The FA Cup - Third Round
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Sutton United 0-0 AFC Wimbledon

National League side Sutton United held League One Wimbledon to a goalless draw to force an FA Cup third-round replay.

Sutton's Maxime Biamou came close to opening the scoring in the first half, firing a shot off the top of the bar following a swift counter-attack.

Biamou was denied again after the break, Dons keeper James Shea making a sharp save to keep out his low shot.

Dons striker Tom Elliott had a header cleared off the line in stoppage time, but neither side could find a winner.

Sutton will be the lowest-ranked team left in the draw for the fourth round, which takes place on Monday, following seventh-tier Stourbridge's 2-1 defeat by Wycombe.

The non-league club have reached the fourth round on two previous occasions, the last time coming in the 1988-89 season, when they beat then-top flight opponents Coventry in the third round.

Wimbledon, who were returning to the ground where they played their first game after forming in 2002, have never reached round four.

The Dons had reached the third round only once before this season, losing to Premier League side Liverpool in 2015.

Sutton United manager Paul Doswell:

"We restricted them to very little so from that perspective I have to be very happy.

"There's a sense of disappointment because I think everyone was hoping for a last-minute winner, but I've told the players they could not have done any more.

"I think we did the National League justice. In fact I would say we looked more like the League One team."

Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley:

"I definitely thought Sutton edged it, but I expected them to. I never came here thinking this would be an easy game.

"I was very concerned about the pitch and their home form over the last 18 months proves what a good team they are.

"Paul Doswell said it himself that teams don't like coming here and playing on this pitch. I knew it wouldn't suit us and I knew we would need a lot of qualities to be in the hat for the next round, and that was our remit."

Line-ups

Sutton United

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Worner
  • 27DownerBooked at 25minsSubstituted forHudson-Odoiat 82'minutes
  • 4Beckwith
  • 6CollinsBooked at 60mins
  • 2Amankwaah
  • 21Deacon
  • 16BaileyBooked at 75mins
  • 15Eastmond
  • 8Gomis
  • 24BiamouBooked at 47minsSubstituted forMonakanaat 90+2'minutes
  • 28TubbsSubstituted forFitchettat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5John
  • 7Hudson-Odoi
  • 10Fitchett
  • 12May
  • 17Spence
  • 19Monakana
  • 29Shaw

Wimbledon

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Shea
  • 2Fuller
  • 6RobinsonBooked at 61mins
  • 32Charles
  • 22Kelly
  • 18ParrettSubstituted forFrancombat 90+1'minutes
  • 8ReevesBooked at 22mins
  • 4Bulman
  • 17Barcham
  • 9Elliott
  • 33Taylor

Substitutes

  • 7Francomb
  • 10Poleon
  • 23Barnett
  • 24McDonnell
  • 28Egan
  • 31Owens
  • 34Robertson
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
5,013

Match Stats

Home TeamSutton UnitedAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sutton United 0, AFC Wimbledon 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sutton United 0, AFC Wimbledon 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gomis (Sutton United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Andy Barcham (AFC Wimbledon).

  5. Post update

    Gomis (Sutton United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Ross Worner.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Robinson (AFC Wimbledon) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by George Francomb with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Jamie Collins.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Sutton United. Jeffrey Monakana replaces Maxime Biamou.

  11. Post update

    Darius Charles (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Dan Fitchett (Sutton United).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. George Francomb replaces Dean Parrett.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Robinson (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lyle Taylor following a set piece situation.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

  16. Post update

    Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Collins (Sutton United).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Sutton United. Bradley Hudson-Odoi replaces Simon Downer.

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match Tom Elliott (AFC Wimbledon) because of an injury.

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