of course Glandford Park, Brisbane Road or Edgar Street are equally likely venues unfortunately. I’m seeing Thurrock, I’m seeing Torquay in the Trophy, I’m seeing Wycombe, occasions that were too much of an occasion for AFC Wimbledon.

Having said that, this is a different Dons side that effectively lay down for Stevenage last Easter, allowing them to stroll on to promotion. We have improved a great deal, certainly more than Stevenage would have in that time… but have we improved enough? The other problem we have is I don’t really think we look like the sort of side that can cause an upset. I’ve always thought giantkillers were a band of hardworking battlers, short on talent but big on heart. While our young side might be able to top the Conference after twenty games, I have my doubts as to their ability to knock out a higher ranked side in a one-off game. How many times in the WFC days did we turn over the big boys? Mind you, back then every game seemed like a cup tie…

The present side are currently struggling with injuries, including the previously mentioned defensive problem. Yakubu will be ok for Saturday, but sneaking up almost unnoticed on the blind side is an incredibly tough looking home game with Luton. We’ll put up a fight in that one, but it almost seems as though we may have to sacrifice an important league game for a chance of FA Cup progress. Beyond that I would suggest the starting lineup will revert to full strength despite the success (in the first half at least) of the Kedwell-free lineup. It seems of the fitness worries Jackson and Blackman will be alright for the squad at least, I think Blackman might be in line for the bench and Jackson could suffer too if Brown decides Luke Moore’s impressive recent performances warrant a starting place. Expect Jolley to continue on the right if that’s the case.

As for Stevenage, well their promotion has seen them wander into an upper mid-table position, as you would expect from a Conference winner in their first season, and they should go on to mount at least a play off challenge. Some bookies can’t separate the two sides, but in the real world you have to say they are quite clear favourites for this one. Stranger things have happened, but I’m not exactly counting on looking out for ball 48 on Sunday.

Don’t disguise my pessimism for any lack of interest in the game by the way… this is a huge match, the biggest the Dons have faced in the AFC era, bigger than Wycombe, bigger than Millwall, and will remain so until we face a Conference play-off game/title decider. Expect a huge crowd there too, especially now the all-ticket status has been removed. I sometimes get the impression making games all ticket has a negative effect when the expectation is to be at or around capacity, you get the feeling more than a few of us thought ‘I can’t be bothered to arrange tickets, I’ll just watch on the telly…’. More than a few of those will now make their way to the ground on Saturday morning. Theres no excuses now – bring your floating mates and let’s make it a real cup atmosphere (well, as much of an atmosphere as can be produced at Kingsmeadow…).

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