Town dominate but opportunities not taken
Town were left frustrated again by a failure to take chances and had to settle for a point at the Kingsmeadow Stadium.
James Norwood hit the underside of the bar in the first-half and was then thwarted by Wimbledon ‘keeper Joe Day after the break.
Day kept out Will Keane’s goalbound effort late on as Blues searched for that elusive breakthrough, Freddie Sears also denied as Town looked far more likely to find a winner but that goal wouldn’t come.
Josh Earl came in for his full Town debut in one of three changes to the team that lost at Sunderland at the weekend, Emyr Huws and Kayden Jackson also handed a starting role.
Blues started positively and Luke Chambers found space down the right but his cross drifted away from danger, the skipper then in action in a defensive capacity to block out the threat from Joe Pigott.
Tomas Holy plucked Callum Reilly’s free-kick out of the air six yards out, Jackson just short as he tried to release the supporting Janoi Donacien, then Cole Skuse blocked Pigott’s effort from the edge of the box.
Skuse’s free-kick caused a scramble in the Dons’ box before Rod McDonald eventually cleared, Donacien’s cross skimming in front of Norwood at the far post as Town pressed for the breakthrough.
Flynn Downes shadowed and ended the danger threatened by Paul Osew down the left as Wimbledon looked to counter, Huws seeing a free-kick deflected just wide at the other end, then Norwood fizzing a left footer against the underside of the bar to kick-start a scramble inside the box that wouldn’t go Town’s way to end a half that Blues dictated but couldn’t make pay.
Former Town wideman Shane McLoughlin got the second-half underway with a cross that was cleared by Donacien but it was Blues who continued to look the more likely to break the deadlock, Skuse’s free-kick cleared, then Donacien almost in down the right channel.
Luke Woolfenden found Jackson with a neat ball into the box, his shot deflected wide. From the corner Norwood forced Day into a save low to his left, then Norwood hit the wall with a free-kick from the edge of the box.
Norwood’s excellent pass sent Jackson into the box, his cross hacked clear as Downes looked to convert, Wimbledon forcing Holy into action as Mitch Pinnock looked to get in, then Norwood was denied again by Day as he raced in on goal.
Keane replaced Norwood in Town’s first change, Scott Wagstaff on for Reilly for Dons. Pinnock’s effort was blocked 15 yards out, the striker then heading wide.
Day produced a terrific save to keep out Keane’s acrobatic strike 15 minutes from time, Jackson’s cross cleared at the near post before Blues made a second change with Sears on for Earl.
Day held on comfortably from Woolfenden as time began to run out, the ‘keeper denying Sears from a free-kick as Blues failed to make the pressure tell.
AFC Wimbledon: Day, O’Neill, McDonald, Thomas, Hartigan, Pinnock, McLoughlin, Sanders (Rudoni 85), Reilly (Wagstaff 70), Osew, Pigott. Subs not used: Trott, Roscrow, Lamy, Guinness-Walker, Wood. Booked: Reilly.
Town: Holy, Donacien, Chambers, Woolfenden, Wilson, Earl (Sears 80), Downes, Skuse, Huws, Norwood (Keane 70), Jackson. Subs not used: Norris, Nolan, Judge, Dozzell, Kenlock. Booked: Downes.