AFC WIMBLEDON might be in the relegation zone as the season reaches its final weekend – but Alan Bennett wouldn’t swap places with any of League Two’s other basement boys.
 
The Dons head into Saturday’s final game at home to Fleetwood Town knowing that victory will see them safe and secure their Football League status for another season.
 
Neal Ardley’s side sit a point shy of Barnet and Dagenham & Redbridge in the race to beat the drop, with bottom-of-the-league Aldershot Town also taking the fight for survival to the final day.
 
It is certain to be a nail-biting finish as Edgar Davids’ Bees face a tricky trip to play-off bound Northampton, Wimbledon host mid-table Fleetwood Town and Aldershot welcome promotion hopefuls Rotherham.
 
Dagenham meanwhile, face off against York City, who are far from out of the woods themselves and could easily still fall through the trapdoor after this weekend’s finale.
 
Bennett knows the Dons will need more of the never-say-die attitude shown in the second-half revival at Gillingham on Saturday, but insists he would have taken this scenario a few months ago.
 
He said: “If someone said to me in February, when we were rock bottom of the table, that going into the last game of the season: ‘win the last game and you’ll be safe’, then I’d have taken that.
 
“We need 90 minutes like that second 45 against Gillingham, absolutely blitzing them with temp and aggression. We didn’t start well at all. It’s so strange and it’s hard to put your finger on what caused it. “
 
Fleetwood head into Saturday’s final game at Kingsmeadow with nothing left to play for, having suffered a 3-1 home loss to Chesterfield at the weekend.

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