ITEN FA Cup Preview: AFC Wimbledon (H)
It’s déjà vu all over again as Rovers prepare for an FA Cup 1st Round replay with AFC Wimbledon. In our last outing the week before last, Tom Anderson’s goal earned Darren Moore’s visiting side a 1-1 draw in the all-League One tie, forcing this second go-round at the Keepmoat on Tuesday night.
Wright Back To It?
The manager has promised to play a full strength team for this one, keen to progress in the FA Cup and mindful of the fact Rovers’ stop-start season had another postponement on the weekend due to the Shrewsbury home game being cancelled due to international call-ups for the Shrews.
Donervon Daniels missed the game at Kingsmeadow with a groin injury but is back fit for this one. However, Joe Wright got 90 solid minutes under his belt for the first time this season and so will surely be hoping to retain his place in defence alongside Anderson. Teenage left back Danny Amos may also keep his place despite a return to fitness for Reece James after putting a Man of the Match display in last time out.
Rovers have three loanees still on the injury list, with Cameron John still sidelined and Niall Ennis yet to fully recover from his most recent knock. Kazaiah Sterling’s status remains mysterious with the results of a new scan on his leg problem yet to come to fruition.
Dons Look To Arrest Slide
Glyn Hodges’ “new manager bounce” has well and truly worn off, with no win in four games for the Wombles since Hodges engineered a three-match winning streak in League One last month. Wimbledon went down 2-0 at Blackpool on Saturday and will be keen to halt the downturn in their recent fortunes.
Several players remain on the injury list, including veteran midfielder Anthony Wordsworth, loan forward Michael Folivi and defenders Will Nightingale and Rod McDonald. Top scorer Marcus Forss is restricted by his loan agreement from Brentford once again so Kwesi Appiah should deputise up front alongside Joe Pigott, who headed the Dons in front in the initial tie.
Callum Reilly is pushing for a start in midfield, although Max Sanders returned to the starting line-up at Blackpool as did central defender Ryan Delaney, so the visitors will be in a stronger position with their squad than they were first time around.
We covered our history with both the original and the reborn Wimbledon in our preview of the first game ten days ago, but the draw in that game ended Rovers’ short losing run at Kingsmeadow. Rovers won last time these two sides met at the Keepmoat thanks to goals from Ali Crawford and Tommy Rowe in a League One clash one year ago Sunday.
The winner of this replay will travel to another League One side in the 2nd Round, either Gillingham or Sunderland depending who wins their replay after a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light in the first game.