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PREVIEW: AFC Wimbledon Vs Barnsley

18 January 2019

The Reds head to the capital this weekend to take on AFC Wimbledon in Sky Bet League One action and we've got you covered with our big match preview!

After last weekend's terrific victory over Bradford City in the Yorkshire derby, Reds Head Coach, Daniel Stendel will be looking for his side to get their first away win of 2019 when they travel to Wimbledon on Saturday. 

That 3-0 thumping of the Bantams made it six matches without defeat in Sky Bet League One with Barnsley closing the gap on the automatic spots.

Reds celebrate

On-loan midfielder, Mike Bähre has been ruled out of action, George Moncur has left for Luton but Jordan Green has arrived from Yeovil and so Stendel will have a strong squad to select from. 

The Reds haven't conceded on their travels in their last three league away games and are up against a side in the Dons who've found goals difficult to come by this season.

With the departure of Neal Ardley for Notts County, Wimbledon turned to Wally Downes to try and guide them to League One safety. 

Wally Downes

A legend of the club and member of the 'Crazy Gang' playing over 200 games for the then Plough Lane-based outfit, Downes went into coaching after retiring in the 1990's, spending time with the likes of Reading, Southampton and West Ham before a brief spell as manager of Brentford.

Whilst performances and, to a degree, results have improved in recent weeks, Wimbledon remain rooted to the foot of the Sky Bet League One table going into this weekend although they did beat Fleetwood to progress in the Emirates FA Cup recently.

Reds Assistant Head Coach, Andreas Winkler and forward Mamadou Thiam both spoke with the press during the week to preview the trip south and their interviews are both available to iFollow Barnsley subscribers.


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