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Striker options for Saturday

14 April 2016

Mark Yates on forward moves ahead of AFC Wimbledon game

Mark Yates is confident his fit strikers can cause AFC Wimbledon problems when Reds go to Kingsmeadow on Saturday.


The boss will have to make at least one change up front after Matt Harrold underwent knee surgery on Thursday and will be sidelined for the rest of the campaign.



On-loan Liam McAlinden is back at his parent club Wolves having treatment on the hamstring problem which forced him off against Exeter on Easter Monday.

Liam is likely to be available for the last two or three games of the season.


That leaves Shamir Fenelon, Lee Barnard, Roarie Deacon and Gavin Tomlin with the responsibility of getting the goals against the play-off chasing Dons.


Mark said: “Missing two strikers is not ideal at the best of times but there are five games left and the four lads who can play up front have five games to show that they deserve the chance to be here next season.


“They are all out of contract at the end of the season and this is a chance for them. It’s up to them to grab it, starting on Saturday.”


Reds will be backed by more than 400 fans at Kingsmeadow after the club’s initial ticket allocation sold out.


Mark added: “We’ll be well supported – I appreciate it’s a local derby for us and I know Crawley and Wimbledon had some big battles back in the Conference days.


“Those fans will demand a big performance from us and we have to deliver.”


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