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WimbledonAFC Wimbledon1NorthamptonNorthampton Town0

AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Northampton Town

Nik Tsanev saved a last-gasp penalty from Sam Hoskins to earn AFC Wimbledon a crucial win against fellow League One strugglers Northampton.

A dire game came to life in the closing minutes when Joe Pigott forced the ball home from close range to seemingly snatch a vital win.

The hosts conceded a spot-kick in the final seconds but Tsanev denied Hoskins with a stunning stop.

A first win in eight games saw Wimbledon climb to 21st and move level on points with the Cobblers with two games in hand.

In the early stages, Dons striker Ryan Longman seized on a loose back-pass only to be thwarted by goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell, who raced off his line to block.

As befitting two teams fighting for survival, there was little fluidity from either side and creativity was sorely lacking throughout.

With time and hope running out, Pigott was on hand to convert Cheye Alexander's cross.

But the drama was not done there as a late scramble saw the Dons penalised, only for Tsanev's heroics to ensure the Dons took all three points.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Wimbledon

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 13Tzanev
  • 2O'Neill
  • 22Heneghan
  • 5Nightingale
  • 7Alexander
  • 24DobsonSubstituted forMcLoughlinat 76'minutes
  • 4WoodyardBooked at 74mins
  • 16Oksanen
  • 12RudoniSubstituted forChislettat 75'minutes
  • 29LongmanSubstituted forPalmerat 68'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 39Pigott

Substitutes

  • 9Palmer
  • 11Chislett
  • 17Assal
  • 18Guinness-Walker
  • 19McLoughlin
  • 21Cox
  • 37Osew

Northampton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Mitchell
  • 15Kioso
  • 28Jones
  • 6Horsfall
  • 23Mills
  • 18Morris
  • 17McWilliams
  • 8WatsonSubstituted forEdmondsonat 90'minutes
  • 45MarshallSubstituted forAshley-Sealat 45'minutes
  • 29RoseSubstituted forJonesat 80'minutes
  • 7Hoskins

Substitutes

  • 5Bolger
  • 10Jones
  • 11Korboa
  • 22Ashley-Seal
  • 26Edmondson
  • 35Berry
  • 44Sheehan
Referee:
Ben Toner

Match Stats

Home TeamWimbledonAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home21
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, Northampton Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, Northampton Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Nikola Tzanev.

  4. Post update

    Penalty saved! Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  5. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Luke O'Neill (AFC Wimbledon) after a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Post update

    Penalty Northampton Town. Peter Kioso draws a foul in the penalty area.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jaakko Oksanen (AFC Wimbledon).

  8. Post update

    Alexander Jones (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joseph Mills (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ollie Palmer (AFC Wimbledon).

  11. Post update

    Peter Kioso (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bryn Morris (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexander Jones.

  13. Booking

    Ollie Palmer (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ollie Palmer (AFC Wimbledon).

  15. Post update

    Lloyd Jones (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Ethan Chislett (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Peter Kioso (Northampton Town).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Ryan Edmondson replaces Ryan Watson.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! AFC Wimbledon 1, Northampton Town 0. Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Shaun McWilliams.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull382171063313270
2Peterborough372161065372869
3Sunderland361813555272867
4Lincoln City371881155401562
5Portsmouth361771253391458
6Blackpool351691044321257
7Doncaster35176125345857
8Oxford Utd37168135143856
9Charlton371511115450456
10Gillingham38167155450455
11Ipswich36167133937255
12MK Dons38159145552354
13Accrington36158134951-253
14Crewe36149134446-251
15Fleetwood371311134132950
16Plymouth381310154960-1149
17Shrewsbury351113114041-146
18Burton36118174661-1541
19Swindon37114224465-2137
20Northampton3899203254-2236
21Wimbledon36812163659-2336
22Wigan3798203964-2535
23Bristol Rovers3897223660-2434
24Rochdale36711184667-2132
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