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Posted Sun 11 Mar 12 at 12:02 PM

AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Daggers

This time last week it all looked rosy for John Still's men, a 1-0 win over Bradford City made it seven points from a possible nine and the Daggers were out of the drop zone. But back to back defeats with the latter coming on Saturday at AFC Wimbledon has seen the Daggers plunge back into the relegation zone and they currently prop up the division.

Still made just the one change from Tuesday's defeat at Swindon Town, out went the suspended Josh Scott and in came Brian Woodall, the Daggers lined up in the now familiar 4-4-1-1 formation with new signing Josh Parker not involved.

The game started slowly with both sides not wanting to give anything away in a match that could just about be justified as a 'six pointer'. The first half chance of the game fell to Ben Reeves, the ball dropped to him on the volley on the edge of the area but his shot flew harmlessly over the bar. A neat corner routine gave the Dons their first opening but Billy Knott scuffed his shot from fifteen yards.

The 1st half was very even with the hosts having more of the ball but the Daggers looking the more threatening of the two when they got it in the right areas. Reeves prodded a McCrory corner goalwards after 35 minutes but Brown was there to keep it out as the game drifted to a goalless half.

But on the 40 minute mark the Daggers could have taken the lead, Nurse broke the offside trap and was through on the right hand side. He paused for support and picked out the on-rushing Brian Woodall on the edge of the box, Woodall let the ball come across him before firing left footed, he caught it well but it flew wide of Seb Brown's right hand post.

The Daggers then had a good spell but Wimbledon countered and Harrison was in on the left, he shot from a tight angle and Bond palmed it away. The 1st half ended 0-0 but the visitors looked the more threatening side particularly when Nurse went and joined Woodall in attack.

The 2nd half saw much more goalmouth action and Jonathon Bond kept the Daggers level with a fine double save in the 53rd minute. A long ball was nodded to Midson who flicked goalwards from 6 yards, Bond stuck an arm out to keep it out but it fell to Yussuff who must have thought he'd scored but Bond threw himself to his right to keep it out. Was top quality goalkeeping from the on loan man.

Dom Green then came on for Reeves and he was immediately involved as the Daggers produced arguably their best chance of the match, Green played in Nurse who crossed for Bingham who could only head over the bar from 8 yards. A Big let-off for the Dons, but Woodall & Nurse kept the pressure on both going close shortly after Bingham's miss.

The Daggers were on top now and John Still recognised this by bringing on Rob Edmans for Medy Elito, the giant striker was involved straight away and really should have given the Daggers the lead. Nurse cut back on the right and crossed left footed, it found Edmans 6 yards out and a goal looked assured but he glanced his header wide and the chance was gone.

Football is a cruel game and the Dons capitalised on that in devastating fashion, a long goal-kick found its way to Midson who shot on the half volley from 25 yards. He caught it well and it flew past Bond with the aid of a deflection, Wimbledon were looking good for a 2nd now but Bond & his defence held firm and slowly but surely Still's side got back on top.

Edmans brought the ball out of defence and went on a mazy run beating several defenders, he reached the edge of the area and played in Woodall on the left, but instead of shooting first time he decided to cut back onto his right foot and his shot was deflected behind. From the resulting corner Nurse had a header blocked on the line and Woodall saw his shot tipped over the bar.

The Dons were hanging on and Mickey Spillane brought Still's side level with a fine header from the resulting corner. Brown got a hand on it but couldn't keep it out and there was now ten minutes for either side to find a winner.

And with six of the ten played it was Wimbledon who found the goal, a cross from the left was helped on to Djilali who's shot squirmed past Bond at the near post from 6 yards. Edmans could have grabbed a draw but his header was saved well low down and the Daggers fell to yet another narrow defeat.

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