AFC Wimbledon eased past Bristol Rovers to give manager Neal Ardley his first win in charge of the Dons.

Ardley saw his side take the lead when Garry Kenneth turned the ball into his own net, before Rashid Yussuff curled in to double the advantage.

Will Antwi made it 3-0 to the hosts before half-time when he nodded home Yussuff's pin-point free-kick.

Tom Eaves did strike from 25-yards for the visitors, who had Tom Parkes sent off for a second yellow late on.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bristol Rovers manager Mark McGhee told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It was a dreadful first half. When we lost the goal we lost the shape and our energy.

"It was a ridiculous red car for Tom Parkes. I said to him once he'd been booked 'don't get sent off'.

"Even if they score and we lose 4-1, at least we would still have Tom on Saturday.

"It was a totally unnecessary and unprofessional sending off. Garry Kenneth limped off so I could be without a centre half on Saturday."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

AFC Wimbledon

  • 01 Brown
  • 02 Osano
  • 15 Fenlon (Haynes-Brown - 69' )
  • 24 Francomb (Jolley - 81' Booked )
  • 29 Antwi
  • 30 Mambo
  • 07 Long
  • 23 Yussuff
  • 28 Gregory
  • 09 Harrison (L Moore - 69' )
  • 10 Midson

Substitutes

  • 33 Jaimez-Ruiz
  • 03 Cummings
  • 04 Harris
  • 22 Haynes-Brown
  • 12 Jolley
  • 20 Merrifield
  • 11 L Moore

Bristol Rovers

  • 38 Etheridge
  • 05 Kenneth Booked
  • 06 Parks Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 19 Virgo (Anyinsah - 47' )
  • 03 Paterson
  • 15 Norburn
  • 21 Brown
  • 26 Lund Booked
  • 07 Clarkson
  • 10 Richard (Clarke - 71' )
  • 32 Eaves

Substitutes

  • 28 Walker
  • 14 Brown
  • 30 Lockyer
  • 24 Clarke
  • 25 Clucas
  • 16 Anyinsah
  • 17 Harrison
Ref: Miller
Att: 3,714

Match Stats

Shots

17 6

On target

8 1

Corners

5 4

Fouls

10 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:37

Oliver Norburn restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +5:37 Booking

Booking Caution for Christian Jolley.

90:00 +5:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Clarkson by Christian Jolley.

90:00 +3:45

Stacy Long crosses the ball, Curtis Osano takes a shot. Save by Neil Etheridge.

90:00 +3:45 Booking

Booking The referee shows Garry Kenneth a yellow card.

90:00 +3:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Garry Kenneth on Christian Jolley.

90:00 +2:29

Jim Paterson concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Jolley. Direct free kick taken by Curtis Osano.

90:00 +1:08

Foul by Christian Jolley on Garry Kenneth, free kick awarded.

90:00 +1:08 Booking

Booking Matthew Lund is booked.

90:00 +0:07

Stacy Long takes a shot. Save by Neil Etheridge.

89:36 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

86:37

Shot by Matthew Lund from outside the box goes high over the target.

85:48

Rashid Yussuff gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Clarkson. Direct free kick taken by Oliver Norburn.

82:31

Rashid Yussuff crosses the ball in from the free kick, Seb Brown makes a save.

82:31 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee sends off Tom Parkes for second bookable offence.

82:22

Tom Parkes challenges Jack Midson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

80:23

Inswinging corner taken by Stacy Long.

80:23 Substitution

Substitution George Francomb leaves the field to be replaced by Christian Jolley.

74:53

Rashid Yussuff has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

73:44

Tom Eaves challenges Steven Gregory unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Will Antwi.

72:19

Assist by David Clarkson.

72:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Eaves - Wimbledon 3 - 1 Bristol R Tom Eaves finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. AFC Wimbledon 3-1 Bristol Rovers.

70:58 Substitution

Substitution Ollie Clarke replaces Eliot Richards.

68:25

Will Antwi restarts play with the free kick.

68:25 Substitution

Substitution Byron Harrison goes off and Luke Moore comes on.

68:25 Substitution

Substitution Curtis Haynes-Brown is brought on as a substitute for Jim Fenlon.

68:25

Tom Eaves is caught offside.

67:40

Effort from a long way out by David Clarkson goes wide right of the goal.

67:01

Jack Midson produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

66:45

Jack Midson takes a shot. Neil Etheridge makes a save.

64:54

Jack Midson takes a shot. Neil Etheridge makes a save.

61:41

Foul by Jim Fenlon on Joe Anyinsah, free kick awarded. Oliver Norburn takes the direct free kick.

59:37

Unfair challenge on Seb Brown by David Clarkson results in a free kick. Seb Brown takes the free kick.

58:24

Inswinging corner taken by Jim Paterson from the right by-line, Seb Brown manages to make a clearance.

56:51

Curtis Osano concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Parkes. Free kick taken by Neil Etheridge.

56:03

Headed effort from inside the area by Jack Midson misses to the left of the target.

55:42

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by George Francomb, clearance made by Jim Paterson.

55:24

Header from deep inside the penalty area by Jack Midson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

55:04

Rashid Yussuff produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that bounces off the post.

51:40

The assistant referee flags for offside against Byron Harrison. Garry Kenneth takes the indirect free kick.

50:45

Shot from just outside the box by George Francomb goes over the bar.

48:14

Eliot Richards takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

47:52

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Clarkson from the left by-line, clearance by Will Antwi.

47:21

Corner taken left-footed by Jim Paterson from the right by-line, Yado Mambo manages to make a clearance.

46:44

Curtis Osano concedes a free kick for a foul on Eliot Richards. Jim Paterson takes the direct free kick.

46:09 Substitution

Substitution Joe Anyinsah replaces Adam Virgo.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

43:04

Eliot Richards takes a shot. Yado Mambo gets a block in.

39:40

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Oliver Norburn.

37:29

Jim Fenlon concedes a free kick for a foul on David Clarkson. Oliver Norburn takes the free kick.

32:26

Rashid Yussuff provided the assist for the goal.

32:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Will Antwi - Wimbledon 3 - 0 Bristol R Will Antwi scores a headed goal from close in. AFC Wimbledon 3-0 Bristol Rovers.

31:43

Rashid Yussuff produces a cross,

31:43 Booking

Booking Booking for Tom Parkes for unsporting behaviour.

30:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Parkes on Byron Harrison.

28:54

George Francomb provided the assist for the goal.

28:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Rashid Yussuff - Wimbledon 2 - 0 Bristol R Rashid Yussuff gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Bristol Rovers.

27:41

Foul by Byron Harrison on Oliver Norburn, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Lund.

24:57

George Francomb takes the inswinging corner, Neil Etheridge manages to make a clearance.

24:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Garry Kenneth on Jack Midson. Free kick crossed right-footed by George Francomb, clearance by David Clarkson.

21:44

Eliot Richards produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.

19:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Garry Kenneth - Wimbledon 1 - 0 Bristol R An own goal is conceded by Garry Kenneth. AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Bristol Rovers.

18:56

Byron Harrison takes a shot. Blocked by Neil Etheridge.

17:12

Inswinging corner taken by George Francomb from the left by-line, clearance made by Matthew Lund.

16:21

Tom Eaves is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Will Antwi.

14:56

Wayne Brown fouled by Jim Fenlon, the ref awards a free kick. Jim Paterson restarts play with the free kick.

13:04

Rashid Yussuff takes the inswinging corner, save made by Neil Etheridge.

12:36

Byron Harrison takes a shot. Garry Kenneth gets a block in.

10:22

Byron Harrison challenges Garry Kenneth unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Clarkson takes the free kick.

9:24

Effort from just outside the box by Rashid Yussuff goes over the bar.

7:29

Oliver Norburn is penalised for a handball. The ball is sent over by Rashid Yussuff, Header from close range by Will Antwi clears the bar.

6:54

David Clarkson challenges Steven Gregory unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Will Antwi.

6:06

Byron Harrison produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

0:00

The match begins.

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