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17 July 2021 Venue Plough Lane Attendance 2,500

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

AFC Wimbledon
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4-4-2
  • 13
    Nik Tzanev
    GK
  • 7
    Cheye Alexander
    DF
  • 22
    Ben Heneghan
    DF
  • 38
    Trialist
    DF
  • 18
    Nesta Guinness-Walker
    DF
  • 4
    Alex Woodyard (C)
    MF
  • 8
    Anthony Hartigan
    MF
  • 11
    Ethan Chislett
    MF
  • 12
    Jack Rudoni
    MF
  • 9
    Ollie Palmer
    FW
  • 29
    David Fisher
    FW

Substitutes

  • 31
    Zaki Oualah
    SUB
  • 20
    Huseyin Biler
    SUB
  • 30
    Paul Kalambayi
    SUB
  • 32
    Darius Charles
    SUB
  • 33
    Isaac Ogundere
    SUB
  • 6
    George Marsh
    SUB
  • 21
    Luke McCormick
    SUB
  • 23
    Elliott Bolton
    SUB
  • 37
    Paul Osew
    SUB
  • 28
    Corie Andrews
    SUB
  • 39
    Trialist
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Mark Robinson

4-3-3
  • 1
    David Raya
    GK
  • 30
    Mads Roerslev
    DF
  • 40
    Jude Russell
    DF
  • 5
    Ethan Pinnock
    DF
  • 39
    Lewis Gordon
    DF
  • 27
    Vitaly Janelt
    MF
  • 37
    Alex Gilbert
    MF
  • 20
    Saman Ghoddos
    MF
  • 19
    Bryan Mbeumo
    FW
  • 17
    Ivan Toney (C)
    FW
  • 16
    Joel Valencia
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Patrik Gunnarsson
    SUB
  • 36
    Fin Stevens
    SUB
  • 4
    Charlie Goode
    SUB
  • 32
    Luka Racic
    SUB
  • 2
    Dom Thompson
    SUB
  • 42
    Jaakko Oksanen
    SUB
  • 26
    Shandon Baptiste
    SUB
  • 38
    Max Haygarth
    SUB
  • 7
    Sergi Canos
    SUB
  • 43
    Gustav Mogensen
    SUB
  • 24
    Tariqe Fosu
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Thomas Frank

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Match Previews

Match Preview: AFC Wimbledon vs Brentford

Our pre-season campaign gets underway tomorrow

16 July 2021

AFC Wimbledon provide our opening test ahead of the new Premier League season as Thomas Frank takes his side to Plough Lane tomorrow, Saturday 17 July, kick-off 3pm. The game will be our first outing since achieving promotion to the top flight back in May. While Bees fans can't be there in person, we will be providing a live stream of the game so you can follow from wherever you are.

THE OPPOSITION

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AFC Wimbledon are preparing for the new Sky Bet League One season, their sixth at that level. They finished 19th in the table last season, avoiding relegation by four points. They will kick-off their new campaign away to Doncaster Rovers at the start of August.

This will be Brentford's first visit to the rebuilt Plough Lane. AFC Wimbledon built their new stadium a short walk from the home of the former Wimbledon FC and moved in last November. The stadium is built on the site of the former Wimbledon greyhound track. The sides did meet in a pre-season game in 2019 and an EFL Cup tie in 2017. Both games were played at Kingsmeadow, in Kingston, where AFC Wimbledon played until last November and resulted in Brentford wins.

There are plenty of common ties between the two squads with Jaakko Oksanen, Mads Bech Sorensen, and Marcus Forss all spending time on loan with AFC in previous seasons while Aaron Pressley will join up with The Dons next week for a season-long stay in KT1. 

Former Bees Academy goalkeeper Nik Tzanev is Wimbledon's current number one while Darius Charles, who came through the youth system in TW8 to play 42 times for us in the mid-2000s, re-joined AFC earlier this month. 

TEAM NEWS

The Bees have been back in training for a week at Jersey Road but we are still missing our European Championship representatives; Christian Nørgaard, Mathias Jensen, Halil Dervişoğlu, Marcus Forss, and Pontus Jansson are all due back to training over the coming weeks. 

THE MANAGER

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Mark Robinson has done it all during his 17-year association with AFC Wimbledon. Since 2004, the UEFA A licence coach has served the Dons as Head of Youth, Centre of Excellence Manager, Academy Manager, Lead Professional Phase Coach and Loan Manager, First Team Coach, Interim Manager, and now Head Coach. 

His 21 games in charge from January saw seven wins as AFC managed to pull clear of the League One relegation battle in the final weeks of the season.

THE KIT

The Bees will be wearing our new 2021/22 home shirt for the first time at Plough Lane tomorrow.

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Priced at £49 for adults and £38 for juniors, this season’s kits will be available to purchase exclusively from the Bees Store on Braemar Road on Saturday 24 July (9am-6pm) and Sunday 25 July (10am-4pm). The kits will also be available from Monday 26 July on shop.brentfordfc.com – we will notify supporters when online sales are live. Fans will have the chance to customise their shirts with name and number personalisation and the Premier League sleeve badge.

LAST TIME OUT

MATCHDAY INFO

Tomorrow's game is open to AFC Wimbledon Season Ticket Holders only.

HOW TO FOLLOW

We will be providing a live stream on our YouTube channel so fans can enjoy our opening friendly ahead of the new Premier League campaign. 

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Match Reports

AFC Wimbledon 0 Brentford 1

Valencia scores as Brentford get pre-season win

17 July 2021

A single goal late in the first half was enough to give Brentford a win over AFC Wimbledon in a pre-season friendly. The game was played in very warm conditions and the first period failed to capture the imagination, but Brentford scored in the dying moments of it. The second period was livelier and threatened further goals, but none were forthcoming, and The Bees got the win.

The first half was, for long periods, unexciting. The strength of the sun, which made it a hot afternoon in South London, probably didn’t help and the number of free kicks given was also a factor. The game was stop-start, it lacked flow and neither team was able to put together spells of attacking possession.

Bryan Mbeumo floated a free kick narrowly wide of the far post early on, and then fired one in at the near post from the right channel later in the half. Nik Tzanev got down well to save the latter shot but was mostly untroubled until Brentford went ahead. That goal came down the right, as did most of Brentford’s attacking play. Saman Ghoddos was able to turn in the penalty area and his cross was half cleared. Fin Stevens lofted a shot over Tzanev, but it hit the crossbar and bounced down. Joel Valencia reacted quickest to dive and head in.

The goal came as Brentford started to take control of the game. While The Bees would probably have wanted to do more in attack, they were solid at the back. David Raya was untroubled and as the half wore on, The Bees were playing more on the front foot and in Wimbledon territory, which enabled them to take the lead before the break.

The pace of the game increased after half time. Wimbledon’s second half line-up had three central defenders, they put more players in to attacking areas and both sides increased their intensity. Luke McCormick had a shot deflected wide for the hosts before an effort from Huseyin Biler was blocked. Patrik Gunnarsson was forced in to a low save when Ayoub Assal miss-controlled a Corie Andrews lay-off with such power that it turned in to a shot. The Brentford goalkeeper got down to palm it wide.

With temperatures remaining high, there was a water break in each half and both sides could have scored just after the pause in the second period. A fine pass from Luke Racic released Sergi Canós on the left side, he played a low ball in, Tariqe Fosu weaved clear of defenders, but shot wide from ten yards. A run from Assal at the other end then set up McCormick, but he fired over the crossbar.

Wimbledon probably had slightly the better of the second half and could have levelled late on. McCormick missed the target after twisting free on the edge of the penalty area and Gunnarsson saved from Assal. The Bees could have had the final word from a half cleared corner. Shandon Baptiste got away from his man and delivered a cross for Racic, but his header was blocked. The ball dropped loose, and Charlie Goode got a shot off, but once again he couldn’t beat the defenders on the line. A second would probably have flattered The Bees but they did enough to get a pre-season win.

AFC Wimbledon (First Half): Tzanev; Alexander, Heneghan, Trialist, Guinness-Walker; Hartigan, Woodyard; Chislett, Fisher (sub Robinson 33 mins), Rudoni; Palmer

AFC Wimbledon (Second Half): Oualah; Biler, Ogundere, Charles, Kalambayi, Osew; Assal, Marsh, Bolton (sub Trialist 76 mins), McCormick; Andrews

Brentford (First Half): Raya; Roerslev, Russell, Pinnock, Gordon; Ghoddos, Janelt (sub Stevens 13 mins), Gilbert; Mbeumo, Toney, Valencia

Brentford (Second Half): Gunnarsson; Stevens, Goode, Racic, Thompson; Baptiste, Oksanen, Haygarth; Fosu, Mogensen (sub Gordon 87 mins), Canós

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