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AFC Wimbledon 0-0 Accrington Stanley

Accrington players appeal with Trevor Kettle
Accrington players appealed with Trevor Kettle after Billy Kee's goal was ruled out

Accrington Stanley were denied potential victory in the goalless draw with AFC Wimbledon when they had a goal chalked off on the half-time whistle.

Stanley, who also had goalkeeper Ross Etheridge sent off, thought they had gone ahead when Billy Kee fired in, but referee Trevor Kettle ruled it out.

Lyle Taylor had a shot easily saved by Etheridge for the Dons, and Connor Smith also hit the post.

Etheridge was dismissed for handball late on in the game.

The draw lifts the home side into the top seven on goal difference, while Stanley stay fourth.

Another famous example of referees blowing time while a goal was about to be scored was seen in the 1978 World Cup when Zico of Brazil saw his effort against Sweden disallowed after Welsh referee Clive Thomas blew the full-time whistle.

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AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley speaks to BBC Radio London:

"Credit to our boys. It's a good point. We didn't create bundles, we weren't brilliant by any stretch of the imagination.

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Ardley on Wimbledon v Accrington

"Accrington are a very open, free-flowing team and they've carved a lot of teams open this season.

"It's a boost for the lads to be in the play-off places but it's about where we are at the end of the season."

Accrington manager John Coleman told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I'm delighted with the way we played but sometimes the luck doesn't go with you.

"I've never seen anything like it happen [the disallowed goal] in all my 46 years playing and managing.

"He blew as the ball was on its way into the net. You can't account for that. Everyone in the ground is flabbergasted. Referees make mistakes because they're only human and that's what makes the game of football so special because you have talking points and arguments."

Line-ups

Wimbledon

  • 29Roos
  • 2FullerBooked at 90mins
  • 6Robinson
  • 20SweeneyBooked at 90mins
  • 12MeadesBooked at 83mins
  • 7FrancombSubstituted forRiggat 57'minutes
  • 8Reeves
  • 18Smith
  • 17BarchamSubstituted forBulmanat 70'minutes
  • 9ElliottBooked at 62minsSubstituted forAkinfenwaat 70'minutes
  • 33Taylor

Substitutes

  • 1Shea
  • 3Kennedy
  • 4Bulman
  • 10Akinfenwa
  • 11Rigg
  • 14Azeez
  • 19Fitzpatrick

Accrington

  • 1EtheridgeBooked at 87mins
  • 12Wakefield
  • 2Pearson
  • 5Davies
  • 34Halliday
  • 7Mingoia
  • 14CrooksBooked at 90mins
  • 28Conneely
  • 11McConvilleBooked at 81mins
  • 17McCartanSubstituted forMooneyat 90'minutes
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 6Proctor
  • 18Brown
  • 19Carver
  • 24Hughes
  • 26Boco
  • 33Mooney
  • 39Shaw
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
3,627

Match Stats

Home TeamWimbledonAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, AFC Wimbledon 0, Accrington Stanley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 0, Accrington Stanley 0.

Booking

Matt Crooks (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Ryan Sweeney (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Meades (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Jason Mooney replaces Shay McCartan.

Dismissal

Ross Etheridge (Accrington Stanley) is shown the red card.

Hand ball by Ross Etheridge (Accrington Stanley).

Booking

Jonathan Meades (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jonathan Meades (AFC Wimbledon).

Liam Wakefield (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Matty Pearson.

Connor Smith (AFC Wimbledon) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Sean McConville.

Ryan Sweeney (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt saved. Jake Reeves (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Dannie Bulman replaces Andy Barcham.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Tom Elliott.

Attempt saved. Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Tom Elliott (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon).

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Sweeney (AFC Wimbledon).

Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Tom Elliott (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Elliott (AFC Wimbledon).

Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Andy Barcham (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Sean Rigg replaces George Francomb because of an injury.

Foul by Connor Smith (AFC Wimbledon).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton35246564343078
2Oxford Utd351811661342765
3Plymouth35198850302065
4Accrington33169855391657
5Portsmouth341414654302456
6Bristol Rovers341751248351356
7Wimbledon341411951401153
8Leyton Orient351411105148353
9Wycombe34157123732552
10Mansfield35149124641551
11Carlisle33131195250250
12Luton35148135048250
13Cambridge35148134947250
14Exeter35139134549-448
15Barnet34127154451-743
16Crawley35126174056-1642
17Notts County34117164657-1140
18Morecambe35107185563-837
19Newport33910143646-1037
20Yeovil35811163547-1235
21Stevenage35810174259-1734
22Hartlepool3294193354-2131
23York3568213766-2926
24Dag & Red3459203358-2524
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