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16:59 19th November 2011

Report: AFC Wimbledon 1 Town 1

Town had to come from behind to battle back for a point on their first ever league meeting with face AFC Wimbledon.

The hosts took a sixth minute lead through Sam Hatton before a shot from Jake Jervis struck Alan Connell on the way through to the net with 18 minutes remaining. Town boss Paolo Di Canio made two changes to the line-up with loan duo Liam Ridehalgh and Jervis returning to the side in place of Callum Kennedy and Lander Gabilondo. Kennedy was named amongst the substitutes alongside Lander Gabilondo, Jonathan Smith, Etienne Esajas and Phil Smith.

It was the hosts who made the brighter start to the game and scored the opening goal with just six minutes on the clock. A miscued clearance inside the Town box saw the ball fall to Sammy Hatton and he struck his shot past Wes Foderingham from close range. It was the first league goal that the loanee stopper had conceded in a Town shirt since joining from Crystal Palace. The visitors responded immediately and would have levelled on nine minutes with Alan Connell bringing the ball down well inside the box but saw his shot saved superbly by Seb Brown in the Dons goal.

In an end to end opening period, the home side were denied a second goal on 14 minutes with Foderingham producing a superb stop to tip the ball wide after a corner was flicked on by Jack Midson.

Town then created a few opportunities of their own with Connell going close twice before the half-hour mark. Di Canio made his first change of the afternoon with just 42 minutes on the clock, introducing Spanish winger Lander Gabilondo in place of De Vita. The substitute could have levelled things up two minutes after coming on but saw his close range shot saved by Brown. Going in 1-0 down at the break - Swindon made no changes during the interval and emerged for the second half looking to make an impression after what had been an edgy first 45 minutes.

Ten minutes into the second period and the Robins should have been level. A quick ball across from the left by Gabilondo found Connell but he opted to shoot first time and his effort deflected onto the post. It was a guilt-edged chance which passed Town by. Di Canio made his second change of the day with 25 minutes of the game remaining with Etienne Esajas coming off the bench in a straight swap for Ritchie wide on the right hand side of midfield. The Robins levelled the game up on 73 minutes with a cross from Caddis not cleared and the ball fell to Jervis who powered a right foot shot in from distance. The ball took a touch off Connell with both players wheeling away to celebrate. The goal was soon credited to Connell with the Robins then setting about taking the lead for the first time in the game.

A driving run from Gabilondo down the left saw his cross find Flint unmarked in the box but he was unable to get a touch on the ball and the chance was gone. There was a late penalty claim for the Robins but the referee failed to award a spot-kick despite Caddis appearing to have had his legs taken from under him after a weaving run into the box. After four minutes of added time, the referee called time on what had been a tough test for the Robins who extended their unbeaten run to ten games.

    Data provided by Press Association