AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Portsmouth, League One: report, ratings and verdict


AFC Wimbledon 3-5-2



Portsmouth 4-2-3-1

Half Time: 0 - 0 Kingsmeadow ( Attendance: 4,525 (712) )
1 min

AFC Wimbledon extended their winning run to three league games as Terell Thomas’ injury-time header gave the Dons all three points at home to Portsmouth.

The defender rose highest to head home Max Sanders cross from a 93rd minute free-kick to send the Wimbledon faithful into raptures and snatch all three points.

There were chances at both ends in the opening period, Marcus Forss nearly capitalising on Portsmouth defender Sean Raggett’s slip while Christian Burgess’ header rattled the Dons crossbar.

And just before the interval Joe Pigott saw an audacious lob over Pompey keeper Craig MacGillivray go agonisingly wide of the far post.  

The second period opened to confusion as referee Sam Purkiss appeared to give Wimbledon a 49th minute penalty – only to downgrade the decision to a free-kick outside the box which Forss duly saw well parried by MacGillivray.

Pompey then nearly took a fortuitous lead as Dons keeper Nathan Trott’s clearance rebounded off Ellis Harrison to bounce just wide while at the other end Anthony Wordsworth’s shot from just outside the box struck the post.

But with the game heading towards a point apiece, Thomas’ late goal moves AFC Wimbledon out of the relegation zone.

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

Thomas’ last gasp winner when the game looked destined for a draw, which arguably would have been the fairest result.

Moan of the Match

Forss, capitalising on Raggett’s first-half slip to go one-on-one with keeper MacGillivary, should really have unselfishly squared to the unmarked Pigott for a simple tap-in.

Talking Point

Wimbledon looked to be holding on for large parts of the second period – could Glyn Hodges have utilised his substitutions earlier?

Man of the Match

Anthony Wordsworth – covered every blade of grass, reading the game well and was key to maintaining both the Dons defensive shape as well as their attacking thrust.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Sam Purkiss (Greater London) – a solid first-half showing before appearing to lose control early in the second period by reversing his decision to award the Dons a penalty.


The travelling Portsmouth fans were noisy throughout but next time leave the bell at home please.


A fantastic, if at times unlikely, all three points for the Dons against a very good Portsmouth side whose position belies their overall quality.

Line Ups

AFC Wimbledon 3-5-2

Trott; Kalambayi, Delaney, Thomas; Wagstaff, Pinnock (Hartigan, 77), Sanders, Wordsworth, Osew; Forss (Appiah, 85), Pigott

Subs not used:

Tzanev, Stabana, Guinness-Walker, McLoughlin, Madelin



Portsmouth 4-2-3-1

MacGillivray; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Brown; Naylor, Close; Harness (Cannon, 82), Evans, Williams (Harrison, 57); Marquis (Curtis, 58)

Subs not used:

Downing, McCrorie, Bass, Haunstrup


Brown, Marquis, Raggett

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