Pompey: Ben Davies hoping AFC Wimbledon don’t sit back

Ben Davies. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ben Davies. Picture: Joe Pepler
Matty Kennedy. Pompey 1 Southend United 0. Fratton Park. League One. Saturday, November 18, 2017. Picture: Joe Pepler PPP-171119-145411001

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BEN DAVIES is hoping AFC Wimbledon don’t park the bus.

But the Pompey defender joked he wouldn’t be surprised to see the Dons go on the defensive, after witnessing a string of sides do just that at Fratton Park this season.

What do I expect on Sunday? It will be 11 men behind the ball most probably!

Ben Davies

Paul Cook’s men will look to improve their home form for Sunday’s Sky-televised clash with the Dons.

They will be aiming to do that against a side who have won their past three games in League Two.

AFC Wimbledon have scored goals freely so far this season, and also shipped them at the other end.

In a light-hearted reference to how most teams have set themselves up when they visit Pompey, Davies stated he is expecting Neal Ardley’s side to adopt a safety-first approach.

But the 34-year-old also has words of praise for Sunday’s opponents.

Davies said: ‘What do I expect on Sunday? It will be 11 men behind the ball most probably!

‘It’s probably disrespectful to say that, though, because Wimbledon been playing well.

‘It will be a good atmosphere. It’s a Sunday game and the cameras are here for it.

‘We’re looking forward to it. It’ll be a tough game like every game, but we know, if we play the way we can, we’ll beat teams.

‘It’s not going to be easy but we have to start putting our foot down in the league and closing the gap.’

Davies will be looking for Pompey to put to bed their recent inconsistencies in the Dons’ clash.

There has been quality shown by side in flashes for most of the season.

But the Blues have struggled to reach those levels on a regular basis.

Last weekend’s FA Cup meeting with Macclesfield was an example of Cook’s side failing to reach the heights they are capable of.

Davies said: ‘We played well up to when they scored.

‘Then we were sloppy but got the goal.

‘The second half we weren’t great with our possession.

‘We still had two or three good chances.

‘We should have won at Notts by two or three goal but lost.

‘We didn’t play well on Saturday but won. Swings and roundabouts.’

The Dons clash will be the last League Two fixture of the weekend, meaning Pompey will have points to make up on their rivals in the promotion race.

Davies is confident his team are capable of doing that, and will soon be hitting the kind of form that can see them put a string of results together.

Davies said: ‘We play on Sunday so will be fully aware of the results above us.

‘We just have to win our games. We think we are about to turn the corner and go on a decent run.

‘That’s what we have to keep believing in.

‘When we do click we will put teams away comfortably. It’s about getting the right balance to do that.’

- JORDAN CROSS