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Wimbledon 1 Wycombe Wanderers 0
Saturday 10th August 2013
Football League Two
Stuart Lewis was sent off as Wycombe went down 1-0 at Wimbledon in the second league game of the 2013/14 campaign. The Wycombe midfielder saw red in the 34th minute for a high challenge on George Porter and the hosts took full advantage three minutes later when Luke Moore headed home Callum Kennedy's cross. The goal came after The Dons had dominated the first period and although Wycombe improved after the break they never did enough to really test home 'keeper Ross Worner.
Team news saw Gareth Ainsworth return to the same starting line-up that had beaten Morecambe at Adams Park on the opening day of the season seven days previous. Meanwhile, the visitors included former Wanderers defender Alan Bennett as their Captain.
It was The Dons who dominated the majority of the first period, although Wycombe did have a strong claim for a penalty turned down on 27 minutes when Dean Morgan tumbled in the box but the referee opted to give a free-kick the way of the opposition much to the displeasure of Morgan but to the delight of the home support who hadn't let go unnoticed that the player had spent time at MK Dons before joining Wycombe.
Wycombe's day began to fall apart when Lewis earnt his straight red card from referee Gavin Ward. Lewis made a high footed challenge on George Porter towards the Wycombe left but although not connecting with his foot, his raised knee carried through into the chest of Porter. The Wimbledon player appeared to make the most of the incident and Ward was convinced enough to branish red. leaving Lewis stunned and the Wycombe bench and followers incensted. Three minutes later the home side took the lead when Callum Kennedy swung over a cross from the left channell that Luke Moore glanced past Matt Ingram from around 12 yards.
It took Wycombe until after the break to improve but even the introduction of substitutes of Steven Craig and Jo Kuffour failed to provied the spark for the equaliser. In the end, and as Wanderers finally ran out of steam, it was the home side who could have extended the winning margin with Michael Smith being denied by Ingram from wide on the right and then substitute Chris Arthur seeing his flicked effort from the left corner of the box come back off the right hand upright.
Full-time - Wimbledon 1 Wycombe 0
Post match reaction:
Much of the post match comment centred around the sending off incident, with Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth saying, "I thought it was not a sending off in my opinion. But mine doesn't count, the referee's does. All of my players didn't think it was [a red card] and I spoke to Neal Ardley and he said it was harsh." He went on to add, "It's hard with 10 men, especially for 70 minutes. But for 30 minutes second half we did well with 10 men. We took the game to them. The last 10 minutes were a write-off because we were dead on our feet. The lads gave me everything. We needed to change the system as quickly as we could after having a man sent off, but unfortunately didn't do it, but I'm proud of the boys. We'll put that one to bed and go again against Mansfield next week."
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