Here’s our reflections on a worrying night for AFC Dons at Kingsmeadow.
Salvation - but cause for concern
Robinson’s leveller will win Dons some breathing space, but this was another below-par performance from Neal Ardley’s men who are in a form slump. On the plus side to drag yourself off the canvas in stoppage-time twice in four days shows some bottle.
With Tom Elliott suspended after his farcical second yellow and a red in Saturday’s draw with Charlton, and a sick list including Dean Parrett, skipper Barry Fuller, Darius Charles and Jon Meades, Dons fielded a subs bench of almost entirely academy products.
A great nod to their youth development and promising for the future, but it's an ask for youngsters to come on and turn games around.
Lost in translation
Ardley opted not to replace the suspended Elliott with fellow target-man Tyrone Barnett, choosing instead to go with Andy Barcham in a pacey front three alongside Dominic Poleon and Lyle Taylor.
Sadly, too much of the first half was spent hitting the sort of high balls Barnett would have thrived on.
The message seemed to have got through at half-time, but they appeared to have run out of ideas before.
Dons’ midfield dynamo was back somewhere near his waspish best, driving his teammates forward at every opportunity. Sometimes he tried too hard, but if the former Brentford man can continue this form Dons should do more than enough for safety.
Both Lyle Taylor and Dominic Poleon played like strikers who need goals.
Taylor got increasingly frustrated while Poleon again tried too hard. Both were eventually hauled off with their side behind.
And the match...
It was a case of Déjà vu for AFC Wimbledon as a second stoppage-time leveller in four days saved a point against bottom club Coventry.
Veteran Paul Robinson lashed home from 12 yards after Andy Barcham’s cross from the left wasn’t properly cleared.
The goal will cover some of a multitude of sins from the Dons, and having been robbed of victory by an offside goal in stoppage time in the reverse fixture there was some justice the late drama.
As on Saturday against Charlton, Dons started slowly and it needed a mart save from James Shea to deny George Thomas after he had raced clear with 18 minutes on the clock.
Neal Ardley’s men improved though and created a chance of their own, Tom Soares’ half volley from the edge produced a smart parry from Sky Blues’ keeper Lee Burge.
Lyle Taylor’s header missed from close range on the hour only served to add to his and Dons’ rising levels of frustration and they cranked up another notch when substitute Jodi Jones cut in from the right on 71 minutes to curl a shot into the far corner and put Coventry in front.
Ardley threw on George Oakley and Tyrone Barnett, but looked unlikely to score until Captain Marvel’s late intervention.
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