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30 July 2019 Venue Kingsmeadow Stadium Attendance

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AFC Wimbledon
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Crystal Palace

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Match Previews

Preview: Palace carrying momentum into AFC Wimbledon game

30 July 2019

Crystal Palace travel to Kingsmeadow stadium today to face League One club AFC Wimbledon in their penultimate pre-season friendly before their Premier League campaign gets underway against Everton on August 10th.

The Eagles will be playing on the back of an impressive 5-0 victory over Bristol City on Saturday, a result that bodes well for their challenge against the Dons.

That said, Wally Downes’ men have earned two consecutive victories in recent pre-season clashes over Metropolitan Police and Hampton & Richmond Borough so far, both coming in 3-1 triumphs. Prior to those wins, however, the Wombles lost six back-to-back matches including games against German sides Kickers Offenbach and FC Kaiserslautern. 

Quizzes

Can you remember the Palace XI the last time we played AFC Wimbledon?

30 July 2019

This summer, the south-west Londoners have signed six recruits, including Callum Reilly and Luke O’Neill from Gillingham as well as the second loaning of Michael Folivi from Watford. O’Neill scored a free-kick against Hampton on Saturday and assistant manager Glyn Hodges has assessed the defender’s threat from dead-balls, saying: “It was a great free-kick from Luke, he’s got that. Last season when we played Gillingham one of the things we told our players about was the free-kick that he had scored in the league. 

“We are aware of that and that was one of the reasons why we signed Luke. If we get a free-kick in there we have a good chance. I think it’s an improvement on last season as we were not great at free-kicks from that distance, but it looks like we have a threat now.”

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But Palace too are buoyed by recent performances and five separate scorers against Bristol City will encourage manager Roy Hodgson, who said: "I thought there were some very good things in the game today [Saturday], not least our play in the final third, in and around the penalty box. Good movement, good ideas and what’s more the finishing was there to match. We created a lot of chances so I think the five goals was probably a fair return.”

Palace have a strong connection with the former Wimbledon FC, who became Milton Keynes Dons in 2004 with a set of fans branching off to former the current AFC Wimbledon. Playing home matches at Selhurst Park between 1991-2003, Wimbledon followed Charlton Athletic as relatively local clubs to share with the Eagles.

SEE ALSO: Can you locate these shared stadiums?

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Former Eagle Kwesi Appiah links the two clubs as well, with the Ghana international spending five years developing at Palace where he also spent time with Wimbledon on loan. Joining the Dons permanently three years later, Appiah has appeared 52 times and scored 13 goals in his second stint with the side. Speaking with cpfc.co.uk lately, he said: “Wimbledon are a rough and ready team and will bring a style of play that you won’t be used to in the Premier League. It is going to be a great occasion, hopefully the sun is shining and I’m looking forward to seeing my old club.”

You can read the full interview with Kwesi here.

Wimbledon's story is quite remarkable, rising through the leagues from the Combined Counties League Premier Division when they founded in 2002 right through to League One today, where they will now enter their fourth consecutive season in.

In the last campaign, Wimbledon finished 20th in League One, their lowest finish in the third tier since being promoted in the 2015-16 season. They scored fewer than any other team in the league but managed to remain tight at the back, conceding the second-fewest goals of any club in the bottom 12.

This clash is likely to see Palace continue to award minutes to their talented Development players, with Sam Woods and Luke Dreher featuring against Bristol City on Saturday.

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Match Reports

Report: Pierrick at the double for Palace in draw with AFC Wimbledon

31 July 2019

Academy forward Brandon Pierrick scored a brace at AFC Wimbledon tonight in south-west London, but twice the spirited hosts pegged Palace back, including a stoppage time scramble to secure the draw.

Summary

  • Mamadou Sakho completed 61 minutes in his first start since February, and Connor Wickham played full 90.
  • First team coach Dave Reddington managed from the touchline, with Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington watching in stands.
  • 17 year-old Brandon Pierrick sent Palace one-up in 31st minute, thanks to a Wickham assist.
  • Finlay Macnab levelled for the Wombles on 68 minutes with a point-blank header.
  • Pierrick struck again on 72 with a fizzed effort from the edge of the box to restore Palace’s lead.
  • Wood poked home in stoppage time after goalmouth scramble to secure draw for Wimbledon.

The first-half was an entertaining one, with both sides creating chances – albeit Palace having the lion’s share.

The returning Sakho and Sam Woods looked an assured pairing as they patiently built-up play from the back, with Jairo Riedewald soaking up pressure in defensive midfield.  Dreher glided effortlessly around the centre of the park, and Daly’s pace was causing headaches for the hosts’ entire defensive line, whilst Connor Wickham’s enormous presence provided a constant threat.

As early as the eighth minute, Wickham won a towering header down the right flank, and Daly – who had switched sides - accelerated past his man to gather the ball before striking wide of the far post.

AFC Wimbledon ‘keeper Nik Tzanev made several smart saves, including thwarting a sublime Wickham chip after sumptuous footwork from Dreher who had found a pocket of space, a third of the way through the half.

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The hosts looked sharp down the left flank in particular, with the diminutive left-back Paul Osew and the lofty, lean winger Mitch Pinnock causing makeshift right-back Nik Tavares problems throughout the first half with their pace and threating crosses.  AFC Wimbledon had a goal disallowed for offside in the 15th minute after Pinnock was adjudged offside having successfully poked the ball under Stephen Henderson’s body, with Woods failing to clear on the goal-line.

Former Palace striker Kwesi Appiah also tested Stephen Henderson with a rifled shot from 20 yards early on in the half.

But it was Palace's 17 year-old forward Brandon Pierrick who broke the deadlock in the 31st minute, after Tavares floating cross found the leaping Wickham whose knock down fell at Daly’s feet in the box. The oncoming Tzanez failed to clear the ball, and it landed in Wickham's path who calmly found Pierrick to coolly slot home, and take the lead into the break.

Just one change at the halfway point from first team coach Dave Reddington, deputising for Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington – both of whom were in attendance – with David Boateng replacing Tavares.

Early blows were exchanged after the restart, as Dreher’s solid effort in the 52nd was pawed away for a corner, before Pinnock fizzed one past Henderson’s right post from outside the box a minute later.

On the hour mark, Wickham received a beautiful cross-field ball from Dreher, and smoked a sweet strike from the right-hand side of the box wide of Tzanev’s goal.

Sakho was replaced on the hour mark by Ryan Innis as planned, leaving the pitch with a clean-sheet and more importantly - unscathed - much to the delight of Hodgson et al in the stands.  He received a fine ovation from a packed Palace end, high-fiving those in the front row and even posing for selfies.  A quick chat with Christian Benteke, also in the stands alongside Hodgson, and he was away down the tunnel.

Jack Rudoni came extremely close to levelling the score with a fine strike, as Wimbledon sensed an opening with Sakho now departed. Indeed, the resulting corner ended in a goal for the hosts, as Finlay Macnab headed home from point blank range.

Pierrick struck his second for the visitors on 72 with a drilled finish along the deck from the edge of the box, assisted neatly by David Boateng.  Chances kept coming for the visitors in the dying minutes, as Pierrick’s replacement Lokilo created a golden opportunity for Wickham whose header faded wide.

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With five minutes left on the clock, Rudoni struck the post for the hosts, and back to back corners in the 90th minute resulted in a frenzy in the Palace box - with Henderson twice keeping the Wombles out, but substitute Tommy Wood snatched a goal at the third time of asking to nick a draw.

AFC Wimbledon: Tzanev (GK), Stabana, Osew (Kalambayi, 78), Procter, McDonald, Macnab, McLoughlin, Rudoni, Pinnock, Appiah (captain; Wood, 60), Connolly (Kaja, 60)

Subs not used: Trott (GK), Collins, Hartigan.

Crystal Palace: Henderson (GK), Tavares (D Boateng, 45), Hobbs, Sakho (Inniss, 61), Woods, Riedewald (Flanagan, 79), Dreher, McGregor, Daly, Wickham, Pierrick (Lokilo, 79).

Subs not used: Tupper (GK), M Boateng.

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Ticket News

Tickets for AFC Wimbledon clash now on sale

17 July 2019

The club can now confirm that tickets are available to buy for our pre-season game away at AFC Wimbledon on 30th July.

The game will kick-off at Kingsmeadow at 7:45pm and will be the final away game of the Eagles’ pre-season schedule.

Tickets are on general sale, with fans able to buy up to four tickets per person - please note that all seating will be unreserved.

Pricing is as follows:

Adult - £20

65+ - £15

Students - £15

U18 - £8

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here, by calling the Ticket Line on 08712 000 071, or in person at the Box Office.

The Ticket Line is open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 12.30pm on non-match Saturday’s. Personal callers are able to visit the Box Office between 9am and 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays. Both the Ticket Line and Box Office will be closed on Bank Holidays.

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