Goals could be in short supply in Tuesday's FA Cup replay at Kingsmeadow.
Wimbledon v Bury - Tuesday 19:45
The FA Cup provided some much-needed respite for David Flitcroft last season and the pattern of their results in League One this term is leading them down a similar path. Third in the middle of October when the played column hit double figures, the Shakers’ campaign has once again taken an alarming nosedive and the mood around Gigg Lane is now largely dependent on their knockout exploits.
Last season, while on a desperate run of nine defeats in 12 league outings, they reached the fourth round of this competition without conceding a goal in 390 minutes against Wigan, Rochdale and Bradford. Now they have to do something drastic in the wake of Saturday’s 4-1 thrasing at home to Southend. Expect Flitcroft to batten down the hatches at Kingsmeadow.
It’s an advisable strategy for two reasons: 1) confidence is brittle and Bury simply cannot be trusted to come out on top of an open encounter right now, and 2) Wimbledon aren’t the most creative side out there, they usually prey on others’ weaknesses but tend to be short of answers when opponents set up to frustrate them.
Saturday’s goalless draw at Oldham was a fine case in point and Neal Ardley’s admission that the Latics had negated the strengths of his team well should be the cue for Flitcroft to try and replicate the blueprint. Take the 3/1 avilable on under 1.5 goals and stick a point on no goalscorer at 12/1. The Shakers might be prepared to take this one all the way to penalties.