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PREVIEW AFC Wimbledon v Oxford United

A full guide to Saturday's game at Plough Lane

3 September 2021

Oxford United head for Plough Lane on Saturday to take on AFC Wimbledon in EFL Sky Bet League 1 (3pm)

United are without Marcus McGuane, who will be out for a couple of weeks with a hip injury, and Gavin Whyte who is away with the Northern Ireland squad.

The U's made eleven changes for the Papa John's Trophy game at Cambridge in midweek and are likely to make a similar eleven changes as they revert to the side that has got them among the early leaders.

Herbie Kane replaces McGuane in the squad while Billy Bodin and Sam Long are set to step up their recovery next week with Long hoping to be available for the home game against Wycombe next Saturday.

See Karl Robinson previewing the game in iFollow right now where you can hear from Matty Taylor in the Preview Show.

Something has to give on Saturday: Wimbledon have yet to win at home, Oxford have yet to win away. The Wombles have drawn both home league games so far, against Bolton (3-3) and Gillingham (1-1).

Mark Robinson's side have yet to keep a clean sheet after five games and are currently in 15th place in the early league table with six points.

Last season's visit to Plough Lane ended in a 2-1 defeat as the home side gained revenge for three defeats at the Kassam Stadium, in the league, the Carabao Cup and the EFL Trophy.

Both Steve Seddon and Dan Agyei are former Wimbledon players


The game is SOLD OUT for away fans

A small number of tickets remain for the London Road Coaches

London Road Coaches
Depart: Stadium 12:00 prompt
Adult LRC member: £15
Adult non-member: £17
Under 18 LRC member: £13
Under 18 non-member: £15

Call 01865 337533 to ask about availability

CLICK HERE for a Fans Guide for Plough Lane

You can hear the whole game live in iFollow thanks to our friends at BBC Oxford Sport, with highlights to follow. This also applies for overseas fans- the game is being televised globally and if it is on TV in your region then unfortunately iFollow will not be able to stream the game.

We have coverage on Twitter, Instagram and a report and Gallery right here on the final whistle.

The Dons Local Action Group (DLAG) and AFC Wimbledon have joined forces to launch an innovative scheme to drive further food support for those suffering from food poverty in Merton, Wandsworth and Kingston. 
From this Saturday’s game Plough Lane will not just be a football stadium. It will double up as a food collection point, to drive DLAG food stocks up and enable the group to provide even more help to those who need it. There will be collection points at every entrance and the main items requested are tinned: meat, vegetables, fish, fruit and pulses. If you are able to help then please do.

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REPORT AFC Wimbledon 3 Oxford United 1

U's lose out at Plough Lane. Full time report

4 September 2021

Oxford United let a half time advantage slip as AFC Wimbledon came from behind to win 3-1 at Plough Lane this afternoon.

With a terrific atmosphere for most United fans’ first visit to the new Plough Lane, the game began at a million miles an hour and never really let up. Mark Sykes' goal just before the break gave the U's the lead but two goals from Jack Rudoni and a header from Will Nightingale saw the home side complete a memorable comeback and deny the U's top spot in the early League 1 table.

There was some excellent defending at both ends before Matty Taylor, having cleared off the line from a set piece at one end, raced the length of the pitch but could only head James Henry’s cross wide in the 15th minute with the game's first clear chance.

The Robinsons in the Dugouts, Karl and opposite number Mark, appealed for calm on the ball as their teams closed each other down and denied space in a flurry of yellow and blue/blue and yellow, but United gave as good as they got despite the final score. Ryan Williams, the one change to the side that beat Lincoln, brought his customary energy on the left of attack while the outstanding Sykes bustled past men on the opposite flank and linked up superbly with the always probing James Henry.

The sides traded chances, Henry drilling into the side netting after half and hour and Sykes sending another effort into the gloves of keeper Nik Tzanev soon after, but Jordan Thorniley made two vital blocks at the other end and the lively Adedapo Mebude reciprocated after 34 action-packed minutes.

What the game needed was a goal and on the stroke of half time Sykes obliged. The Dons defence had already had a couple of shaky moments but when Nighingale gave Anthony Hartigan a ball he didn’t really want, Sykes was onto him in a flash to steal the ball and run at Tzanev before rolling the ball home to send United top of the league at the break.

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Wimbledon though came into the game with the best record in the division for picking up points from losing positions, and ten minutes into the second half we were level pegging again as a set piece brought the home side level. Nightingale made amends for his role in the opener with a towering header from a left-wing free kick and Rudoni stooped to nod home from almost on the line.

Back came the U’s, attacking towards their sold-out away end. Williams was almost immediately given a shooting opportunity which was cleared off the line by a desperate Dons defender, Henry fired wide, Brannagan got on the end of a cross but could only steer his instant effort wide.

Nathan Holland came on, Herbie Kane was given a league debut, Sam Winnall was added to the attacking mix and the U's switched to two up top for the final 20 minutes. A magnificent pass from Henry deserved a goal but Heneghan timed his tackle perfectly to take the ball off the toes of Holland as he prepared to shoot.

That was the crucial moment and one minute later another set piece put Wimbledon ahead. Outswinger, Nightingale above everyone and a downwards header beyond the helpless Stevens to make it 2-1. Two minutes later and it was game, set and match Wimbledon as Nesta Guinness-Walker stormed down the left and fed Ayoub Assal who moved the ball further across for Rudoni to beat Stevens from the edge of the box to make it 3-1 and leave the U's with just too much to do in the last ten minutes.

A fine game of football, lots to admire from both sides, but a defeat made harder to take by the endless possibilites apparent at half time.

Lessons to be learned as United prepare for the first week of the season with no midweek game, then a home match against Wycombe Wanderers next Saturday. See you there.

Att: TBC
Away: TBC

Report by Chris Williams, pictures Steve Daniels, Steve Edmunds and Darrell Fisher
Stats by OPTA

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Ticket News

Wimbledon SOLD OUT

Away tickets all sold for our trip to Plough Lane

31 August 2021

Tickets are now sold out for Oxford United's Sky Bet League 1 game at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday

A small number of tickets remains for the London Road Coaches

London Road Coaches
Depart: Stadium 12:00 prompt
Adult LRC member: £15
Adult non-member: £17
Under 18 LRC member: £13
Under 18 non-member: £15

These are available ONLINE or by calling 01865 337533

To join the London Road Travel Club or to enquire about or book transport to away games call in at the ticket office or call 01865 337533.


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