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Here are the THREE Wimbledon players capable of harming Sunderland’s chances of winning today

Sunderland face the Dons in our upcoming League One clash at the Stadium of Light this weekend - but who are the key players for the opposition? Take a look...

AFC Wimbledon v Milton Keynes Dons - Carabao Cup First Round Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images

Luke O’Neill

19/20 Games/Goals: 5/2

The summer signing has started like a steam train at his new club and had slotted into Wally Downes 3-5-2 formation perfectly as a right wing-back.

He’s already endeared himself to Dons’ supporters after notching a ninety fourth minute equaliser against the club known by Wimbledon fans simply as “The Franchise” at Kingsmeadow in the first round of the League Cup. He’s also fond of a long range screamer, as showcased during his two years at Gillingham.

The Dons swooped for O’Neill on a Bosman free deal after losing their star right-back Toby Sibbock to Championship newcomers Barnsley in the summer. The early season form of O’Neill is proving his signing was a shrewd decision. He’s an experienced campaigner at this level and very much in the mould of a ‘modern’ right back.


Scott Wagstaff

19/20 Games/Goals: 3/1

Named as The Dons’ key player in our League One preview earlier this month, the former Charlton Atheltic man has, like his team, started the season slowly. Recent weeks have shown improvement and Wagstaff opened the scoring in the League Cup clash against rivals Milton Keynes.

Mainly operating in the number ten role, the Middlesbrough-supporting midfielder joined The Dons last summer following an unsuccessful spell at Gillingham and went on to have one of his best seasons in recent memory, including a man of the match performance during their shock FA Cup win over West Ham.

Wagstaff does have a wealth of experience in both the Championship and League One and, on his day, can be AFC Wimbledon’s game changer.


Joe Piggott

19/20 Games/Goals: 5/1

Signed from non-league Maidstone United eighteen months ago, the brute strength and unpredictability of striker Piggott has endeared him to Dons fans, who identify him as one of their key players.

He has a record at AFC Wimbledon of approximately one goal every three games and the 6’2” target man is a real figurehead up top for The Dons.

Whilst his team have made a slow start, Piggott is already off the mark this season and he’ll be looking to notch at the Stadium of Light to enhance his growing reputation and aid in his team’s search for points.