AFC Wimbledon boss reveals if he will recall winger from Bradford City loan

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Dylan Connolly is set to stay on loan at Bradford City – with AFC Wimbledon manager Glyn Hodges not seeing a starting slot for the winger.

The 24-year-old joined the Bantams on a season-long loan at the start of September.

Connolly has featured 16 times for Bradford.

“If he is playing then I don’t really want to bring him back,” said Hodges. “With the system we are playing at the moment, Dylan won’t find a spot and would be on the bench.”

Rod McDonald and Adam Roscrow, who had both been sidelined with injuries, played in Tuesday’s Surrey Senior Cup win over Molesey.

Dons keeper Joe McDonnell saved in a penalty shootout as they progressed 5-4.

Wimbledon are at Bolton Wanderers tomorrow.

“Rod is back and available and Adam also came through the [Molesey] game,” said Hodges.

Striker Kwesi Appiah is out of action for up to eight weeks after damaging ankle ligaments in training.

Bolton – deducted 12 points after going into administration – had won four out of five matches in all competitions before a 7-1 thrashing at Accrington. They are 15 points from safety.

Asked about the effects on Bolton of their heaviest ever reverse in the third tier, Hodges replied:

“That’s for them, we go there off the back of a win and a clean sheet.

“There wasn’t much football played against Gillingham although the goal we scored was fantastic.

“Bolton are a good side. They are not the team that started the season, that’s for sure, because they had the takeover and recruitment at the end of the transfer window.

“Hopefully we’ll be full of confidence.”

Both clubs did not have a fixture last weekend as they were not on FA Cup duty.

“We were able to get some good work into the lads,” said Hodges. “We played a Brentford team on Friday, which was decent, and then the boys had the weekend off.”


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