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MANAGER'S PREVIEW: AFC WIMBLEDON (A)

1 October 2021

MICHAEL Mancienne and Danny Rowe have both returned to training with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side this week.

The Brewers travel to London take on AFC Wimbledon tomorrow afternoon (3pm kick-off), but defender Michael Bostwick will miss the clash and faces around three weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury suffered in our 2-1 win over Portsmouth in midweek.

Hasselbaink says the spirit in the camp is good following Tuesday night’s victory at the Pirelli Stadium, but says he has always maintained the importance that his squad never gets too high or low.

“It’s not all of a sudden that you are sky high with confidence, because when you think like that is when you get slapped," said Hasselbaink.

"We have to keep our feet on the floor, the last game is gone and it’s a new game that gives you different kinds of problems and tactics.

“We played well as a team, the result was good, we got three points, but we need to maintain the intensity, we need to maintain that kind of performance level.”

Hasselbaink expects a tough test in the capital, which will see Albion fans making their first ever visit to the new Plough Lane stadium.

“We expect having to have to grind out a result," added the Brewers boss. "It will be really tough and we have to quiet them down and take the game to them no matter how long it takes. We must impose ourselves.

“It’s a nice compact stadium and Wimbledon should be proud of it. It’s a good arena and one that players will want to play in.”

The Brewers manager also gave an update on his side's fitness, and was happy with the return of both Mancienne and Rowe to training this week.

“Mancienne is someone I can depend on. I’m happy he and Rowey are back, but Michael Bostwick will unfortunately be missing now for a few games.”


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