AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Chesterfield FT

Action: Wimbledon v Chesterfield
Action: Wimbledon v Chesterfield
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Chesterfield were seeking their first win in three attempts tonight - but despite late pressure dropped two more points.

Having lost and drawn against Accrington Stanley and Portsmouth respectively, they had been hoping to protect their top of the league position against a team that started the night in 16th place.

Chesterfield beat Wimbledon 2-0 back in September and the southerners have only one win in their previous seven outings.

Eoin Doyle and Liam Cooper both had early chances for Spireites to impose themselves but they couldn’t find the net, before the home side hit back with opportunities of their own.

Just before the half hour mark, Jay O’Shea stroked a clear opportunity just wide.

Both sides must have been reasonably happy with their performances when they went in at half time; it was a nailbiter for both sets of fans.

On 50 minutes, the Dons went ahead, George Francomb rammed home a shot from the right side of the box.

But five minutes later the Derbyshire team struck level.

Jimmy Ryan sent over a cross from the right flank which the goalie should have gobbled up, but he lost control and Ollie Banks slotted home from six yards.

Chesterfield seemed really energised and Jimmy Ryan could have put them ahead straight afterwards.

If you had to pick a winner at this stage it would have been Paul Cook’s men.

In fact, in the closing minutes, they had pretty much secured the area around the opposition’s penalty area.

Sadly they couldn’t convert the territorial advantage into a winner.

The team has now got just two points from the last nine possible.

Teams tonight at the Cherry Red Records Stadium:

WIMBLEDON

Worner, Fuller, Sainte-Luce, Frampton, Bennett, Morris, Moore, Francomb, Hylton, Collins, Sweeney.

Substitutes Midson, Pell, Arthur, Brown, Wyke, Jones, Richards.

SPIREITES

Lee, Darikwa, Humphreys, Ryan, Evatt, Cooper, O’Shea, Morsy, Doyle, Banks, Roberts.

Substitutes Smith, Hird, Togwell, Richards, Gnanduillet, Kearns, Dunbavin.

Ref: Darren Deadman

Attendance: 3,424 - 238 from Chesterfield.

Read Phil Tooley’s account in tomorrow’s Star