Wally Downes thought that inexperience cost us victory against Accrington. In his post-match interview, Wally commented: “We went from dominating the game and playing well to making a mistake and then losing our shape, so we must learn from that.” The full one minute and 54 second interview can be viewed on the official web site.
The Stanley coaching staff were unhappy with referee Neil Hair’s performance yesterday. Both Paul Smyth and Jordan Clark were booked for simulation, but Accrington assistant manager Jimmy Bell said after the game: “Jordan had his ankle clipped. He did go over a little bit easy, but he did get kicked. I thought the one on Paul Smyth was an absolute stonewall penalty; the ref pulls out a yellow card for simulation. Very strange decision.” The full interview is on the Stanley official web site.
We have no news on Steve Seddon’s injury as yet. He was seen leaving Kingsmeadow without any crutches or strapping, so hopefully he will be fit for Oxford. We expect he will have a scan tomorrow.
Highlights from yesterday are on YouTube. Click here to watch.
Joe Pigott was the 9yrspodcast man-of-the-match yesterday. Joe, who scored his 11th league goal of the season, won 73 per cent of our Twitter poll against Scott Wagstaff (16%) and Rod McDonald (11%).
Southend’s draw at Fleetwood means we remain in the relegation zone on goal difference. We were the only side in the bottom four to pick up a point yesterday. The BBC web site has a full list of results.
Walsall have sacked manager Dean Keates with the Saddlers third from bottom of League One. Keates was sacked two hours after his side lost 3-1 to Oxford yesterday – their 12th defeat in their last 16 games.
Oxford’s Ahmed Kashi and Marcus Browne will be banned from our game with them next week. Browne received a straight red card for a horror tackle on Walsall’s Zeli Ismail, whilst Algerian international midfielder Kashi was sent-off for two bookings – the second for running on the pitch, after he had been substituted, to celebrate his side’s third goal.
Bristol Rovers travel to Coventry today. A win would take them five points above us and into 13th place in the table. Kick-off at The Ricoh Arena is at 3.00pm.
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The Wimbledon Fans Show is on at 7.00pm this evening. Kevin Borras and Mark Hendrikx will be on Love Sport Radio with a 90-minute edition of the show. You can call in on 020 8 70 20 558, or tweet @lovesportradio. Listen on 558 AM, DAB Digital Radio, or at lovesportradio.com.
Tommy Wood scored again for Burgess Hill Town yesterday. Wood converted a last-minute penalty to earn his side a 2-1 Isthmian Premier victory at home against Corinthian-Casuals, who featured fellow Dons loanee Jack Rudoni. Highlights of the game are on the Burgess Hill web site. Elsewhere in the division, Alfie Egan and James O’Halloran played for Kingstonian as they beat Enfield Town 2-1 at King George’s Field. Kyron Stabana started for Tamworth as they beat Royston Town 3-0 in the Southern Premier.
The under-18s won 4-2 away to Exeter on Saturday. Ayoub Assal netted a hat-trick; Zach Robinson scored the other. The U18s currently sit second in Merit League One, just one point behind league leaders Oxford with three games left to play.
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ON THIS DAY – 2007. Having recorded a 9-0 victory over Slough Town the previous Saturday, the Dons are brought back down to earth with a horrendously dull 0-0 draw at Boreham Wood, who featured Byron Harrison in their starting eleven. Literally nothing happened in a battle of Ryman Premier play-off contenders – a battle most, if not all, of the 1,103 spectators have long since forgotten. Until now.
ND, MH, GJ