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Report: AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Blackpool

27 October 2020

Blackpool fell to a narrow defeat in the capital as a frustrating evening saw AFC Wimbledon claim all three points.

Callum Reilly’s first half strike condemned the Seasiders to defeat, as Glyn Hodges side earned their first home win of the campaign against nine men Pool following the dismissals to Ethan Robson and Dan Ballard.

Neil Critchley’s side were looking to claim their second consecutive win in a matter of days, after Sullay Kaikai’s second half strike earned the Seasiders an important three points against MK Dons.

The visitors made four changes from Saturday’s victory at Bloomfield Road. Dan Kemp and Oliver Šarkić were handed their first League starts in Tangerine, whilst Ethan Robson and Gary Madine also came into the side for Grant Ward and Jerry Yates.

Blackpool started brightly at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium and came close to taking the lead inside 10 minutes. Kaikai’s dangerous free-kick was met by Madine in the box, but AFC Wimbledon goalkeeper Connal Trueman was there to deny the striker his first League goal of the campaign.

Glyn Hodges side, who were searching for their first home win of the campaign, took the lead with their first shot on target. Callum Reilly cut inside and found space in the box, before firing a low left-footed effort past Chris Maxwell to give the hosts the advantage early on.

The Seasiders responded well in search of their equaliser. Madine, who was a constant threat throughout, cushioned the ball into the path of Šarkić, with the latter’s effort forcing another save out of Trueman.

Critchley’s side were dealt another blow before the interval. Blackpool were reduced to ten men after Robson was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Reilly. Grant Ward was introduced from the bench to make up the numbers in midfield.

Half-time: AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Blackpool

The Seasiders continued to battle in the search for an equaliser in the second half. Ward’s delivery was met by Madine at the back post, but the forward’s header was well blocked by a resolute AFC Wimbledon defence.

The hosts had a chance of their own as they looked to extend their lead. Pigott fired an effort towards goal, but Maxwell was there to produce a fantastic save to deny the striker his fourth goal of the season.

CJ Hamilton came on for Blackpool and provided an instant threat on the right-hand side. The winger utilised his breath-taking pace to get past the opponents’ defence, but his effort went wide of the post.

The Seasiders would play the remaining 15 minutes with nine men. Dan Ballard was shown a straight red card for a supposed off the ball collision.

Despite late chances falling to Demetri Mitchell and Hamilton, AFC Wimbledon held on to grab all three points on a frustrating evening at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Full time: AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Blackpool

Team: Maxwell, Turton, Ekpiteta, Ballard, Mitchell, Williams, Robson, Šarkić (Ward 30’), Kemp, (Hamilton 70’) Madine, Kaikai (Woodburn 55’)

Subs: Sims, Gabriel, Yates, Grétarsson


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