3:24pm Thursday 1st March 2012
By Graham Moody
If AFC Wimbledon are to avoid getting embroiled in the League Two relegation battle, then the next two weeks are vital.
That is the message Terry Brown and Stuart Cash have given to the Dons squad as they go into a run of four games in 11 days all against teams below them.
They go to Hereford United on Saturday, who Cash saw lose 5-4 to Gillingham in an incredible game on Tuesday, before home games against Plymouth Argyle, Dagenham & Redbridge and Bradford City.
And assistant manager Cash knows these games are crucial as the Dons, 10 points off the bottom two, look to halt a run that has seen them gain just 15 points from their last 20 league matches.
“We would like to be in that position where we can relax but we are still looking over our shoulders a little bit,” he said.
“We have got a run of games coming up now where we are facing teams in and around us and we have stressed the importance those to the playing squad.
“We need to get results against those teams and we are confident we can as we are scoring goals but just need to tighten up at the back.
“In that run, we have three home games and if we can win our home games we will be in a much better position in the league table.
“But our home form has been spasmodic.
“Against Macclesfield we were good but then against Aldershot we looked like a completely different team.
“We need to find a level of consistency and make it a fortress like we have always said we would at this club and give the supporters something to cheer about.”
The Dons secured to a London Senior Cup semi-final against Hendon when they beat Met Police 5-0 on Tuesday, with record signing Byron Harrison scoring twice – his first Wimbledon goals.
Christian Jolley also scored twice and Huw Johnson added another to follow up Saturday’s thrilling 3-3 draw at Crewe Alexander in the league.
Jolley’s late header rescued a point after Billy Knott had put them ahead early on before they fell 3-1 down – Sammy Moore scoring a stunner with nine minutes left to make it 3-2.
“We got what we deserved from it,” added Cash.
“We didn’t deserve to lose the game but we definitely deserved a point as we dominated the ball in the second half having given two silly goals away in the first half.
“But we can’t keep getting points, we have to get wins starting with Hereford on Saturday.”
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