Having narrowly avoided the drop back in to non league football last season AFC Wimbledon have started this season brightly. A similar set of results to the Grecians of having won 1 and drawn 1, will mean they come to St James park with some confidence. The game has been designated by some as the Supporters Trust Derby, and is being sponsored by Supporters Direct.
Goals for both sides have been a struggle Exeter having scored 2 in 3 games and Wimbledon 3 in 3. Jon O’Flynn will be looking to get off the mark for Exeter while Artur Krysiak will be wanting to keep another clean sheet. No injury worries for the Dons boss Neil Ardley, while Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale is waiting on injury news for Scot Bennett, Jordan Moore-Taylor, Matt Oakley and Alan Gow. Also, Pat Baldwin’s wife is due to give birth today.
The last encounter between these 2 sides was a highly entertaining 2-2 draw at Kingsmeadow. The result didn’t do much for either side, Exeter chasing a play off place, Wimbledon fighting relegation. The game also saw Jamie Reid start for the Grecians, and scoring 2 goals. It could have been a hat-trick if Cureton hadn’t been ruled offside when interfering with play.
Neil Ardley on the game
I feel better about it in that we are going there with a very strong team; you are thinking that we may have a really good chance here. But if you do not maintain the right habits, then this game can be really cruel. We have to make sure that Exeter’s performance levels and quality are at their highest if they are to get anything from the game. I cannot guarantee that we will produce free-flowing football, but I can guarantee that we will be very hard-working and well organised. If we put in that sort of performance then Exeter will have to be at their best.
Rob Edwards’ thoughts:-
We had a busy medical room on Monday, but as usual it had cleared out by the end of the week. We hopefully won’t have many missing for Saturday but there might be one or two.
The game has been branded by the Club as “Brazil Day”. Fans are encouraged to wear yellow, or the City home colours. The stadium will be decked out with the Brazilian flag, and there will be a samba band at half time. See story, here.
We wrote about the match officials here.
Visiting Wimbledon fans might like to see our unique guide to the ground, here.
Entry to the ground for home supporters in to the Doble or the family stand is via a ticket bought from the ticket booths. For the Big Bank, you can pay by cash. For visiting fans, tickets will need to be bought from the ticket booth on St James Road.