AFCW 3-1 Crawley

By Up For The Cup!
Last updated : 30 October 2009
AFC Wimbledon confirmed a plum tie with League One club Millwall in the F A Cup 1st Round, by defeating Crawley in this qualifier replay.

At half time not many fans would have banked on realising their Cup dream, as the Dons were drawing 1-1, with their goalscorer Jon Main sacrificed for tactical reasons, boss Terry Brown shoring up the defence by introducing Paul Lorraine in a bid to negate the loss of Derek Duncan, who saw red for his second bookable offence.

Time and again this season the Dons have responded positively to a half time rallying call, and this proved the case once more as Moore and Kedwell added to Main's great first half strike, to send Crawley out of the Cup with question marks over their choice of tactics, and manager's ability to see a game from both sides.

Jon Main weighed in with the opener for the Dons with quarter of an hour gone, showing that his confidence is now fully restored.

Smith had two opportunites to level the scores but screwed up the first and was later denied by Pullen. Jefferson Louis inevitably got on the scoresheet after two Dons players contrived to offer him a golden chance. He could have added to his tally after half time but his effort was cleared off the line.

Crawley appealed for a penalty after Pullen looked to have impeded Dons summer transfer target Willock, but the referee was oblivious.

The real man of the match, Moore, never stopped running and was rewarded with a goal after neat interplay with Kedwell, and the latter put the result beyond doubt after accepting Moore's return favour cross to stab home past Rayner.

The financial rewards both from this replay and the forthcoming Millwall match will have the yellow and blue bean counters salivating. The question remains, how much of this and the Chris Hussey transfer fee will be allocated for squad strengthening, or are Wimbledon willing to play out the season alternating Johnson and Duncan at left back? Maybe loan target Ashton can provide another option in that area.

Nobody in their right mind will be predicting a victory over Millwall but few can avoid paying rapt attention to the draw for the next round, whilst recalling past trips to Wembley during Wimbledon's previous incarnation.

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