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


AFC Wimbledon 3-5-2



Blackpool 4-3-3

Half Time: 1 - 0 Kingsmeadow ( Attendance: NA )
1 min

AFC Wimbledon signed off their temporary stay at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium with a hard-fought and fiery 1-0 win over Blackpool.

The Dons took the lead in the 13th minute with Callum Reilly able to drive a low left-footed strike from within the box into the Blackpool net.

And it went from bad to worse for the away side when Ethan Robson was shown a straight red in the 38th minute after a horrific challenge on Reilly.

However, the second-half saw Blackpool re-energised with their best opportunity being a searing counter-attack led by CJ Hamilton, whose final effort was unable to find the target.

Ten-man Blackpool were then plunged into further disarray in the 75th minute when Daniel Ballard was shown a straight red for an off the ball incident, leaving his side to play the remaining 15 minutes with just nine men.

The Dons were unable to capitalise further but the victory brought the curtain down on their stint at QPR’s ground ahead of an historic return to Plough Lane next Tuesday.

Key Points

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

Key Moment

Ethan Robson’s red card in the latter stages of the first-half effectively ended his side’s pursuit of an equaliser, allowing the Dons to defend their lead.

Moan of the Match

Wimbledon had the majority of the second-half possession and the numerical advantage – yet allowed Blackpool to remain in the game.

Talking Point

The Dons have relied on Joe Pigott for his goals but he missed opportunities he should have converted – perhaps the continuous run of games is taking its toll?

Man of the Match

Chris Maxwell – saved his side from embarrassment with some incredible saves, notably one from Joe Pigott towards the end.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Sam Purkiss (Greater London) – in an extremely fiery game, did well to make the correct decisions when they mattered.


The final game at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, and it will be fascinating to see if the Dons take the eerie artificial noise with them to the new Plough Lane.


Wimbledon should’ve scored more than just the one, but will feel happy with the three points ahead of a big return to their spiritual home next Tuesday.

Line Ups

AFC Wimbledon 3-5-2

Trueman; O’Neill (Kalambayi, 30), Thomas, Csoka; McLoughlin, Reilly, Hartigan, Chislett, Seddon (Guinness-Walker,90+2); Longman, Pigott (Palmer, 80)

Subs not used:

Tzanev, Woodyard, Rudoni, Alexander



Blackpool 4-3-3

Maxwell; Turton, Ekpiteta, Ballard, Mitchell; Robson, Williams, Sarkic (Ward, 41); Kaikai (Woodburn, 56), Madine, Kemp (Hamilton, 71)

Subs not used:

Sims, Gretarsson, Gabriel, Yates



Sent Off

Robson, Ballard

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