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Rewind: Wyke’s debut goal sparked much-needed League 2 win

A memorable away day from 2014

4 January 2021

Charlie Wyke wasted little time making his mark in Wimbledon colours exactly seven years ago, as his debut goal helped the Dons to an important win.

On 4 January 2014, the Dons came back from Adams Park with a morale-boosting 3-0 victory, ending a barren run of eight league games without a win. Wyke’s downward header bounced over the line in the 52nd minute after he got on the end of a well delivered free-kick by Sammy Moore, who slotted home superbly for number two.

In a frantic finale, Wycombe’s Anthony Stewart was shown a second yellow card for a professional foul on Kevin Sainte-Luce, allowing Jack Midson to fire home the subsequent penalty, and there was also time for Jim Fenlon to be shown a straight red card in injury-time.

The victory moved Wimbledon up to 14th in League 2, and breathed new life into the campaign after a difficult spell, the travelling Dons celebrating in the end where all three goals were scored. 

Speaking afterwards, Neal Ardley said: "You've got to enjoy days like today. As a group we were flat after the Dagenham game, as we dominated the game and came away with nothing. I thought Jack Midson was absolutely phenomenal today - credit to him as he has had a tough year.

"If you keep giving confidence to the players, it will turn. It's come good and we will rest now and enjoy this and come back strongly again."

Wimbledon ended the season in 20th place in League 2, though the Dons would have finished 16th if it hadn’t been for a points deduction. After steadily improving Wimbledon’s league position, Neal Ardley built a squad that delivered promotion in style two years later with a play-off win at Wembley.

The picture above shows Sammy Moore celebrating with Charlie Wyke after his goal at Adams Park and you can watch the highlights below.

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