Match Report: AFC Wimbledon 0 – 1 Shrewsbury Town

Shrewsbury Town steal all three points in stoppage time as Leon Clarke nets his first goal for the club.

It appeared
to be heading for a stalemate – but veteran striker Leon Clarke arrived on the scene
in the 91st minute to seal Shrewsbury’s first victory of the 2020/21
campaign.

AFC
Wimbledon will be mightily disappointed to end up with nothing as they were the
better side for the majority of the contest.

It was
Town’s first league game in a fortnight as last weekend’s scheduled fixture
against Doncaster Rovers was called off owing to international call-ups.

Sam Ricketts
made four changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Gillingham. He handed league
debuts to Dejan Iliev and Jan Zamburek, whilst Ro Shaun-Williams and Jason
Cummings returned to the eleven. Australian defender Matt Millar was not in the
squad – neither were Marlon Fossey and Donald Love.

Jason
Cummings has a point to prove with the former Nottingham Forest man struggling
for a run of league games. He impressed early on – stretching the Dons backline
as the visitors started brightly.

But with 15
minutes on the clock, it was Glyn Hodges’ side that had the first chance of
note. Birmingham City loanee Steve Seddon’s delivery was met by Joe Pigott; but
his header was claimed by Macedonian Dejan Iliev.

Shrewsbury
were beginning to feel the pressure and both Aaron Pierre and Ethan
Ebanks-Landell were in the book early on for cynical challenges.

Town were
almost the architects of their own downfall as Jan Zamburek was robbed in
possession. The ball eventually found Ryan Longman who glided into the box; but
the Brighton loanee dragged his effort wide.

Sam
Ricketts’ side seemed intent on gifting AFC Wimbledon the opener. This time
Ethan Ebanks-Landell stalled on the ball – and Steve McLaughlin’s strike was
eventually blocked.

Then Ryan
Longman crossed for Steve Seddon who was lurking at the back stick. Dejan Iliev
was forced into a fine stop to deny the winger.

Shrewsbury
finally got a foothold. Ryan Barnett’s expert delivery was seized upon by Jason
Cummings and the Scot’s sharp turn resulted in a deflected strike.

The second
period began in the same vain with AFC Wimbledon in the ascendency. Joe
Piggott’s drive was goal bound but it wiped out his teammate instead.

At the other
end, Jason Cummings looked odds on to break the deadlock, but he couldn’t quite
sort his feet out.

Yet AFC
Wimbledon continued to create the better opportunities. Dejan Iliev flew across
his goal to claw away Pigott’s long range shot.

From the
resulting corner, centre half Terell Thomas saw his looping header just about
evade the target – thanks to a sea of bodies in the area.

Glyn Hodges
probably knew what was going to happen next. For all their dominance they
couldn’t convert, and Town stole the win in the 91st minute.

Josh Vela’s
corner was helped on by a Dons defender and Leon Clarke found space to prod the
ball beyond Connal Trueman.

Sam Ricketts
will be delighted with the maiden win of the season; although he may be slightly
annoyed with the performance.

Town are at
home to Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night, whilst AFC Wimbledon visit Hull City.

Team Line
Ups

AFC
Wimbledon

1. Trueman, 2. O’Neill, 6. Thomas, 3. Csoka, 19. McLaughlin, 4. Woodyard, 16. Oksanen, 11. Chislett, 42. Seddon, 29. Longman (84), 39. Pigott,

Subs: 7. Alexander, 10. Roscrow (84), 12. Rudoni, 13. Tzanev, 18. Guinness-Walker, 30. Kalambayi, 33. Reilly

Subs Not
Used:

7.
Alexander, 12. Rudoni, 13. Tzanev, 18. Guinness-Walker, 30. Kalambayi, 33.
Reilly

Shrewsbury
Town

33. Iliev,
5. Williams, 24. Ebanks-Landell, 2. Pierre, 3. Golbourne, 13. Zamburek (63), 8.
Norburn, 10. Vela, 19. Barnett (84), 11. Clarke, 35. Cummings (76)

Subs: 1. Burgoyne, 16. Walker (63), 20. Tracey, 22. Daniels, 23. Udoh (76), 25. High (84), 30. Caton

Subs Not Used: 1. Burgoyne, 20. Tracey, 22. Daniels, 30. Caton

Other League
One Results:

Bristol Rovers 1 – 1 Burton
Charlton 1 – 0 Wigan
Crewe 1 – 1 Blackpool
Fleetwood 0 – 0 Lincoln
Ipswich 2 – 0 Accrington
MK Dons 2 – 0 Gillingham
Peterborough 2 – 0 Oxford
Plymouth 2 – 1 Northampton
Portsmouth 0 – 1 Doncaster
Rochdale 0 – 3 Hull
Swindon 0 – 2 Sunderland

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