A look ahead to tomorrow's game
Bristol Rovers go into tomorrow’s game with AFC Wimbledon knowing a win could propel them in to the top half of the table for the first time this season.
Although the Dons are fighting for their lives at the bottom end of the division, Rovers manager John Ward has made it clear that every game is still vitally important for his side as they aim to finish as high up the division as possible.
THE OPPOSITION: The Dons visit the Memorial Stadium having lost their last two fixtures against Rotherham (A) and Barnet (H). Their last win came against Morecambe on March 23rd, and their last away win was a 1-0 victory against fellow strugglers Aldershot on March 16th. Wimbledon sit just three points above the relegation zone in 19th place.
HOME VIEW: Speaking ahead of this weekend’s fixture manager John Ward said: “We mustn’t lose the fact that these games are important to us as well, I want to win more games, I want to get over 60 points if we can and I want to get into the top half of the table if we can.
“It is fine to talk about our opponents, but we want those performance to be right for ourselves.
“They have good players and we have good players, so it will be a good game. They want to win it and we want to win it, so if you want somewhere to go on Saturday afternoon it should be a good place to be.”
OPPOSITION VIEW: Dons manager Neal Ardley told afcwimbledon.co.uk: “Bristol Rovers were at a low ebb and not playing well when we beat them then and they are a totally different team now.
“If you look at the games we have left, Bristol are the form team that we have to play during our run-in. It will not be easy, but we cannot go there and be scared. We need to work incredibly hard as a team together, add a bit of quality, and hopefully get a bit of luck.
“We had a poor Easter in terms of picking up points, but we cannot be too despondent about it. What’s important is that we do not panic. If I look at the worst-case scenario of us losing the last six games, then the only way that will happen is if we panic as a team. If we stay strong, keep trying to do what we have during the past three months, and work hard for each other, then I cannot see us not doing it.”
DANGER MAN: Top goal scorer Jack Midson has netted 13 times this season for the Dons. The tall striker began his career at Stevenage Borough and spent a season with Dagenham & Redbridge before establishing himself with Bishop’s Stortford, appearing 84 times in three seasons. After a successful spell at Histon, where he scored 20 goals in 2008/09, Jack signed for Oxford United in May 2009 and featured regularly as Oxford gained promotion to the Football League. After spending time on loan at Southend and Barnet, he signed for the Dons in June 2011. He was last season’s joint top scorer in League 2, with 18 goals.
LAST MEETING: When the two sides met at the Cherry Red Records Stadium earlier this season, Rovers lost 3-1, with Tom Eaves scoring the only goal for the visitors, and Tom Parkes being sent off. The last game at the Memorial Stadium was in March last year; Mustapha Carayol scored the only goal of the game to give Rovers all three points.
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