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Dons held to frustrating draw

The points are shared at Plough Lane

25 October 2022

Match Reports

Dons held to frustrating draw

The points are shared at Plough Lane

25 October 2022

Our side were made to settle for a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night as we were held by a stubborn Crewe Alexandra.

Ayoub Assal got us off to the perfect start just shy of half-time as he tapped home from close range, however the Railwaymen then equalised against the run of play through Rio Adebisi’s header.

We then passed up a huge opportunity to take all three points as Josh Davison saw his penalty kick saved after Ethan Chislett was felled in the area.

This visibly affected our side in the closing stages and in the end it was a share of the spoils for both teams after another promising performance from Johnnie Jackson’s men.

There was one change to the side which beat Rochdale 2-1 as Paris Maghoma returned from suspension in place of Alex Woodyard.

This meant that our skipper dropped to the bench in place of Alfie Bendle as we stuck with a 4-4-1-1 formation.

Plough Lane’s atmosphere was bubbling away nicely in the opening stages and it was the Dons who were first to threaten to open the scoring as Harry Pell saw a free-kick comfortably saved from 35 yards.

Assal then cheekily backheeled the ball through an opposing defender’s legs before Jack Currie saw his low cross hacked clear as the pressure grew on the visitors.

Pell and Davison’s link-up as an abstract front two was proving to be effective again as the former found the latter with a long ball that the latter fired just wide.

Our number eight then came even closer to opening the scoring as his rising effort forced Arthur Okonkwo into a great save. However the Railwaymen wouldn’t be let off as lightly the next time as a corner came in which led to Assal firing home from barely a yard out after an initial effort had been saved.

After heading in at 1-0 Wimbledon’s task was to extend their lead whilst they were on top. It was a task that they went about quickly with Assal coming close to doubling his tally as he headed Currie’s looping ball wide.

Crewe then had their first meaningful effort of the half as Dan Agyei fired in a deflected effort that whistled past Nik Tzanev’s left post.

The Dons didn’t heed the warning that came their way however as some sloppy play led to an equaliser. A corner was cleared at the first attempt before a cross was allowed to be knocked back into the area for Adebisi to head home via a post.

Our side came back at the visitors soon after with Ryley Towler heading inches wide from Ethan Chislett’s well delivered free-kick.

We then had a brilliant chance to take the lead as Chislett was hauled down in the box. Davison took the resulting spot kick with his effort being saved by Okonkwo. The disappointment of the miss clearly affected our side’s momentum and in the end we had to settle for a draw.

AFC Wimbledon: Nik Tzanev, Chris Gunter, Lee Brown (Alex Woodyard), Harry Pell, Josh Davison, Ayoub Assal, Ethan Chislett (Courtney Senior), Ryley Towler, Paris Maghoma, Jack Currie, Paul Kalambayi

PICS: Ian Stephen (Pro Sports Images)

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