Red for Lewis has Wild Thing in a spin

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Wright

To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­ 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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