Neal Ardley has warned his AFC Wimbledon players to be wary of a Cambridge United backlash tonight.
Richard Money’s men were hit for six by Portsmouth at the weekend as former Dons ace Matt Tubbs grabbed a hat-trick.
The U’s will still be hurting from that humbling at the Abbey Stadium and Wimbledon boss Ardley has told his side this evening’s opponents should not be taken lightly.
He said: “We will have to approach these games in the same way as our previous ones.
“The boys will be prepared for everything that they are going to face. These games are harder than playing the top teams because our opponents will be scrapping for everything.
“Cambridge had a defeat on Saturday and they will be looking to respond to that. We will have to make sure our performance levels are high.
“We will have a look to see if we can freshen it up a little bit and keep that competition for places. We want to keep going that really good feeling we have around the place at the moment.
“But that was a one-off result for Cambridge on Saturday. They are big, strong and they have spanked a few teams this season.
“Richard Money has done a great job, but it was a big blow for them losing Kwesi Appiah, who we know well. Cambridge had to adapt to that, but they have good players.
“They did a good job on us at our place so it’s going to be tough.”
Wimbledon go into the game on a high after Saturday’s dramatic 3-2 win over Luton Town at Kingsmeadow.
George Francomb was confined to the bench for that victory with a hamstring problem and the former Norwich winger will undergo a late fitness test today.
Youngsters Tom Beere or David Fitzpatrick are in contention to face the U’s if Francomb is unable to prove his health.
Defender Mark Phillips will serve the final match of his three-game suspension following a red card at Burton and fellow centre-back Jake Goodman remains injured.