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Dons denied after crazy five-minute spell

A point apiece at Plough Lane

26 December 2022

Match Reports

Dons denied after crazy five-minute spell

A point apiece at Plough Lane

26 December 2022

AFC Wimbledon missed out on another home victory in Sky Bet League Two as Newport County came away with a 1-1 draw.

Ethan Chislett’s brilliant free-kick looked to have set us on our way to successive home wins, before Kyle Hudlin was shown a straight red card after an off the ball clash with Newport's Mickey Demetriou, who was shown a yellow.

A mad five minutes would then get worse for our side as referee Paul Howard pointed to the spot after Huseyin Biler appeared to win the ball off Nathan Moriah-Welsh. Offrande Zanzala scored the penalty, meaning we were in for nervy final quarter.

Nevertheless, the Dons stood up to the task of seeing out the game well, meaning that we are now nine games unbeaten heading into our final game of the year against Colchester United.

Johnnie Jackson made several changes to the side which lost on penalties to Plymouth Argyle, with Nik Tzanev, Huseyin Biler, Harry Pell and Chislett all being restored to the starting line-up.

This meant that Nathan Broome, Chris Gunter, Alfie Bendle and Courtney Senior dropped to the bench, where they were joined by the returning Nathan Young-Coombes and Lee Brown.

There was an early chance for Hudlin, with the towering frontman heading wide following a Chislett free-kick. We were then forced into making two expert clearances off the line before half-time as Newport applied some physical pressure.

Despite this, it was the Dons who would take the lead as Chislett came up with the goods once again. The South African midfielder lined-up a free-kick on the far side before curling the ball over everyone and into the top corner.

Wimbledon appeared to be heading to a valuable Boxing Day victory, but then the match turned dramatically when Hudlin was deemed by the referee to be the aggressor and he was shown a straight red card for violent conduct. 

There was much worse to come from a Wimbledon perspective. Biler was then adjudged to have fouled Moriah-Welsh in the penalty area, with Zanzala tucking away the subsequent spot-kick, after all in yellow and blue had expressed their frustrations. 

The Dons came away with a share of the spoils in the end, but there was a feeling that it was a real missed opportunity to edge closer to the play-off zone.

AFC Wimbledon: Nik Tzanev, Alex Woodyard, Harry Pell, Josh Davison, Ayoub Assal (Nathan Young-Coombes), Ethan Chislett, Ryley Towler, Kyle Hudlin, Huseyin Biler, Jack Currie, Paul Kalambayi

PICS: Ian Stephen (Pro Sports Images)


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