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2 mistakes Wimbledon and Hodges can’t afford to repeat in season run-in

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AFC Wimbledon currently find themselves in 20th place in League One, seven points clear of Tranmere Rovers in the final relegation spot.

It was known prior to the season starting that the Dons would be in for another relegation scrap, and so far it has proved to be that way.

However, considering the form of the bottom three, Wimbledon have a good chance of pulling off another escape from the drop this term.

To enhance their chances of doing so, Glyn Hodges’s side have to cut out mistakes that could potentially cost the team points in the run-in.

Here, we look at two¬†problems that the Dons have to avoid in their end of season run-in…

Costly defensive errors

This has crept up time and time again this season, with defensive sloppiness costing the Dons valuable wins and points.

This cannot afford to continue in the run-in, as Wimbledon need every possible point they can get to avoid relegation back down to League Two.

The defence have looked shaky when dealing with counter attacks and set-pieces, and according to WhoScored, the Dons are ranked 3rd highest in League One for goals conceded in both categories.

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Sitting back when leading by one goal

A serious issue that Wimbledon have had this season has been losing points from winning positions.

The trend continued in their last game against Rotherham United, as the Dons were initially 1-0 up in the first half, but the game ended 2-2 at the New York Stadium.

The away games against Coventry and Ipswich early on in the season also come to mind, with the Dons losing both matches in the dying seconds after previously leading for a large spell.

This issue has yet to be addressed, and one reason behind it is the team’s tendency to sit back when leading by a single goal, which invites pressure.

From now on, Glyn Hodges has to instruct his team to combine defence with attack in those situations, or look for a two-goal lead instead.


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