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AFC Wimbledon boss Terry Brown wants to retain squad

Terry Brown
Brown has been manager at AFC Wimbledon since 2007

AFC Wimbledon manager Terry Brown is confident of keeping his squad intact, even if the Dons lose their Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final.

Brown's side meet Luton at Eastlands on Saturday with both sides bidding to join Crawley in the Football League.

He told BBC London 94.9: "I guarantee that we'll keep at least 90% of our squad whatever happens.

"It won't matter what league we're in. If we reach League Two we'll do it with this group. I've got faith in them."

Brown added: "When I sat down with the chairman a few years ago it was decided that we were going to build a side. That can only work with continuity.

"This year I've made less changes than I've ever made in the time I've been here and I'll be keeping the vast nucleus of this squad. You can't have continuity and build a side unless you keep your players."

Luton thrashed Dons 3-0 when the two sides met in September in the league, and Brown's team only managed a point against them in the return fixture at Kingsmeadow in January.

But Wimbledon finished the regular season six points above third-place Hatters in the Blue Square Bet Premier table, and Brown believes they have the advantage going into the final.

"We're better than when we played Luton. We've brought in Jamie Stuart, Kaid Mohamed and James Mulley, we've got Lee Minshull fit now. We're playing better now than we've played all year.

"If I look at the Luton side it's the same bar Andy Drury who's a big loss to them. They miss a bit of his flair.

"So I have no doubt whatsoever that we go into this game with the best side that I've ever worked with and a great opportunity of winning on Saturday."



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