AFC Wimbledon v Gillingham preview
AFC Wimbledon v Gillingham preview

Gillingham will give late fitness tests to a number of players ahead of their visit to AFC Wimbledon for the League One clash tonight.

Callum Slattery is one player definitely missing for Steve Evans’ side having been stretchered off with an ankle injury during Saturday’s 2-0 win against Bristol Rovers at Priestfield.

The game also saw Vadaine Oliver, Connor Ogilvie and Olly Lee all pick up knocks along with Alex MacDonald and the quartet will be given every chance to prove their fitness for the first ever visit to the new Plough Lane for The Gills.

For manager Steve Evans, despite all the fitness concerns, he believes his side have a good chance of picking up another victory that could propel his team closer to the play-off places:

“Wimbledon have good players and they have recently changed Manager which I have no doubt will help them.

“They get a lot of notable wins at their new stadium and that is because they have good players.

“We will train and prepare as we always do, but we will travel full of confidence.”

Stuart O’Keefe, Tommy O’Connor and Rob McKenzie will all be pushing for starting berths after coming off the bench on Saturday, whilst John Akinde will undoubtedly lead the line after his brace at the weekend.

The striker has heaped praise on his team-mates for helping him find the scoring form that saw him brought to Priestfield and he believes the trip to Plough Lane will be a stern test for a Gillingham side starting to find their feet:

“As a team, we just take each game as it comes. We never take any team lightly. Any team could beat anyone in this league on their day; so we’ve got to go there bearing that in mind. Knowing their threats, but focussing on what we do.”

“I want to score goals, and I want to help the team win and get three points. I’m buzzing, to have done all of those at the weekend.”

The game at Plough Lane kicks off at 6:30pm and come the end of the night, Gills fans will be hoping the side are once again celebrating another three league points.

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