DAILY UPDATE: FRI 26 APRIL

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Gareth Ainsworth believes Wally Downes has “turned Wimbledon around”. Talking to Wycombe’s official web site, the Chairboys manager said: “Wally’s done a fantastic job. They looked dead and buried at one stage, but make no mistake about it – we’ll need to be at our best, be competitive, and make sure we stay in the game at all times to get anything from it (tomorrow’s game).”

Joe Pigott says the squad is confident about getting two wins from the last two games. Speaking to iFollow about tomorrow’s game with Wycombe, he said: “It would be another step closer to the points tally that we need. It’s absolutely huge. Results at home in the last few weeks have been pretty frustrating, taking the lead and conceding equalisers. We will be looking to win.”

The bad news is that we could be relegated tomorrow. Defeat to Wycombe, and wins for Plymouth (at Accrington) and Southend (at Rochdale) would mean we would definitely finish in the bottom four. The reverse of those three results would take us to 19th place – two points clear of the relegation zone.

Wycombe have never won a league game at Kingsmeadow. In four meetings, there have been three draws, and we won the other encounter (1-0 in 2013). In 11 competitive matches since 2002, we have won won six, drawn three, and lost two.

Three Academy players have signed professional contracts with the club. Ayoub Assal, Reuben Collins, and Paul Osew have impressed in the under-23 side this season and have been rewarded for their progress. More information can be found on the official web site.

We have been awarded the Family Excellence Award yet again. We are one of 63 EFL clubs recognised.

Wally Downes was live on Love Sport Radio yesterday. The full interview with James Gray can be listened to on our web site.

Mark Hendrikx has made a cracking promo video. “Born for Greatness” is available on Twitter.

Aaron Ramsdale has been named in the D3D4 Team of The Week. Taken from stats provided by InStatFootball, former Don Lyle Taylor leads the line with two more from Charlton, three from Barnsley, and one each from Southend, Wycombe, Oxford, and Luton. The full team is available on Twitter.

The Daily Update feature will continue until Friday 10 May. After that date, we will look to produce a weekly close-season update, on a day to be confirmed. You can receive email notifications for when all updates are available: 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 the above address.

ON THIS DAY – 2008. Jon Main returned from injury to score a second-half equaliser at Hornchurch in the Ryman Premier League. The 1-1 draw took place on the final day of the regular season, but the two teams would meet again just three days later in a play-off semi-final at Kingsmeadow. Main netted a brace to help the Dons earn a 3-1 win, and a trip to Staines Town in the play-off final.

CD, ND, MH, GJ

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