The FA Cup - Third Round - Replay
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AFC Wimbledon 1-3 Sutton United

Non-league Sutton set up a glamorous FA Cup fourth-round home tie against Leeds with a thrilling replay win at 10-man League One side AFC Wimbledon.

The Dons made a perfect start when Tom Elliott rose above the away defence to nod in Dean Parrett's free-kick.

But they were left a man down for more than 75 minutes as Paul Robinson was sent off for hauling down Matt Tubbs.

Roarie Deacon's stunner levelled before late goals from Maxime Biamou and Dan Fitchett caused an upset.

The National League side will host Leeds at Gander Green Lane on Sunday, 29 January (14:00 GMT).

More than just money for Sutton

Sutton were the lowest-ranked team left in the draw for the fourth round, but knew they had to overcome their near-neighbours - 51 places above them on the league ladder - before they could even think about hosting Championship promotion chasers Leeds in a money-spinning tie.

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

But the reward for beating Wimbledon was worth much more to the Greater London club than that famous win 28 years ago.

Sutton manager Paul Doswell compared winning the third-round replay to the Championship play-off final in terms of financial importance, estimating it would take their earnings from this cup run to about £500,000.

This victory was more than just money.

The jubilant celebrations from the away players and officials, plus their 300-odd travelling supporters, showed how much the victory meant.

Tom Elliott scores for Wimbledon
Leeds-born Tom Elliott put AFC Wimbledon ahead, but missed out on a tie against his home-city club

Analysis

Former Tottenham manager David Pleat on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

"It was an extraordinary night. We thought fitness might tell - with Wimbledon the fitter side - but the one-man advantage was the major factor.

"It was a great start for Wimbledon, scoring that early goal, then the Robinson sending-off made it difficult for them. I though Sutton played too many high long balls and lacked creativity round the sides.

"Wimbledon coped with everything until that late, late surge."

What the managers said:

Sutton manager Paul Doswell spoke of his "unadulterated joy" as The U's - 15th in the National League - set-up a home tie with Championship Leeds United.

"I'm so pleased for my chairman, our directors who are all volunteers, for the 1,000 fans here and for the players.

"Without being over-emotional about it, we have got a good chance against Leeds on our pitch. No one likes playing on it apart from us it seems. If they make seven or eight changes against us I think we will have a chance."

Dons boss Neal Ardley meanwhile pointed unsurprisingly to the dismissal of Paul Robinson after 15 minutes as the key moment, though he added he had few complaints with the result.

"You prepare for the game with 11 men but for most of it we had 10," he said. "Credit to Sutton, they kept going and got their just rewards in the end.

"But we'll never know what would have happened if it was 11 versus 11. It's a big judgement call, to say that is a cast-iron sending-off early in the game.

Party-time for Sutton!

Sutton
Sutton's Twitter account reveals how manager Paul Doswell invited his club's fans back for a late-night celebration

Line-ups

Wimbledon

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Shea
  • 22KellyBooked at 57mins
  • 6RobinsonBooked at 15mins
  • 32Charles
  • 2Fuller
  • 8Reeves
  • 4Bulman
  • 18Parrett
  • 33TaylorSubstituted forWhelpdaleat 70'minutes
  • 9ElliottSubstituted forBarnettat 83'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 10PoleonSubstituted forRobertsonat 16'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Whelpdale
  • 15Oakley
  • 23Barnett
  • 24McDonnell
  • 28Egan
  • 31Owens
  • 34Robertson

Sutton United

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Worner
  • 2Amankwaah
  • 27DownerSubstituted forHudson-Odoiat 66'minutes
  • 4Beckwith
  • 17SpenceBooked at 43mins
  • 8GomisSubstituted forMayat 66'minutes
  • 15Eastmond
  • 6CollinsBooked at 82mins
  • 21DeaconBooked at 34mins
  • 28TubbsSubstituted forFitchettat 75'minutes
  • 24Biamou

Substitutes

  • 5John
  • 7Hudson-Odoi
  • 10Fitchett
  • 12May
  • 16Bailey
  • 19Monakana
  • 29Shaw
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
4,768

Match Stats

Home TeamWimbledonAway TeamSutton United
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home5
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, Sutton United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, Sutton United 3.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! AFC Wimbledon 1, Sutton United 3. Dan Fitchett (Sutton United) right footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Maxime Biamou.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darius Charles (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! AFC Wimbledon 1, Sutton United 2. Maxime Biamou (Sutton United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roarie Deacon.

  6. Booking

    Tyrone Barnett (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon).

  8. Post update

    Roarie Deacon (Sutton United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Tyrone Barnett replaces Tom Elliott.

  10. Booking

    Jamie Collins (Sutton United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Tom Elliott (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Collins (Sutton United).

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam May (Sutton United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! AFC Wimbledon 1, Sutton United 1. Roarie Deacon (Sutton United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Sutton United. Dan Fitchett replaces Matt Tubbs.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Tom Elliott (AFC Wimbledon).

  17. Post update

    Craig Eastmond (Sutton United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Sean Kelly (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Roarie Deacon (Sutton United).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Chris Whelpdale replaces Lyle Taylor because of an injury.

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