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Dons sucker punched at the death

A point a piece at the Cherry Red Records Stadium

16 September 2023

Match Reports

Dons sucker punched at the death

A point a piece at the Cherry Red Records Stadium

16 September 2023

AFC Wimbledon saw a lead slip once again as Crewe Alexandra fought back to earn a 2-2 draw on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Josh Neufville and James Tilley had put us in a commanding position heading into half-time before Joel Tabiner halved the deficit not long into the second period.

The game remained open though with both sides creating openings up until the match headed into stoppage time.

Amidst widespread confusion over how much time was added on by the officials it was Crewe who found an equaliser, with Elliott Nevitt squeezing in a shot from a tight angle.

It was a sucker punch that feels all too familiar for the Dons who will be looking to bounce back away at Walsall next weekend.

Johnnie Jackson made four changes to the side which lost 2-1 to Stockport County as Ali Al-Hamadi, Omar Bugiel, Jack Currie and Joe Lewis all came in for Josh Davison, Harry Pell, Lee Brown and Alex Pearce.

Meanwhile, Connor Evans was named amongst the substitutes after missing out in the previous game against his parent club.

Neufville, Al-Hamadi and Tilley all had shots blocked in the opening 10 minutes as the Dons started brightly.

We then had the best chance of the first-half as Al-Hamadi won the ball back high before squaring to Tilley who was free in the area, but our number seven could only screw his effort wide under little pressure.

It was the men in yellow and blue who went on to get the breakthrough we deserved, with Al-Hamadi having a big involvement again. Our number 10 surged down the right before smashing the ball across for Neufville to fire his first competitive Wimbledon goal into the net.

Lakin was next to have a go as he saw a curling effort saved as we pressed to exert our dominance past the half hour mark. It took less than 10 minutes for Tilley to get in on the act as we doubled our lead. The winger composed himself inside the area before firing low through a crowd of bodies.

It was almost three not long after as a Crewe defender came close to heading into his own net. Bugiel came even closer as his low effort shaved the far post before the half-time whistle sounded.  

It was the visitors who started the quicker of the two sides in the second-half and that resulted in a goal back for Crewe after a cross found its way to the back post for Tabiner to tap home unchallenged.

We responded well with Bugiel going close as he headed over a corner. Neufville also fired off target following good approach play.

Aron Sasu was introduced in the closing stages and came close to scoring his first senior goal as he jinked inside and saw a rasping drive fly just over the bar. It mattered little though as it was Crewe who scored extremely deep into stoppage time through Elliott Nevitt as the visitors took a share of the spoils.

AFC Wimbledon: Alex Bass, Ryan Johnson, James Tilley (Josh Davison), Ali Al-Hamadi, Josh Neufville (Aron Sasu), James Ball (Harry Pell), Omar Bugiel (Connor Evans), Charlie Lakin, Jack Currie (Lee Brown), Joe Lewis, Isaac Ogundere

Attendance: 8,147 (619 away)

PICS: Ian Stephen (Pro Sports Images)

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