Ak­in­fenwa de­nies the in­jury-hit Glovers

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Spit­tles

YEOVIL boss Paul Stur­rock was left curs­ing Lady Luck as AFC Wim­ble­don hit back to earn a point.

Al­ready with­out eight play­ers, the Glovers lost cen­tre-back Alex Lacey as he limped out of the pre-match warm-up.

And af­ter tak­ing the lead through Ryan Bird, when he headed in from Omar Sowunmi’s flick, the home side then saw the lat­ter taken off on a stretcher with an an­kle in­jury.

His de­par­ture badly dis­rupted Yeovil and as Wim­ble­don then took con­trol of the game, they de­servedly lev­elled through Bayo Ak­in­fenwa.

Yeovil boss Stur­rock said: “It doesn’t get any eas­ier when you lose your cen­tre­back in the warm-up and then you lose your striker to in­jury just af­ter half-time.

“Omar was caus­ing them all sorts of prob­lems be­fore he was car­ried off and we just haven’t got the squad to cope with all these in­juries.

“It was backs to the wall af­ter Omar went off and I think in the end a point each was about right.

“The way the sea­son is un­fold­ing I can’t be­lieve how many in­juries we are suf­fer­ing but I’ve got to re­main pos­i­tive.”

The visi­tors started the game brightly and then fin­ished strongly, with Paul Robin­son head­ing against the bar be­fore Ak­in­fenwa’s equaliser.

Boss Neal Ard­ley said: “It would have been a trav­esty if we hadn’t equalised be­cause we had three great chances early on, then hit the post, hit the bar in the sec­ond half and also had a shot cleared off the line.

“They posed a threat from long throws with the big man Sowunmi when he was on but I can’t un­der­stand how we haven’t won the game.

“The play­ers are dis­ap­pointed that we haven’t won but all I can ask for is a high level of per­for­mance and I felt I got that here.

“Bayo is al­ways a threat and we work very hard at our set-pieces. He’s done well to shake off his marker and get the equaliser.”

Wim­ble­don saw an early shot from Ge­orge Fran­comb cleared off the line by Yeovil de­fender Con­nor Roberts be­fore Tom El­liott’s ef­fort was saved by Ar­tur Krysiak.

But it was Yeovil who took the lead as Roberts’ long throw was flicked on by Sowunmi and then pow­er­fully headed in by Bird.

Be­fore the break, Wim­ble­don midfielder Jake Reeves struck a post and then just af­ter the in­ter­val Sowunmi was forced off, in­jured in a chal­lenge with de­fender Will Nightin­gale.

The visi­tors then dom­i­nated and got their re­ward when Fran­comb’s cor­ner was headed in by Ak­in­fenwa from close range af­ter goal­keeper Krysiak mis­judged the de­liv­ery.

STAR MAN OMAR SOWUN

MI Yeovil

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