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Opposition Report: AFC Wimbledon

A Further Look At Tuesday's Opposition

26 October 2020

Blackpool will be aiming to build on their important victory against MK Dons last time out, as they travel to Loftus Road to face AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday evening.

Sullay Kaikai’s second half strike was enough to earn the Seasiders a valuable three points at Bloomfield Road, with the midfielder marking his return to the side in style.

AFC Wimbledon will be looking to climb up the League One table after a run of three games without a win sees them sit 16th, two points above the Seasiders.

A 1-1 draw against Burton Albion saw Glyn Hodges’ side clinch a point on the road. Ryan Longman’s third goal of the season was cancelled out by Kane Hemming’s equaliser in an even encounter at the Pirelli Stadium.

The Hosts

After being appointed as permanent manager following his spell as caretaker boss, Glyn Hodges guided AFC Wimbledon to League One safety after the 19/20 season was decided on points per game.

Impressive victories against the likes of Peterborough United, Gillingham and Doncaster Rovers was enough to secure League One status for another season.

Ahead of the new campaign, Hodges made nine new additions in a bid to bolster his squad and avoid relegation fears. Alex Woodyard joined the ranks from League One counterparts Peterborough United, whilst Cheye Alexander (Barnet) and Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) also put pen to paper on deals at Plough Lane. Talented forward Ryan Longman also joined the club on a season-long loan deal from Brighton & Hove Albion.

Some key players also departed AFC Wimbledon in the summer, with experienced duo Scott Wagstaff and Kwesi Appiah both leaving the club. Despite their efforts, talented youngster Ossama Ashley also left the Wombles to join Premier League side West Ham United.

The Manager

An ex-Wimbledon player and fan favourite, Glyn Hodges was appointed as permanent manager in October 2019, following an initial spell as caretaker boss after the dismissal of Wally Downes.

Prior to his arrival, the Wombles struggled for form after going 13 games without a victory and losing nine of them. Hodges, who is most noticeably known for his playing career at Sheffield United, eventually guided the club to safety after avoiding the drop zone by three points.

The 57-year-old, who made over 200 appearances for the Wombles across a seven-year spell, also made international appearances for Wales, before retiring in 1999. After a spell as caretaker manager with Barnsley, Hodges spent five years as Stoke City under-23 manager, before being appointed as assistant manager to Wally Downes in December 2018.

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