Red for Lewis has Wild Thing in a spin
To comment on this match go to http://boards.footymad.net/ LUKE Moore’s header gave AFC Wimbledon a first win of the new season but it was the sending-off of Wycombe captain Stuart Lewis that was the major talking point – a decision both managers deemed harsh.
Lewis’ tackle on George Porter in the 34th minute looked high but both teams looked surprised to see the red card come out.
The Dons were on top at the time and took advantage with Moore’s winner coming within minutes of the dismissal before nervously grinding out the three points.
Their boss Neal Ardley said: “I can see why he sent him off because it was a very high challenge and a late challenge, but if I was Gareth (Ainsworth) I’d probably be disappointed.
“At that time I don’t think it had been a particularly nasty game and I would have been disappointed had it happened to us.
"I thought in the first half the tempo of our play was excellent – we caused them a lot of problems and there was a lot more pace about us than in midweek.
“Even when it was 11 v 11 I thought we were the better team.”
Wimbledon began brightly and worked Matt Ingram in the seventh minute when Porter’s effort was tipped away by the Wycombe keeper.
Then came the game’s controversial moment as Lewis’ challenge near the half-way line was deemed worthy of a red card by referee Gavin Ward.
Within three minutes, the Dons went into a deserved lead when Moore flicked Callum Kennedy’s cross into the far corner with a precise header.
Despite being a man light, the visitors almost drew level before halftime as Jon-Paul Pittman produced a good save by Ross Worner.
The hosts laboured in the second half as Wycombe made them sweat but they almost added a superb second goal in stoppage time as substitute Chris Arthur’s chip came off the bar.
Wycombe boss Gareth ‘Wild Thing’ Ainsworth was unsure whether to appeal Lewis sending off, saying:“I’ll be without my skipper for three games.
“I know red cards have been rescinded in the past but I’ll have to look at it on the video myself.
“It was not a sendingoff in my opinion, but mine doesn’t count and the referee’s does.
“All of my players didn’t think it was one and I’ve spoken to Neal and he said ‘very harsh’.
“It’s hard to play with ten men, especially for 70 minutes, but the boys did themselves proud and you could see we were equal to them in the second half.”
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