Wimbledon’s successful formation switch is making it harder to fit in some players

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Wally Downes has admitted that Wimbledon’s formation is making it trickier to get some players into his side.

The Dons are on a four-game unbeaten run and boss Downes has revitalised their fortunes, partly due to a switch to playing 3-5-2.

Dylan Connolly came off the bench to make an impact in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Luton.

Downes, pictured right, said: “The formation we have come up with, it makes it difficult to get some players in the team.

“Mitch [Pinnock] is our second-highest scorer and leads our assists – – I can’t get him in the team.

“Dylan and Shane [McLoughlin] come on and do great – I can’t get them in the team.

“But, at the same time, I ain’t got no problem putting them in the team. The group I have got – the18-20 that I have been using the last two months – they have bonded together and given me everything.

“I ain’t got a problem with picking any of them on Saturday. I disappoint some, because I have to.

“Scoring in the last minute [at Luton], we have got to take that forward. We are going to be sold-out on Saturday [for the final home game of the season against Wycombe]. As long as we build, and build and build – and as long as we work hard off the ball – then I’m sure good things will happen and the result will come.”

Downes drew the Dons players together before clapping the 733 travelling fans at Kenilworth Road.

“They filled the gaff and they sung their hearts out – I didn’t want to go over in dribs and drabs and then you turn your back on them,” said the Dons chief.

“To give them a 93rd-minute goal will make them feel fantastic – and we felt great giving it to them.”

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