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AFC Wimbledon 4-0 Swindon Town

Town fall to frustrating away defeat on Saturday afternoon

9 December 2023

Match Reports

AFC Wimbledon 4-0 Swindon Town

Town fall to frustrating away defeat on Saturday afternoon

9 December 2023

Swindon Town fell to a disappointing 4-0 away defeat to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Omar Bugiel, Armani Little and Ali Al-Hamadi (x2) secured the win for AFC Wimbledon, with Swindon unable to replicate their previous back-to-back league victories' performances.

Town named an unchanged side to the starting XI which overcame Accrington last time out, as they looked to continue their recent good results.

AFC Wimbledon meanwhile, came into this weekend's encounter after a midweek FA Cup triumph over Ramsgate, with the Dons reaching the third round last Monday.

It was a tough start for Town, with a low cross from the Dons' right-hand side swept in from Omar Bugiel to give the home side the lead six minutes into the first half.

Swindon looked to respond, but AFC Wimbledon applied the early pressure for the opening 20 minutes of the game, meaning Town were left defending heavily to prevent any further opportunities for the Dons.

Michael Flynn looked to make an attacking change to bring more impetus to Town's attack, with the Swindon boss bringing on captain Charlie Austin in place of defender Harrison Minturn, with Austin looking to join Dan Kemp and Jake Young further forward.

Following this late change in the first 45, opportunities fell the way of Jake Young and Saidou Khan late on in the half, but neither were able to capitalise as Swindon went into the break looking for an improved performance.

Half-time: AFC Wimbledon 1 Swindon Town 0

There was an initial good response from Swindon straight away in the second half, with midfielder Dan Kemp seeing a drilled effort crash back off the near post after a neat build-up straight from the kick-off.

Murphy Mahoney was forced into a smart save 10 minutes later, as the home side looked to respond and make their pressure pay, unfortunately finding their second on the hour.

AFC Wimbledon's Armani Little would be the one to provide it with the midfielder scoring from 30 yards as Swindon were left with it all to do in the remaining 30 minutes.

Charlie Austin looked to half the deficit shortly after, with his effort in the penalty area blocked, with the Town skipper thinking it hit an AFC Wimbledon hand, but referee Scott Oldham waved his claims away in the 62nd minute.

Town continued to push, and with that, space opened up behind them and this unfortunately left Ali Al-Hamadi free to drive forward and drill home the Dons' third just before the 80th minute.

The remaining 10 minutes saw Swindon struggle to find another opening and with Town pushing further forward, AFC Wimbledon were able to counter down the other end and two late goals from Ali Al-Hamadi sealed the victory for the home side.

Swindon will now look to brush themselves down and look onto next weekend's home league fixture vs Barrow.


AFC Wimbledon: Bass, Biler, Reeves (C), Johnson (Pearce 90), Al-Hamadi, Neufville (Davison 85), Little, Bugiel (Pell 77), Lemonheigh-Evans, Currie, Lewis
Goals: Bugiel 6, Little 60, Al-Hamadi 79, 90+2
Subs not used: 
Tzanev, Brown, Tilley, Ball

Swindon Town: Mahoney, Hutton, Blake-Tracy (C) (Genesini 83), McEachran, Young, Khan, Kemp, Kokolo, Godwin-Malife, Kinsella (Shade 71), Minturn (Austin 35)
Subs not used:
L.Ward, Dworzak, Brown, Hart

Referee: Scott Oldham

Attendance: 8,275 (1,200 away fans)

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