Ardley eyes consistency and promotion with AFC Wimbledon as he celebrates three years at the helm

Oxford United v AFC Wimbledon @ Kingsmeadow

Saturday October 10 @ 3pm

Neal Ardley’s AFC Wimbledon side travel to Oxford United on Saturday in good spirits as they aim to build on recent momentum.

They have lost just once in their last eight games and beat Barnet 2-0 last Saturday to leave them three points off the play-offs.

Saturday marks three years since Ardley took over at Kingsmeadow and he is in positive mood about the club’s state of affairs.

He said: “It is all systems go and the squad is getting back to where it should be.

“It is an exciting game. We are going away to a top-five team in really good form and they are one of the better teams in the league.

“It will tell us a little bit about where we are.

“I think we have gone from a struggling team in League Two for a couple of seasons to a team that was a mid-table team last season.

“We want to be a team this season that are close to having a chance of going up. I think we are good enough, it is just about whether we can be consistent enough.”

Ardley has virtually a full strength side to pick from for tomorrow’s trip.

Tom Elliott returns to the fold after suffering a knee injury, and Adebayo Akinfenwa and Jon Meades have been given the all clear to play after picking up knocks.

Three former Oxford United players could line up against their old side on Saturday, with Dannie Bulham, Sean Rigg and Meades having all had spells at the Us.

Fifth-placed Oxford come into the game off the back of an impressive Football League Trophy victory over fierce rivals Swindon Town on Tuesday.

The Us are without winger Callum O’Dowda who is away with the Republic of Ireland under 21 squad, while Danny Hylton returns from suspension.

Feature image of Neal Ardley courtesy of AFC Wimbledon TV, via Youtube, with thanks

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