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Keates: Saddlers ready for Wimbledon test

21 August 2018

Dean Keates is expecting a tough game at AFC Wimbledon this evening.

Neal Ardley’s Dons have taken five points from their opening three league games and are one of two teams in the EFL yet to concede a goal.

The Saddlers are also unbeaten, having accumulated seven points from a possible nine.

And Keates says his side are ready and raring to go ahead of the trip to Kingsmeadow.

“We’ve picked up some good results and there’ve been some decent performances,” said the boss.

“We played well against Scunthorpe [in our last away game] but only got a point.

“Wimbledon will be a tough game.

“The lads have recovered and we looked back at the Gillingham game on Monday.

“We’ve got our game plan sorted and we’re ready to go tonight.”

Wimbledon came from two goals down to beat the Saddlers 3-2 when the teams last met in April.

But Keates doesn’t believe that game will have any bearing on tonight’s result.

“That was last season.

“I was brought in with the objective of making sure the team stayed in the division – and that’s what happened.

“There’s no point looking back at last season – the squads have changed, the teams have changed.

“I’m expecting a different performance down there from my players and I’ve no doubt Wimbledon will be totally different themselves.”

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