AFC Wimbledon 1 Charlton Athletic 2
Huge, huge win.
Scenes in my kitchen when after a goalmouth scramble Igor Vetokele got the last touch to force the ball over the line to give us our first win for a month. A massive 3 points especially with Peterborough and Blackpool losing and Donny drawing.
However it was a turgid 1st half performance from the Addicks, and the Dons were worthy leaders at half-time, although Lyle Taylor missed what seemed an open goal on his old patch.
At the beginning of the 2nd half Lee Bowyer was sent off. I’m sure it won’t be his last time. This moment appeared to galvanize players and fans as we finally started to tick, not in anyway like a Swiss timepiece but better than recently. Our midfielders started to win individual battles and we began to create chances.
Joe Aribo was again good. Unusually, at least by our standards, we have player in Joe that has come back from injury and looks to have gone up a notch. On 51 minutes Taylor was fouled on the edge of the box. Up stepped Naby Sarr whose beautiful left foot caressed the ball up and over the wall and into the top right corner of the net. Naby is a true renaissance man.
We then took control of the middle third and the enigma that is Tarique Fosu gave us further impetus when he came on. There were chances missed and saved.
With other games ending, Fosu had a great shot saved that went for a corner. Another attack was thwarted and we had another corner. Our 10th. It was cleared but the ball was sent back in by Sarr, then who knows what happened, but Igor got his head to the stray ball and it went in. Limbs in the away end.
A much needed win, and a goal that bounce-backs are made off.
By some quirk of fate, I will be at Doncaster on Saturday. COYR.
Addicks at The Cherry Red Records Stadium:
Bow: “I’ll put my house on Naby taken the next one on Saturday. He’s got a beautiful left-foot. Great finish, top-corner. He’s a centre-half. It’s crazy to think.”
Elsewhere: In an early game Doncaster drew at Scunthorpe but later Blackpool lost at home to Oxford and Peterborough likewise at home to Shrewsbury. Portsmouth and Barnsley was 0-0 but Sunderland won at Bristol Rovers. Luton host Coventry tomorrow.
Great result but 2 goals from set plays is a worry. We appear to be toothless in open play. Hopefully Vetokele’s goal will improve his confidence and make him a viable partner for Taylor. Williams continues to look good but is not producing much, Cullen is not back to his pre-injury form but Bielik will return next week.
Poor performance against a poor team. The occasion was too big for Lyle Taylor, tried to do too much on a few occasions against his former club. The next 2-3 fixtures will be a better barometer of where we are.