Dons boss Mark Bowen has renewed belief they can avoid drop into League Two

Mark Bowen believes his AFC Wimbledon side showed last time out in their 1-1 draw with Wycombe that they have what it takes to beat the drop heading into the final two games of the season.

The Dons were denied their first win since December 7 after Adebayo Akinfenwa cancelled out Jack Rudoni’s opener by scoring a late equaliser for the play-off chasing Chairboys, writes Edmund Brack.

Wimbledon travel to relegation rivals Fleetwood Town, who find themselves just one place and three points above them in the table, knowing that all three points are needed if they want to keep their League One survival chances intact.

Last time out against a side in the bottom four, Bowen’s side lost to already relegated Crewe. They let a one-goal advantage slip and fell to a 3-1 defeat.

“I was surprised, probably more surprised than our fans with what happened at Crewe,” Bowen told the South London Press when asked how his side planned to cope with the pressure at Highbury Stadium.

“We were on top at Crewe – I didn’t see too much danger – and it was a ridiculous backpass from Sam Cosgrove, which he knows.

“It was the manner of their first goal that, when it went in, I visibly saw the confidence zap out of the lads. I came out of last Friday’s game against Crewe and I told the lads this. I was thinking ‘wow, we have got no chance – we are going to really struggle because I saw something that I didn’t even realise was there.’

“But I have just told them in the dressing room now [after the draw with Wycombe] that my opinion has changed. I went there on Monday thinking: ‘I’m not sure if they have got enough to stay up’. But I told them [in the dressing room] that I know now that they have got enough.

“If we get a little bit of luck along the way in these two games, I am really confident. We’re still in this and fighting.”

PICTURE: KEITH GILLARD

 

 


 

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