Smith’s stunner has Wimbledon creeping toward play-offs as Ardley bemoans Kingsmeadow pitch


Jack Smith’s 90th minute piledriver handed Wimbledon a late victory over York, maintaining their impressive record over the Minstermen this term.

The Dons took the lead through 22-year-old centre-back Adedeji Oshilaja, who opened his scoring account for the club meeting George Francomb’s 19th-minute corner.

Jake Hyde found an equaliser just before the break but Smith’s last-gasp volley made sure Wimbledon scrapped their way to at third win in four encounters with York this campaign.

Dons’ boss Neal Ardley said: “It was a really tough game and the pitch is really causing us problems at the moment – it’s the worst it’s been.

“Everything, when we play at home at the moment seems to be a scrap.

“I want to entertain, I want the fans to go ‘wow, we were good’, like the first half at Luton. But that was really hard to. I don’t like making excuses, but the pitch doesn’t allow you to play free-flowing football.

“We’ve got to learn to scrap, which isn’t something we’re normally brilliant at. But we scrapped and scrapped and stayed in the game, then had a great moment late on.”

Despite victory, the points keep Wimbledon 11th in the table, just six points off the play-offs.

And with regular number one James Shea nursing an ankle injury, Joe McDonnell impressed again in just his second start for the club – vitally tipping over a looping header from Hyde early in the second half, although he did fumble a cross for the equaliser.

Feature image courtesy of AFC Wimbledon TV, with thanks

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