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Match Preview: AFC Wimbledon vs Barrow

9 February 2024

Club News

Match Preview: AFC Wimbledon vs Barrow

9 February 2024

After a well-earned win at home to MK Dons last weekend, the Bluebirds have another tricky fixture tomorrow, away to ninth-placed AFC Wimbledon.

The Bluebirds’ previous game came last Saturday when they faced MK Dons at the SO Legal Stadium. The game saw MK Dons maintain most of the possession throughout the game. However, it was the Cumbrian side who created most of the chances, and they were rewarded for their efforts in the 73rd minute when January signing Cole Stockton finished emphatically to score his first goal for the Bluebirds, and the winning goal to secure all three points.

Team News

Junior Tiensia is continuing his injury rehabilitation following his Ankle Ligament injury and has been back on the grass for the past fortnight.

The Opposition

Currently, Wimbledon finds themselves in ninth place and only one point off the Play-Offs. Their previous game against Bradford City ended in a 0-0 draw, as they extended their unbeaten run to two games.

The Dons' recent form in their last five league games shows they have picked up five points, with one win, two draws, and two losses.

The London side has also got to get used to life without their top scorer Ali Al Hamadi, after he made a January transfer to Ipswich Town. So, manager Johnnie Jackson will be looking for other players to step up and take on the huge role Al Hamadi has left.

A key player for Bluebirds’ supporters to look out for is winger and current top scorer James Tilley. Since Tilley made the move to the Dons in June 2023, he has gone on to make 35 appearances whilst scoring 12 goals. With 26 of those coming in the current league campaign and in that time Tilley has scored seven goals and assisted four times in those league appearances.

Head-to-Head

The two sides have faced each other a total of six times, with the first fixture coming back in 2011 in the National League. However, since Barrow’s promotion to the EFL, the two sides have faced each other in the league three times.

Last season when the sides met at Plough Lane, Barrow had picked up four wins out of the previous five league games. However, the Dons had also lost just once in their previous five league fixtures.

But it was the Bluebirds who started the game well when Ben Whitfield played the ball into Josh Gordon who took on a right-footed shot that was heading for the bottom left corner, but Nikola Tzanev saved well.

Then just three minutes later, Whitefield found himself with the ball again and this time he crossed it into the box and found Gordon who finished it home with a right-footed shot from close range.

As the game progressed Wimbledon got closer and closer to levelling matters. The best chance of the game for the home side came in the 84th minute when Harry Pell crossed it into the Barrow box and Josh Davison got on the end with it but missed the target.

As the game reached the final moments, Will Nightingale had the last chance of the game to gain a draw for The Dons, but his shot was just wide to the right of the post. As the referee blew for full-time, there was a clash between both sorts of players, and Edmond-Paris Maghoma received his second yellow card.

Officials

Scott Simpson is the man in charge of tomorrow’s fixture. This season he has officiated 21 matches in the EFL and in the process has handed out 107 yellow cards and eight reds.

This is Simpson’s first season as an EFL referee so he hasn’t had a chance to officiate a Bluebirds match yet.

Tomorrow he will be joined by Michael Webb, Alistair Nelson, and the fourth official is Andrew Hickman.

Ticket information

Tickets can be purchased on the day and prices are as follows:

Category

On Day

Adult

£27

Senior 65+

£19

Under 17

£7

Words By Dylan Whitbread


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