AFC Wimbledon – Season Review 2017/18


2017/18 – Championship – End of Season Review

Since I’ve become manager, it has taken two seasons to get out of each division. This season, we’re in the toughest and most competitive second division in the world. Surely it would be impossible to go up at the first try… Wouldn’t it?

Sky Bet Championship (stats)

The Championship. Lots of very good, ex-Premier League teams in the mix, with West Ham, Aston Villa and Southampton in the division this year. We were supposed to be relegation candidates, and for the first third of the season it looked as though the prediction was right. We only managed one win in our first ten games and we looked like we were in crisis. One successful team meeting later and we picked up another win, and ended up with five wins and a draw in the next ten which brought us up towards mid-table. We had a patchy Christmas period, and started 2018 with a 1-0 reverse against Villa. Little were we to know that would be our last loss for eleven games! We were propelled up the table and into the play-off places! We were only a handful of points off the top, but equally, we were only a couple of points away from falling back into mid-table. Our last nine games included West Ham, Forest, and Birmingham, all away, and in a row. Not much was expected, but we managed five points from those games, and eleven from the others, which means we went into the final game needing a win just to maintain our play-off place, but if other results went our way, we could even win the title! We beat Brighton 5-0 away, which was by far our best win of the season and guaranteed our place in the play-offs, and it also ensured automatic promotion! Southampton won, which meant we couldn’t win the title, but that wasn’t important! We were going up!!!

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AFC Wimbledon – Season Review 2016/17


2016/17 – League One – End of Season Review

We managed a strong top half finish last season, and this season we needed to push on for a minimum of a play-off position if we were to convince the players and the fans that this is a club looking to reach the Premier League in this decade…

Sky Bet League One (stats)

The board were looking at a minimum of a mid-table finish, but I had greater aims – to at least finish in the play-offs. We started slowly, and after the first six games or so we looked like we weren’t going to do much better than last season. A change of tactic, from the trusty old rigid, counter-attacking system that got us this far, to a more possession based, fluid and short passing tactic. Still based on the 4-1DM-2-2-1 formation, the main changes to the roles were the use of an inside forward on the left wing, supporting full-backs rather than defensive, and the use of a Half-Back to step back into the defensive line when the full-backs went forward. It was a formation I had already set up, so the familiarity with it was pretty high already when it was implemented, and therefore it had much more of an instantaneous effect. Though we still hadn’t lost at that point,  we started winning games instead of drawing, and went on a run of six games won in a row, and ended up going 21 games unbeaten in the league. Towards the end of the season, due to us picking up injuries like an Essex girl picks up STD’s, we dropped off a bit, but we still managed to take the title relatively comfortably in the end.

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AFC Wimbledon – Season Review 2015/16


2015/16 – League One – End of Season Review

Last season we won promotion to League One as champions. This season… Consolidation!?

Sky Bet League One (stats)

Consolidation was the board’s minimum target, and to be honest I was looking for the same. Relegation wasn’t an option for me, and I knew we had a decent squad. We spent the first half of the season in the bottom half of the table with mediocre form, but a 1-0 win versus arch-rivals Franchise FC (MK Dons) was the catalyst to propel us into a decent mid-table position. What I didn’t expect is, with a handful of games to go, we had got into a position to have a shot at the playoffs! We started out well, closing the gap down to three points with three straight wins, but then we drew three and lost one of the last four games, the gap opened back up and the chance was gone. But considering we wasn’t even looking to reach mid-table, to get that close was a huge achievement!

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AFC Wimbledon – Season Review 2014/15


2014/15 – League Two – End of Season Review

Another season in League Two, but one we can be optimistic about. Last season we only just missed out on the playoffs, but this time we can do it!

Sky Bet League Two (stats)

This time around we told the board to expect a top half finish, but I was personally hoping to clinch a playoff place. We got some good players in, and spent most of the season in the top three. Even with our good form for most of the season, I was still pleasantly surprised that we won the league. Something we need to work on is scoring goals though, as we scored quite a few goals less than the opposition, though we also conceded much less too.

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AFC Wimbledon – Season Review 2013/14


2013/14 – League Two – End of Season Review

Sky Bet League Two (stats)

We were ‘supposed’ to finish mid-table according to what I told the board, although we spent much of our season in and around the top-half. It took a long time to get the strikers firing, with Midson going 28 games without scoring at one point. We rallied late in the season to take the play-off push to the last game, including a 6-0 win at Southend, followed by a 5-1 home win versus rock-bottom Newport County, but even if we’d have won that match (we lost 1-0 to a 92′ goal vs Accrington) we would have missed out on goal difference anyway. To be honest, we wouldn’t have really deserved to be in the play-offs, and I’m sure we’d have not got past the semi-final, anyway.

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