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12 March 2019 Venue The Cherry Red Records Stadium Attendance

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AFC Wimbledon v Posh | Match Preview

A look ahead to tonight’s clash at AFC Wimbledon.

12 March 2019

Peterborough United travel to London this evening to face AFC Wimbledon in Sky Bet League One action.

Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough United will look to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat at Bradford City this evening as they travel to AFC Wimbledon (7.45pm) in Sky Bet League One action.

A victory over the Dons could see Posh leapfrog Doncaster Rovers into the final play-off spot in the league table, but they will need to be at their best, Doncaster themselves were beaten 2-0 by Wally Downes men at the weekend.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are without the services of defender Josh Knight and midfielder Siriki Dembele but both players are back on the training ground and making good progress from their injuries. Neither will be available against Coventry City at the weekend.

Rod McDonald could be in contention after being out with a groin injury and Steve Seddon is fine after ending Saturday’s game with a hamstring strain. However, tonight’s game will come too soon for Kwesi Appiah’s return.

FROM THE GAFFER


“Every game that we play now is a difficult game because teams are fighting for vital points at either end of the table. Wimbledon have improved since they changed their formation to three at the back and they had a good win at the weekend. I may look to freshen up the team, we have good options particularly in attacking areas,” Darren Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION
“Peterborough have got good players and they are a footballing team. Charlton and Doncaster are very similar teams. Peterborough will get on the ball and they are quite inventive. They have players who can unlock defences, but we are prepared for that. We know what they’ve got, their strengths, and hopefully we can combat their weaknesses,” AFC
Wimbledon assistant manager Glyn Hodges said.

TICKET NEWS
The game is not all-ticket, there is no price rise on the evening and the fans can gain access at the turnstiles. Over 220 tickets have been sold in advance.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The match referee is Ollie Yates.

KIT COLOURS
Posh will be in all white for the fixture.

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Dons Claim Points After Controversial Spot-Kick

AFC Wimbledon secured all three points following late penalty kick.

12 March 2019

Jason Naismith in action against AFC Wimbledon Joe Dent / theposh.com
Jason Naismith in action against AFC Wimbledon

The referee Ollie Yates was centre stage as he gave a penalty in the final six minutes to earn the home side victory.

A controversial penalty kick from Joe Pigott earned AFC Wimbledon a 1-0 victory at the Cherry Red Records Stadium as the home side earned all three points in a game that saw Posh have another goal chalked off for offside at 0-0.

Referee Ollie Yates awarded a spot-kick for an alleged foul by Rhys Bennett but video footage confirms what everyone suspected originally that the substitute Connolly had bought the penalty kick, throwing himself to the floor inside the box.

The home side made a strong start to the contest, winning three early corner kicks, the latter of which was eventually cleared off the line by Daniel Lafferty after a looping header at the near post by Pigott.

O’Malley was well positioned to keep out a floated Wordsworth effort on 17 minutes after Toney had been penalised for afoul on the near side. Toney did well to show a clean pair of heels on 19 minutes to get away from his marker, but his cross-shot was parried by keeper Ramsdale and then hacked clear by Thomas.

Godden sent an effort from 30-yards wide of the target on 23 minutes after linking well down the left hand side with Lafferty as Posh pressed. Seddon was kept out by O’Malley on 33 minutes after timing his run into the box to perfection, his glancing header was straight at the Posh shot-stopper.

Ramsdale did well to keep out a Godden side-foot as he guided a long-range Maddison volley back towards goal. Reed saw a deflected shot from long-range shovelled behind by Ramsdale before White sent a 35-yard curler well wide.

Toney was superbly denied by the fingertips of goalkeeper Ramsdale on 55 minutes after a clever flick on by Godden. From the resulting corner kick, a Bennett header caused all manner of confusion at the back for the Dons, eventually they stabbed it behind for a corner kick.

Maddison was denied by Ramsdale moments later after a wonderful run which saw him beat two defenders before cutting onto his favoured left-foot, his fierce drive well kept out by the keeper. Toney was then a whisker away from breaking the deadlock as he met a low Naismith centre, but he couldn’t wrap his foot around it enough and it crept wide.

The hosts made a double change on 65 minutes with James Hanson and Dylan Connolly introduced. Posh had the ball in the back of the net on 68 minutes as a low drive from Naismith was parried into the path of Toney by Ramsdale but the offside flag was raised somewhat delayed and the goal was chalked off.

Maddison was cautioned on 73 minutes by the referee Mr Yates for a foul, the first booking of the evening dished out by the official. Substitute Connolly struck the bar from distance on 75 minutes as the Dons came close before Sillock was booked for a cynical foul on Toney.

Posh introduced Kyle Dempsey for Cooke moments later as Darren Ferguson made his first switch. Tomlin replaced Godden and made an immediate impact, clearing off the line to keep out a towering Nightingale header from a corner kick.

On 85 minutes, Rhys Bennett was shown a straight red card for bringing down Connolly as he raced onto a long ball and the Dons won a penalty kick. PIGOTT stepped up and fired straight down the middle to give the home side the lead.

Pigott flashed a shot wide on the counter attack as Posh piled bodies forward as six minutes of added time was indicated. Reed was booked for dissent as the ref waved away protests for a penalty as Tomlin went down in the box.

AFC Wimbledon: Ramsdale, Nightingale, Thomas, Wagstaff (sub Hanson 65min), Hartigan (sub McLoughlin 80min), Seddon, Sibbick, Kalambayi, Pigott, Wordsworth, Folivi (sub Connolly 65min). Unused subs: McDonnell, Watson, Pinnock, Barcham.

Posh: O’Malley, Naismith, White, Godden (sub Tomlin 82min), Reed, Cooke (sub Dempsey 77min), Bennett, Ward, Lafferty, Toney, Maddison. Unused subs: Chapman, Woodyard, Tafazolli, Denton, Stevens.

Half-time: AFC Wimbledon 0-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Peterborough United
Attendance: 3,737 (307 Posh fans)

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