MATCH PREVIEW: AFC Wimbledon vs Bristol Rovers

GasCast Match Previews by Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers head to the new Plough Lane this weekend looking to climb out of the relegation zone.

Wedsnesday’s home defeat at the hands of Gillingham, accompanied by results going against them, saw Paul Tisdale’s side slip into the bottom four.

The match in midweek was Rovers’ sixth game in 16 days and Tisdale has spoken of how the games coming thick and fast mean he has to get his ideas across in alternative ways.

“Time on the training ground is important, but we’re not going to get it so we have to find a way to get that message across,” Tisdale told the Bristol Post.

“In my shoes, it is the ideal opportunity to keep things simple and clear.

“The more variables there are to discuss the harder it is to qualify things and give direction too, so I’ve got to get that balance.

“I don’t want to put too much onto the players, we have to build something solid and that’s based on the direction.

“There’s effort and commitment in the team. We came up against a very physical opponent on Wednesday, but there was no shortage of effort.

“Every game in this league is a challenge and we’re at Plough Lane, playing away from home.

“We’re playing a professional team that wants to win and get three points so let’s just start with that and keep it really simple. We need to be in the fight and be competitive.”

Team news for Rovers is that both James Daly and Luke McCormick are doubts, however Josh Barrett could feature after getting some much needed minutes in a friendly against Bath City on Monday night.

Wimbledon go into the game in high spirits after a 2-1 win over promotion favourites Peterborough in midweek.

This week marked two years since Glyn Hodges arrived at the club as assistant manager. Hodges went onto become manager just under a year later and the Dons have not looked back since.

With last season’s curtailment, this campaign is Hodges’ first full season at the club and the Dons sit in 11th place and five points off the play offs with Hodges still cannot believe it has been two years since he arrived at the club.

“I didn’t realise it was two years because it has gone so quickly,” he told the club’s website.

 “It has been great and everything I thought it would be. It’s been great coming back, and it was quite a long gap from when I left, but it still feels like home and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

“The boys have enjoyed training there (at Plough Lane) and there’s excitement as soon as you step on that pitch. Again, on Saturday at 3 o’clock it will mean everything as well. We just enjoy playing there and we have a run of games coming up here, so we are just making sure that we get the right results.”

Hodges has no new injury concerns going into the game at Plough Lane however with the congested fixture list, he may opt to rest Dan Csoka and Joe Pigott.

Score Predictions:

Mets: AFC Wimbledon 2-1 The Gas

Simon: AFC Wimbledon 1-1 The Gas

Max: AFC Wimbledon 2-0 The Gas

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