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Brute strength & Unpredictability: Three AFC Wimbledon stars to watch against Sunderland today

Anyone who remembers the away trip at Wimbledon earlier in the season will recall how rugged and tough they are - and in these three key players we face a tough task should the game play in their favour.


Joe Pigott

League One Games/Goals: 23/5

The former Charlton youngster had to make his way back to League football the hard way following his release from The Valley.

Signed exactly one year ago from National League outfit Maidstone United, Pigott is a late bloomer who has shot to prominence since his move back to League One where he has bagged seven goals already this term - including one against us earlier this season at Kingsmeadow during our 2-1 away win.

The 25-year-old is another centre forward with aerial ability that will challenge a Sunderland defence that has been leaky for several weeks now. He’s a handful and the likes of Jimmy Dunne will have to be prepared for a battle with the striker as he attempts to cause chaos in the six-yard area.

Scott Wagstaff

League One Games/Goals: 21/4

The 28-year-old midfielder is beginning to return to the form that saw him highly rated as a youngster and is enjoying his best season for some years.

Wagstaff comes into the game at the Stadium of Light on the back of a brace in AFC Wimbledon’s shock FA Cup win over Premier League side West Ham - both of which can be watched below.

Capable of playing on the wing, or as a number ten, the Middlesbrough-supporting midfielder joined The Dons in the summer following an unsuccessful spell at Gillingham.

Wagstaff does have a wealth of experience in both the Championship and League One and, as shown in the win over West Ham, can turn in a performance of the very highest quality of his day.

Mitch Pinnock

League One Games/Goals: 24/3

Another player plucked from non-league football, Pinnock has adjusted to life in League One with consummate ease.

Despite interest in the 23-year-old from other League One teams, former manager Neil Ardley won the race for his signature from National League side Dover Athletic, where he has netted eight goals the season previous - including a ludicrous overhead kick which can be viewed below.

As stated above, he’s another player on the books of AFC Wimbledon who have had to make their way into league football via the lower leagues, appearing for Maidstone United and Kingstonian, but his move to Dover in 2016 is when he really rose to prominence.

At 6’3, he’s abnormally tall for a winger, but is perhaps best described as an athlete. He can cover ground, get around the pitch with ease and he’s versatile. His biggest asset is his crossing ability, so Adam Matthews/Luke O’Nien will need to be vigilant in preventing him finding too much space down the left hand side.

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