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AFC Wimbledon Preview

2 September 2016

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The transfer window is shut, now all attention returns to the action between the lines as the Spireites travel to play AFC Wimbledon.

The good Spireites start has been threatened by two recent defeats, with the squad now eager to push forwards with a squad settled until January.


Away fans can purchase match tickets on the day at Kingsmeadow, further details can be found here.

Team News

After a much-changed side beat Wolves 2-1 in the Checkatrade trophy on Saturday, Chesterfield have no new injuries and are expected to revert to a team closer to the one that took on Millwall last weekend.

That starting 11 is likely to include Ryan Fulton back in goal, and the Spireites have loan signings Tom Anderson and Conor Wilkinson ready and available for the Dons clash.

Saturday's hosts have three doubts for the game, though all three are expected to be fit in time for the Kingsmeadow clash. Captain Barry Fuller gashed his leg in midweek while Daris Charles and Paul Robinson could also be ready to go.

Form Guide

Chesterfield won in midweek in their Checkatrade Trophy bow against Wolves, but have two consecutive league losses to avenge as they head to London.

Newly promoted, via the play-offs, to the third tier, AFC Wimbledon have yet to win in the league, though they did gain a morale-boosting 3-0 win over Swansea City in midweek.

Neil Ardley's side will also be looking to address their home league form, with their two fixtures both ending in 2-1 losses, to Bolton Wanderers and Scunthorpe United.

From the Dugout

Despite the distractions of Deadline Day, Wilson says he and his staff have been able to fully prepare the squad for the trip to Kingsmeadow, where a physical opponent awaits his side.

"We've done our homework like we do on most teams," he said. "We're expecting a very similar game to the one we had with Millwall, they are perhaps not as experienced as them, particularly in this league. 

"Saying that, they're well organised, they don't give a great deal away and are very dangerous in the box from set plays. That's something we'll have to be really on our toes with."

With AFC Wimbledon so far win-less in their first trip to Sky Bet League 1, Wilson acknowledged the challenge that faces sides as they enter higher divisions.

"It's a big step," he said. "There's a big leap between each division and I think Wimbledon have found a big step into League One. We would find a big step into the Championship, no doubt about it.

"It takes a bit of time to adjust and I'm sure Neil will be hoping to get a few points in the bag to take a bit of pressure off himself. We're hoping differently that we can stay in the top half of the league if we can win at the weekend."

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