AFC Wimbledon vs Carlisle United @ Kingsmeadow
Saturday, January 16, 2015 @ 3pm
David Connolly could make his debut for AFC Wimbledon against Portsmouth tomorrow – 12 years after he last played for Wimbledon.
The 37-year-old joined the Dons on a free transfer this week after his contract at Portsmouth was terminated by mutual consent and will replace Matt Tubbs – who in turn has joined Pompey.
The striker started his career at Watford but joined Wimbledon in 2001, scoring 42 goals in 68 games and playing in the same team as his now manager Neal Ardley.
If he debuts he will follow the likes of Jermaine Darlington and Jason Euell in playing for both Wimbledon and AFC Wimbledon.
“We lost an exceptional striker with Matt Tubbs leaving, but David is an out-and-out goalscorer,” said Ardley.
“He is certainly one of the best I played with back in my time with Wimbledon.”
Ardley’s men come into this game on the back of a 2-1 loss to Stevenage, having won four of their five games prior to that in an impressive December run.
The last time the sides met, it ended up in a thrilling 4-4 encounter, but since then Dons have managed to get up the table, while Carlisle have struggled.
They are currently on a three-match losing streak, including 3-0 loss at home to fellow strugglers York City, and lie 22nd in the table – one point and one place off the relegation zone.
Star Man: David Connolly- The experienced striker will add some much needed fire power to the AFC Wimbledon attack.
Danger Man: David Amoo- The former Liverpool trainee is always dangerous when coming in from the wing.
Last Encounter: Carlisle 4-4 AFC Wimbledon (Dempsey x2, Gillies, Potts; Rigg, Tubbs x2, Azeez)