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25 January 2022

Burns night in South-West London

A second-half brace from Wes Burns saw Town make it successive wins in League One with three points at AFC Wimbledon.

In a game of few chances, the wideman netted twice in 25 minutes after the break to claim a hard-fought victory in South-West London.

Town ended the game with 10 men after Kane Vincent-Young was sent off for a second yellow card in the dying moments.

Kieran McKenna made four changes to the side who beat Accrington at the weekend. Tyreeq Bakinson was named in the starting XI for what was his full debut for the Club, while Sone Aluko, Kayden Jackson and James Norwood also returned.

George Edmundson captained Town with skipper Sam Morsy serving the first match of a four-game ban.

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Town enjoyed plenty of possession but there was little in terms of goalmouth action at either end within the opening 25 minutes.

Norwood saw the sting taken out of his effort by a deflection for what was the first shot on target of the evening, a dangerous driven cross from Jackson being cleared just a few moments earlier. The next chance fell to Bakinson but his curling effort was blocked behind.

The Bristol City loanee went closer just under 10 minutes before the break, heading Jackson's in-swinging cross wide at the back post under pressure from two home defenders.

Town's pressure continued as, after regaining possession on halfway through Janoi Donacien, the ball was worked through Aluko to Burns, who saw his cross-cum-shot from a narrow angle palmed around the post by Nik Tzanev.

AFC Wimbledon had the first chance of the second period but, after Edmundson had been penalised and booked for a foul on the edge of the area, Luke McCormick blasted the resulting free-kick over the bar. 

Two minutes later, a goalline clearance from Luke Woolfenden which also hit Christian Walton's heel denied Dons 'skipper Ben Heneghan a volleyed opener following a deep corner.

A fine counter attack saw the Blues break the deadlock with just over an hour played. Aluko released Jackson down the left wing, who then played the ball inside to Norwood. The Town number 10 found the overlapping Burns, who took a couple of touches before firing a deflected effort into the back of the net in front of the sold-out away end.

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The hosts continued to threaten, though, with Walton racing out of his goal to deny Terry Ablade a shot on goal before Ayoub Assal curled a low effort just past the post.

Burns could've sealed the points with eight minutes left on the clock after being played in behind by a sublime reverse pass from Tom Carroll but the wing-back's close-range shot was deflected over by the recovering Heneghan.

Town's number seven made no mistake four minutes later, however, as he scored his and the Blues' second of the night. After being released by a brilliant crossfield pass by substitute Macauley Bonne, Burns ran at his defender before his low shot was too powerful for a desperate defender to keep out on the line.

Vincent-Young was sent off for two yellow cards late on in what was the only blip in what had been a professional away performance.

AFC Wimbledon: Tzanev, Csoka, Marsh, Assal, Chislett (Hartigan 63'), Rudoni, Guinness-Walker, McCormick (Mebude 81'), Heneghan (C), Osew, Cosgrave (Ablade 67').

Subs: Oualah, Nightingale, Alexander, Kalinauskas.

Booked: McCormick.

Town: Walton, Donacien, Woolfenden, Edmundson (C), Burns, Bakinson, Carroll, Aluko (Celina 71'), Vincent-Young, Norwood (Bonne 81'), Jackson (Chaplin 71').

Subs: Holy, Burgess, Edwards, Pigott.

Booked: Edmundson, Vincent-Young (2).

Sent off: Vincent-Young.

Attendance: 8,117 (1,200 Town fans).

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