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PREVIEW: AFC Wimbledon

19 January 2017

Gary Caldwell takes charge of the Spireites for the first time on Saturday, when we welcome AFC Wimbledon to the Proact, here's our preview

Reminder

Home and away supporters are asked to note that the Tesco Extra supermarket adjacent to the Proact has informed the club that they will be enforcing their two-hour parking restrictions on match days.

Tickets

Tickets are available online and from the Proact ticket office right up until kick off (3pm). With Adult tickets from £20, concessions from £13 and under 16s from £5

Team News

New manager Gary Caldwell will be forced to make one change to his starting line-up after central defender Tom Anderson suffered concussion in last week’s match with Coventry City. Otherwise he has no other injury concerns.

Dons boss Neal Ardley is without Paul Robinson following his sending off in their midweek FA Cup match with Sutton United.

Form Guide

The Spireites head into the match full of confidence after Dan Gardner’s superb strike secured a 1-0 win over Coventry last time out.

It was a much needed victory for the Spireites who remain the League One relegation zone on goal difference. Gardner’s strike also helped the Spireites extend their unbeaten league run at the Proact to four matches, with three wins and a draw in that time.

Wimbledon suffered a shock FA Cup third round exit to Sutton United in midweek and will be looking to bounce back on Saturday.

Following promotion to League One via the League Two playoffs last season the Dons have acquitted themselves well, and head into the match in 12th place. Their recent league form has been patchy however, with three wins from their last 10 matches. Though they did beat Oxford United 2-1 last weekend.

The two teams have already met this season, with Wimbledon emerging as 2-1 winners thanks to Dom Poleon’s last minute winner at Kingsmeadow on September 3.

From the Dugout

New Spireites boss Gary Caldwell is very much looking forward to his first match in charge at the Proact, though he knows it will be a difficult fixture.

He said: “When you come in to a new club, you want to get off to a fast start and build some momentum from that.

“When working with the players this week I’ve seen a great desire from them to work hard and get us up the table, and now it’s a case of adding little things in to help them when they’re out on the pitch and in the game.

“Neal has done a fantastic job at Wimbledon, getting them promoted and so far this season they’ve been very competitive so we know it will be a tough game, they’re a physical side who put you under pressure.”

Can't get to the Proact? Fear not you can still follow all the action from the game. 

Across match day we'll have: 

- Live commentary, exclusive to the internet, on PlayerHD 
- Minute-by-minute coverage for the club's Twitter page
- Updates and images from the club's Facebook and Instagram feeds 
- Stats and reaction across the weekend on the official site

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