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We're going to have a go, says Ardley

Filed: Tuesday, 28th August 2018
By: Staff Writer

Wimbledon manager Neil Ardley says that his Wimbledon team are looking forward to providing a Cup shock for the TV cameras.

West Ham visit the League One side tonight knowing that the game is being broadcast live, with TV broadcasters sniffing a potential upset.

However Ardley also admitted that his Wimbledon team know very little about West Ham and their raft of new players.

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"It is a freebie," he told Wimbledon's website. "We are not going to get too hung up on trying to contain them. They are a good team, but we need to have a go at them as well.

"We will try to get the balance right and make it an exciting night. It is a Cup game under the lights with the TV cameras there and we will do our very best.

"We've had only one day [to prepare] for this match and even then it was hard to put a full-blown training session on. We will do a lot of video work in preparation.

"We will not know the players who are going to play and so we'll prepare for the philosophy and the quality."

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Ardley, whose team go into the game 15th in League One also believes West Ham have been harshly criticised for their poor start to the season, which has seen Manuel Pellegrini's team lose their opening three matches of the season.

"They've played Liverpool and Arsenal away and when you see those fixtures you don't expect nine points," he added. "You maybe expect to win your home game in between.

"They've got exceptional players, they've signed some very good ones, and they have a world class manager. Even if they rest some of the first-team, putting their subs in and the rest of their squad, they are still going to be very good.

"I believe West Ham will have a good season, they will get it right. Hopefully they will come into this game trying to find the right sort of key and because of that we can give them a really good game.

"We will not let the fact that we've had a defeat or two hinder the way we go about the game. We will try to send the boys out with an intent to have a good go."

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