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Davison double lifts Dons

A welcome win for Wimbledon

1 October 2022

Match Reports

Davison double lifts Dons

A welcome win for Wimbledon

1 October 2022

Johnnie Jackson’s side banished their demons on Saturday afternoon as we marched onto a 2-1 victory over Colchester United.

A priceless brace for the hard-working Josh Davison eventually saw our side through to a first league win since August as we survived a late onslaught in stoppage time.

Colchester had originally taken the lead through Kwesi Appiah, only for the tide to swing our way again in the second-half, lifting both the crowd and the squad at a crucial stage of the game.

The hunger and the desire was there for all to see as our players fought for every ball right up until the full-time whistle.

We will now be aiming to build on this win with another busy schedule of games to come in the weeks to follow.

Chris Gunter returned to the starting 11 after being away on international duty with Wales, whilst Ryley Towler started in place of the injured Alex Pearce.

Meanwhile, new signing Courtney Senior was named amongst the substitutes for the game against his former club.

Emotions were high in the build up to kick-off as supporters, players and staff paid tribute to the late David McKnight, a loyal, hardworking volunteer who will be sorely missed.

Both sides struggled to maintain a good tempo in the opening quarter, but it was the visitors who would take the lead. A cross was lofted up to the back post with former Dons striker Appiah heading home.

The goal came as a result of a lack of organisation from our side who needed to find some confidence from somewhere to bounce back as we did at Bradford.

Jack Currie and Paris Maghoma were the first to come close, with both players firing wide of the upright after working good angles as we began to turn the screw.

The break came and went but our good spell continued into the second period and it was Wimbledon who would go on to equalise barely a few minutes after the restart. A ball found its way into the area for the waiting Davison to swivel and fire home.

Maghoma then swung in a cross that Currie headed back across into the opposing area – causing chaos in the process – however Colchester managed to scramble the ball away at the second attempt.

Nevertheless, the Dons would soon have their second, with Davison dispatching from the spot after Ayoub Assal was fouled in the penalty area.

Isaac Ogundere was in superb form once again for our side, timing his tackles to perfection and bravely driving forwards when the opportunities arose.

It was very much a backs to the wall job in the final 20 minutes, typified by a brilliant save from Nik Tzanev, but we battened down the hatches to secure a long overdue victory. 

AFC Wimbledon: Nik Tzanev, Chris Gunter, Lee Brown, Harry Pell, Josh Davison, Ayoub Assal, Ethan Chislett, Ryley Towler, Paris Maghoma (George Marsh), Jack Currie, Isaac Ogundere (Paul Kalambayi)

PICS: Ian Stephen (Pro Sports Images)

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