Dom the bomb as Dons get first win

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Aaron Paul

MAN­AGER Neal Ard­ley in­sists there is more to come from AFC Wim­ble­don in their first sea­son in League One af­ter read­ily ad­mit­ting their last-gasp vic­tory over Ch­ester­field was not a per­fect per­for­mance.

Do­minic Poleon swiv­elled and fired home in in­jury time to hand the Dons their first-ever win in the divi­sion, de­spite Ch­ester­field hold­ing the edge for much of the game.

De­fender Paul Robin­son had equalised with a header af­ter a Dar­ius Charles own goal saw the Spire­ites lead at the break.

Ard­ley said: “We are de­lighted. We’ve had games ear­lier in the sea­son where we felt we’ve played well and we haven’t got what we de­served.

“I’m not go­ing to tell you we played well, but maybe it’s a lit­tle bit of luck that we’ve fi­nally got three points on the board.

“There’s loads we still need to get bet­ter at, we’re up a level, and you can see that in the way that some of the op­po­si­tion have got on top of us at times.

“But there’s rea­sons for that in the first half and we’ll ad­dress them dur­ing the week.

“There’s so many things we didn’t do right in the first half, we’re a high-tempo team.

“We like to get at teams, we like to at­tack them and we do a lot of the stuff that’s in be­tween the teams re­ally well.”

The first half was short of ac­tion but it was the vis­i­tors who looked the more threat­en­ing. And Sam Hird found the open­ing as he headed a cor­ner that de­flected off Charles and went down as an own goal.

Af­ter the break the Dons found an equaliser against the run of play. De­fender Robin­son latched onto a Ge­orge Fran­comb cor­ner and guided the ball past Ch­ester­field keeper Ryan Ful­ton.

And the Dons found a win­ner in the first minute of in­jury time when sub­sti­tute Poleon struck.

“We’ve got a lit­tle bit of a prob­lem at the mo­ment in terms of our de­fen­sive work. It might be time to strip it back and try and get some clean sheets to give us some con­fi­dence,” said Ch­ester­field boss Danny Wil­son.

“We shouldn’t have to be scor­ing four or five goals to win games.

“We got our­selves in front at 1-0 and in my opin­ion it was well de­served.

“Sec­ond half we’ve had four gilt-edged chances to put the game be­yond them and we’ve not taken them, and again we’ve been un­done by a cor­ner in the last few min­utes.”


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