Matchday Live

Saturday, November 9, 2019; FA Cup first round; Kingsmeadow

Liam Hoden
Created By Liam Hoden
On Nov 9, 2019
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In summary
AFC WIMBLEDON: Trott; O'Neill, Kalambayi, Thomas, Osew (Guinness-Walker 79); Wagstaff, McLoughlin (Reilly 74), Hartigan, Pinnock; Appiah, Pigott.. Subs not used: Tzanev, Stabana, Robinson, Madelin, Macnab.
ROVERS: Dieng; Halliday, Anderson, Wright, Amos; Sheaf, Gomes; Sadlier (Bingham 81), Coppinger, Taylor (May 59); Thomas. Subs not used: Lawlor, Blaney, Greaves, Longbottom, Watters, Bingham.
REFEREE: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire)
ATTENDANCE: 2,777 (369 away)

All over - we go again

4.53 Added time

FOUR minutes

4.44 Sheaf strikes

Lovely play from Rovers with rapid one-touch movement from Alfie May and James Coppinger, who stops the ball for Ben Sheaf to run onto but his shot is tame and easy for Nathan Trott.

4.43 Rovers substitution, 81 minutes

4.42 Great save

Seny Dieng shows superb reactions to push away a close range header from Kwesi Appiah.

4.35 Halliday tries his luck

Brad Halliday runs onto a loose ball and smashes a shot but it drifts wide of the far post.

4.34 Brilliant from Coppinger

James Coppinger does superbly to work space on the edge of the box and drills a low shot which forces a fine save from Nathan Trott.

4.24 Big Tom with a big header!

Tom Anderson rises at the near post to power home a header from a Danny Amos corner.
He receives a bang on the head for his trouble but Anderson is characteristically unfazed.
Game on.

4.24 Rovers are level

4.22 Rovers substitution, 59 minutes

4.20 Close

Rovers attack quickly down the right. The cross comes in but evades everyone, rolling through to Danny Amos at the back post who immediately smashes across goal but it is turned wide for a corner.

4.19 Should be two

Wimbledon really should have doubled their lead. Anthony Hartigan sent in a fine ball from the left and Tyrell Thomas met it with a free header, only to send the ball wide.

4.18 Opportunities but little quality where it matters

Rovers are seeing plenty of the ball and look dangerous but they cannot find that clinical edge in the final third, whether it comes to the final ball or effort on goal.

4.17 Another similar effort

Coppinger is finding space to run into and the balls over the top are coming. He again brings one under control but has to stretch to take his shot and it's an easy take for Nathan Trott.

4.14 Chance for Copps

James Coppinger does well to bring a long ball forward under control and he pushes to the edge of the box before sending a low shot wide of the far post.

4.11 Yellow card

Joe Wright, Doncaster Rovers, 50 minutes

4.07 Back underway

3.53 Work to do

Plenty to do for Rovers here as they find themselves behind at the break.
It had been going pretty well, without the consistent threat. They were dealing with the Wimbledon press well and working some fine play in the opposition half. Rovers should have been in front with Kwame Thomas and Jon Taylor both missing glorious chances.
And they have been punished for a switch off at the back with Pigott striking just before the break.
It's far from over but what will he goal have done for Wimbledon?

3.49 That's the break

3.48 Big chance

James Coppinger does well to send a cross to the back post. Kieran Sadlier rises well but heads straight at Nathan Trott.

3.45 Pigott poaches

AFC Wimbledon lead thanks to a header from Joe Pigott.
He finds space in the middle and heads down, with the ball bouncing beyond Seny Dieng.
Not great at all from a Rovers perspective. Not enough pressure on Pigott and the ball came in far too easily from the right.

3.45 Wimbledon lead

3.43 Just wide

Mitch Pinnock curls a free kick on goal which deflects out for a corner. Dangerous moment.

3.37 Vital interception

Tom Anderson hooks away a dangerous cross with Kwesi Appiah waiting to turn home. It was an excellent interception

3.29 Thomas should score

Rovers attack really well with plenty of men forward. The ball ends up back out with Danny Amos who delivers a wonderful cross from the left. Kwame Thomas pulls away from his man to head from point blank range, only to send it straight at Wimbledon keeper Nathan Trott. That was a glorious chance

3.28 Taylor should do better

James Coppinger sends over a wonderful crossfield ball that releases Jon Taylor free. He charges to the edge of the box but rushes his shot and it slices wide.

3.26 Chance for the hosts

Terell Thomas marches forward out of defence for the hosts and lashes a shot from 30 yards which drifts wide.

3.23 Wimbledon danger

The hosts attack quickly themselves and work the ball forward well. They do look a dangerous side but, like Rovers, haven't seen much of the ball in the final third so far.

3.20 Rapid break

Madger Gomes intercepts a pass on half way and starts a rapid counterattack with James Coppinger feeding Kieran Sadlier on the left. Sadlier flashes a cross across the box but Jon Taylor cannot quite reach it.

3.14 Positive start from Rovers

It was always going to be interesting to see how Wimbledon approached dealing with Rovers' quality in possession. And they're pretty much looking to deal with it in their own half.
It's not the high press that we've seen from several teams this season - and in particular from Burton Albion last weekend.
But they're packing blue bodies behind the ball when Rovers are in possession and making it very difficult for the visitors to try to play through. Rovers are producing some neat, sharp, short passing play but getting into the final third is proving particularly tough.

3.05 Chance for the hosts

A low cross rolls all the way through for Wimbledon with Paul Osew taking possession. He cuts back onto his right foot and curls narrowly wide.

3.02 Underway

Wright chance?

Could this be Joe Wright's route back into the starting XI on a consistent basis for Rovers?
It always felt likely the centre half would be given his chance to start this afternoon. With Donervon Daniels turning in a shaky performance in last weekend's draw with Burton Albion, Wright does have an opportunity to play his way into Darren Moore's thoughts for the next league game, which will be some time next year with the way things are going.

The team is in

And it's THREE changes for Rovers.
Out go Donervon Daniels, Ben Whiteman and Reece James.
In come Joe Wright, Madger Gomes and Danny Amos.
Whiteman had been ill during the week and had not trained by Thursday. It is understood that Daniels picked up a knock in the week.