Last-gasp goal hits late­com­ers of York

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Paddy Roberts

RUSS Wil­cox was left curs­ing York’s luck af­ter a Jack Smith’s last-gasp vol­ley con­signed them to de­feat at Wim­ble­don.

The vis­i­tors prepa­ra­tions were ham­pered by a traf­fic de­lay and they got off to a slow start when Ad­edeji Oshi­laja headed in his first pro­fes­sional league goal for the Dons.

Jake Hyde equalised on the stroke of half-time but Wil­cox’s side spurned sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to leave them only two points off the drop zone.

“It’s a cruel game. A very, very cruel game,” Wil­cox said.

“We talk about last­minute goals and beat the drum with it but what can you do about that? I’m not sure what you can do about that?

“For me, over 90 min­utes, we’ve been the best side by a long chalk.We had the bet­ter of the chances to win the game so to not win is dis­ap­point­ing, to come away with noth­ing is dev­as­tat­ing.

“We were eight miles from the ground and it took an hour and 15 min­utes from there, and we didn’t ar­rive un­til 2.20pm, so prepa­ra­tion was poor.

“It was a hor­ri­ble game with a hor­ri­ble pitch and it was about play­ing per­cent­ages, try­ing to turn them around and put pres­sure on.

“In­di­vid­ual peo­ple have got to do their jobs bet­ter, as we did on Tues­day. Be bet­ter than the man you’re up against.

“It’s so dis­ap­point­ing but it’s my job to pick the play­ers up and go again for a huge game next week­end against Carlisle.”

A lively first half saw the hosts go in front when Cardiff loa­nee Oshi­laja rose to head in Ge­orge Fran­comb’s cor­ner.

Par­ity was re­stored when Dons keeper Joe McDon­nell fum­bled sub Emile Sin­clair’s cross and Jake Hyde con­verted af­ter a fran­tic scram­ble.

Sin­clair was left ru­ing a glar­ing miss, af­ter he had rounded McDon­nell, when Smith’s strike from the edge of the box was de­flected past Bobby Ole­jnik.

Dons boss Neal Ard­ley said:“The pitch is the worst it’s ever been and ev­ery­thing when we play at home at the mo­ment seems to be a scrap.

“When the play­ers are try­ing to play they keep giv­ing it away and play­ing it in wrong ar­eas, so at half time I said they need to play a scrappy game.

“We shot our­selves in the foot con­ced­ing just be­fore half time but I think 1-1 prob­a­bly would have been a fair re­sult.

“Ob­vi­ously, when you’re down there that hap­pens, but we’ve played re­ally, re­ally well on sev­eral oc­ca­sions and not what got we de­served so I’ll hap­pily take this.

“I want to en­ter­tain, I want the fans to say wow we were good, like the first half at Lu­ton.

“Here we scrapped and scrapped and got a great mo­ment late on.”

STAR MAN ADEBA

YO AZEEZ AFC Wimbl

edon

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