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Report | Dale 1-1 AFC Wimbledon

17 March 2018

Dale were made to rue missed chances in a 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon at the Crown Oil Arena.

The visitors took a seventh minute lead through Deji Oshilaja, before Andy Cannon equalised in the 25th minute via a deflected effort.

Dale had a host of chances both before and after the break, and Stephen Humphrys struck a post in the dying minutes, as they had to settle for a point.

Keith Hill named an unchanged starting eleven from the midweek draw with Southend United, but the visitors took a fortunate lead just seven minutes into the game.

Lyle Taylor’s free-kick hit the Dale wall and fell kindly into the path of Oshilaja, who turned home coolly across Josh Lillis.

The Dons were inches away from doubling their lead two minutes later, when Joe Pigott poked a right-wing cross just wide of the post.

However, Dale soon got themselves back in the game, and dominated the rest of the opening period.

Stephen Humphrys headed a Scott Wiseman cross wide, before getting a touch on an Ian Henderson cross which was easily collected by goalkeeper George Long.

A huge chance came in the 12th minute, when Henderson was denied on the line. Matty Done’s shot was saved by Long as he ran back into his goal, falling for Henderson who saw his shot blocked on the line, before Cannon’s shot was turned round the post.

Ryan Delaney was the next to be denied on the line, when he saw his effort from Done’s cross saved by Long.

However, there was nothing Long could do about Dale’s equaliser. Good hold up play from Humphrys saw the ball fall for Cannon, whose left-foot shot was deflected and looped over Long and into the back of the net.

Humphrys headed over Bradden Inman’s corner and also Cannon’s whipped cross, whilst Henderson had another effort blocked on the line when Inman’s scuffed shot fell for him.

Dale continued to dominate after the break, as Inman had a shot held and Humphrys saw an effort from the edge of the area turned around the post.

From the resulting corner, Done’s touch and strike took a deflection wide of the near post, shortly before Henderson’s curling header from Camps’ clipped ball sailed just wide.

AFC Wimbledon substitute Harry Forrester diverted a Taylor cross over the crossbar, as Steven Davies and Mark Kitching replaced Inman and Cannon for Dale.

Davies was inches away from getting on Done’s touch across goal, before Humphrys’ header from Done’s cross was comfortable for the goalkeeper.

Humphrys then struck the woodwork with a curling free-kick, which cannoned off the outside of the post and away from danger, and proved to Dale’s last chance of a frustrating afternoon in front of goal.


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