DAILY UPDATE: FRI 12 APRIL

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We have sold all our initial allocation for tomorrow’s game. Tickets are now only available from the Kassam Stadium on the day, and for cash only. If you are yet to get a ticket, it is suggested you arrive at the ground early tomorrow.

A win could take us as high as 17th place. This is dependent on Wycombe drawing at Southend, and Scunthorpe, Rochdale, and Accrington all losing – although should Stanley draw (at home to Walsall), we will go above them if we beat Oxford by four clear goals. Stop laughing at the back. A full list of tomorrow’s League One fixtures is available on the BBC web site.

Oxford go into tomorrow’s game unbeaten in five. They have won their last four games, and lost just one of their last eight. We have won four of our last six, and haven’t lost in our last five away games. Other headline stats ahead of the game:

  • We have lost six of our eight games at the Kassam Stadium (W1, D1), and lost 3-0 there last season.
  • After failing to beat Oxford on 12 occasions in the Conference and League Two, we have won four of our five games with them in League One.
  • The Oxford manager has only one won of his last five games in all competitions against us (D1 L3), losing the last two.

The Oxford manager is not underestimating the challenge his side faces tomorrow. In an interview with the Oxford Mail newspaper, the Yellows’ boss said: “You’ll see a game on Saturday which will be hard for us. We’re going to have to be patient in that and overcome a very resolute, honest, talented, hard-working AFC Wimbledon team.”

We have avoided the Manager of the Month ‘curse’. Luton boss – and former Dons striker – Mick Harford was given the award ahead of Wally Downes, Lee Bowyer, and the Oxford boss. Luton are unbeaten in 28 league games, but travel to in-form Charlton tomorrow.

No-one from AFC Wimbledon made FourFourTwo magazine’s Top 51 Football League players list. Their annual feature picked Deji Oshilaja as our star man, but he did not figure in the chosen few. Lyle Taylor came 17th. The full list is available in this month’s edition of the magazine.

The under-23s are in action at Merstham on Tuesday. They will host Cheltenham Town, with kick-off at 2.00pm.

A reminder that there will be no Daily Update tomorrow. We will return on Sunday. Email notifications for this update remain available however: email 9yrs@may14.co.uk with the subject line, “Daily Update Notification” and you will be contacted as soon as the update is published. As always, any comments, suggestions, or criticisms are welcome: please comment below or email to the address above.

ON THIS DAY – 1986. We beat Sunderland 3-0 in a Canon League Division Two encounter. It was Sunderland’s first ever match at Plough Lane, but they faced a Wimbledon side unbeaten in the league since January 11, and this long unbeaten run would extend to the end of the season as the Dons, in third place, focused on gaining promotion to the top flight just three seasons after being crowned Fourth Division Champions. Current Assistant Manager Glyn Hodges, who had been out of favour for months, made his first league start since January and netted a second-half hat-trick in just 23 minutes. In a deliciously coincidental aside, the final game of that history-making season was a 1-1 draw away at Bradford.

ND, MC, GJ

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