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MATCH PREVIEW: AFC WIMBLEDON V WIGAN ATHLETIC

15 December 2017

Latics travel for their first ever meeting with AFC Wimbledon in Sky Bet League One.

  • Match Preview: AFC Wimbledon v Wigan Athletic.
  • All of the key information ahead of Latics’ first trip to the Cherry Red Records Stadium.
  • Pay on the day available, no prices increase.

AFC WIMBLEDON V WIGAN ATHLETIC
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
SATURDAY 16 DECEMBER 2017
KICK OFF 3.00pm

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

Wigan Athletic travel to the Cherry Red Records Stadium for the first time in the club’s history when they take on Neal Ardley’s AFC Wimbledon in Sky Bet League One this Saturday.

Latics and the Dons will meet for the first time in what promises to be an all-encompassing atmosphere on the afternoon, following the news that Wimbledon will return to Plough Lane at a new development just 250 yards away from the former club’s ground.

Speaking to iFollow Latics on Friday morning, Paul Cook said he is more than aware that the crowd will be celebrating from the first minute after Wimbledon’s historic news.

“They’re going home and tomorrow’s game will be a celebration of that.  Wimbledon will be right up for the game and we’ll have our hands full in a tough match.”

Saturday’s hosts haven’t played a league game this calendar month after their away fixture at Bury was called off due to a frozen pitch and owing to their other two matches being in the Emirates FA Cup and the Checkatrade Trophy.

AFC Wimbledon's proposed new stadium
AFC Wimbledon's proposed new stadium.

FORM GUIDE

AFC Wimbledon – LLDWDL, 5 points
Latics – WDLWWW, 13 points

HOME AND AWAY

AFC Wimbledon at home – 2 wins, 3 draws, 5 defeats, scored 9, conceded 12 – LWLDLDWLDL

Latics on the road – 6 wins, 1 draw, 2 defeats, 17 scored, 8 conceded - WWLWLWDWW

LEADING GOAL SCORERS IN LEAGUE ONE

AFC WIMBLEDON – Lyle Taylor 5, Andy Barcham 3, Kwesi Appiah, Harry Forrester and Cody McDonald 2

LATICS – Nick Powell 8, Michael Jacobs 6, Will Grigg 4

Nick Powell celebrates against Fleetwood Town
Nick Powell leads the way for Latics.

LEAGUE TABLE

Latics – 1st
AFC Wimbledon – 20th

Latics lead Sky Bet League One on 45 points, four clear of second place Shrewsbury Town and five clear of third placed Blackburn Rovers.  Paul Cook’s side are comfortably 13 points inside the top six, with his former club Portsmouth occupying seventh place on 32.

Hosts AFC Wimbledon are 20th in League One with 20 points, level on goal difference with 19th place Rochdale, and only outside the relegation zone on goal difference above Gillingham and Plymouth Argyle, with three points separating Neal Ardley’s side from bottom of the table Bury.

THIS WEEKEND'S FIXTURES

Sky Bet League One fixtures for 16th December

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Match Reports

REPORT: AFC WIMBLEDON 0 – 4 WIGAN ATHLETIC

16 December 2017

Goals from Michael Jacobs, Nick Powell, Max Power and Ivan Toney earn sublime Latics a 4-0 win on the road at AFC Wimbledon.

  • Match Report: AFC Wimbledon 0 – 4  Wigan Athletic
  • Second-half goals from Michael Jacobs, Nick Powell, Max Power and Ivan Toney earn 4-0 win.
  • Latics remain top of Sky Bet League One and will go into Christmas Day as league leaders.

AFC WIMBLEDON 0

LATICS 4
JACOBS 57
POWELL 73
POWER 80
TONEY 90

Wigan Athletic will be top of Sky Bet League One on Christmas Day after a sublime display of finishing, technique and endeavour saw Paul Cook’s side beat AFC Wimbledon 4-0.

Despite a flurry of first-half chances going unrewarded, Latics were clinical in the second 45 as Michael Jacobs, Nick Powell, Max Power and Ivan Toney struck to earn a third straight win for Cook’s men.

Latics made one change from their last league outing against Fleetwood Town with Gavin Massey replacing Ryan Colclough, who is still recovering from an illness.

It was Massey who went closest in the early stages when he latched on to Powell’s clinical reverse pass in the right channel but shot narrowly wide of George Long’s right-hand post.

At the other end, Jonathan Meades will no doubt feel he should have done better from Lyle Taylor’s near-post corner as he headed back towards the corner taker despite getting in front of his man at the near post.

Latics created a wonderful chance as the match progressed towards the half hour mark; Massey’s near post cross being headed towards goal powerfully only for Long to parry away with Lee Evans’ follow-up going just wide.

Evans then forced Long into a save from range before Samy Morsy saw his close-range effort from a Jacobs pull-back deflected behind for a Latics corner.

The second-half proved a completely different story for Latics, who showed their attacking prowess and clinical nature with a display of sheer class.

The first goal came from Jacobs, who drove home inside the box after a superb Powell pass fed Massey in the left channel, who equally provided a fine cut back for Crackers to score his seventh goal of the season.

Harry Forrester was sent off for Wimbledon on 69 minutes and from then Latics went into pure domination.

15 minutes later and Latics’ second was all about Powell. On the ground he scored his first professional goal six years ago, he skipped away from Anthony Hartington and fired a powerful left-footed drive beyond Long, who had no chance.

10 minutes from time Power, who hadn’t scored for Latics since March 2016, thundered home a 25-yard free-kick beyond the despairing dive of Long for 3-0.

Substitute Toney in the final minute of the 90 marked his 150th career appearance with a break from the halfway line on the counter attack.

A superb away performance and just reward for the travelling supporters who made the long trip down to Kingston-upon-Thames.

AFC Wimbledon: Long; Fuller, Charles, Oshilaja, Meades; Trotter, Forrester, Soares (Hartington 72); McDonald (Appiah 72), Barcham, Taylor.
Subs: McDonnell, Robinson, Abdou, Kaja, Kennedy.

Wigan Athletic: Walton; Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, James; Morsy, Evans; Massey (Power 70), Powell (Hunt 85), Jacobs; Grigg (Toney 89).
Subs: Sarkic, Elder, Bruce, Roberts.

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Ticket News

PAY ON THE DAY AT AFC WIMBLEDON

15 December 2017

600 tickets pre-sold for trip to Wimbledon, pay on the day available for Latics fans with no price increase.

  • Pay on the Day: AFC Wimbledon v Latics
  • 600 tickets pre-sold for Latics' first-ever trip to AFC Wimbledon
  • No price increase on the day - only terracing available

Wigan Athletic supporters can pay on the day at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday afternoon, with no price increase, although only terracing tickets remain available.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults - £17
Over 65s - £11
Students - £11
Under 18s - £4

FOR WIGAN ATHLETIC SUPPORTERS TRAVELLING TO AFC WIMBLEDON, PLEASE BE REMINDED IT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE TO USE PYROTECHNIC DEVICES. CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS AND BANNING ORDERS COULD RESULT IF ANYONE BREAKS THE LAW IN THIS WAY. PLEASE RESPECT THE LAW AND THE GOOD NAME OF WIGAN ATHLETIC.

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