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24 April 2021

Stalemate at Portman Road

David Cornell saved a first-half penalty as Town drew 0-0 with AFC Wimbledon at Portman Road.

Town's Welsh shot-stopper, who was playing his first League game since 9 January when Blues hosted Swindon, got low to his right to keep out Joe Pigott's weak effort wiith his knee.

The visitors had the better of the chances, but ultimately neither side was able to grab the game by the scruff of the neck as it finished goalless.

Paul Cook made three changes to the side that lost at Northampton on Tuesday, with Cornell, Teddy Bishop and Oli Hawkins all coming in.

Keanan Bennetts drove forward on 15 but his left-footed strike from the edge of the box was well wide.

Jack Rudoni had acres of space three minutes later but blazed over from 15 yards having been set up by Alex Woodyard.

David Cornell was called upon in the 20th minute as he sprung to his right to tip over a long-range effort from Ayoub Assal which would have found the top corner but for a smart stop.

The visitors were awarded a penalty in the 22nd minute after Mark McGuinness pulled the shirt of Pigott. The Dons striker stepped up but was denied as Cornell guess the right way and saved with his legs before jumping up and smothering a second soft effort from Pigott.

Stephen Ward timed a sliding tackle well five minutes before half-time to prevent Pigott getting a shot away after he had collected a through ball from the left side.

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Cook then made one change to his side at half-time as Armando Dobra replaced Bennetts.

Seven minutes after the restart, Town hit the woodwork. A whipped free-kick from Andre Dozzell was flicked on by a Wimbledon head before clipping the top of the crossbar.

Town had another opportunity in the 64th minute as Dobra's shot was parried out by Nik Tzanev, but the loose ball was just out of reach as Flynn Downes tried to pounce.

The hosts then switched things up in attack as Aaron Drinan came on for Hawkins, just a few minutes after Cole Skuse had replaced Bishop in midfield.

And with 13 minutes remaining Dozzell made way for Kayden Jackson, with neither side having a clear-cut chance for the rest of the contest.

Booked: Edwards

Town: Cornell, Vincent-Young, Woolfenden, McGuinness, Ward (C), Dozzell (Jackson 77'), Downes, Bennetts (Dobra 45'), Bishop (Skuse 63'), Edwards, Hawkins (Drinan 68').

Subs: Holy, Chambers, Nsiala.

AFC Wimbledon: Tzanev, O'Neill (Alexander 73'), Woodyard (C), Nightingale, Rudoni, Assal (McLoughlin 73'), Guinness-Walker, Heneghan, Dobson, Longman, Pigott.

Subs: Cox, Oksanen, Harrison, Kalambayi, Osew.

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