AFC Wimbledon recorded back-to-back league wins for the first time this season as they won at Rochdale to move out of the relegation zone.

After their win at Torquay on Tuesday, the Dons almost fell behind when Bobby Grant's free-kick struck the crossbar.

The visitors went ahead in the second half when Paul McCallum side-footed in after Dale partially cleared a corner.

McCallum had another ruled out for offside, before the hosts had Joe Rafferty sent off for two bookings.

And the Dons held on to move above managerless Plymouth and Bristol Rovers in the League Two table.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley told BBC London 94.9:

"With two away games on the trot you'd be happy with four points let alone six.

"We had a game plan and we worked hard at it.

"We had a 20-minute spell where the quality flowed and we took our chances.

"We did it, we got that goal and our fortunes favoured better quality on the ball."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 02 Rafferty Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 03 Bennett
  • 04 Cavanagh
  • 12 P Edwards
  • 07 Kennedy
  • 08 Tutte
  • 11 Grimes (Donnelly - 66' )
  • 14 McIntyre (Adebola - 83' )
  • 22 Grant
  • 27 Gornell (Putterill - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Smith
  • 19 Pearson
  • 06 Barry-Murphy
  • 13 Putterill
  • 23 Craney
  • 09 Donnelly
  • 15 Adebola

AFC Wimbledon

  • 35 Sullivan
  • 02 Osano
  • 03 Cummings (Midson - 46' Booked )
  • 06 Mitchell-King
  • 29 Antwi
  • 31 Meades
  • 07 Long
  • 23 Yussuff
  • 38 Ajala (Kiernan - 89' )
  • 11 L Moore
  • 37 McCallum (Prior - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Jaimez-Ruiz
  • 05 Balkestein
  • 36 Hervel
  • 18 Kiernan
  • 34 Djilali
  • 10 Midson
  • 19 Prior
Ref: Wright
Att: 2,071

Match Stats

Shots

10 8

On target

6 7

Corners

3 5

Fouls

12 19

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:26 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +4:54

Outswinging corner taken by Bobby Grant, clearance made by Mat Mitchel-King.

90:00 +3:37

Rhys Bennett fouled by Jack Midson, the ref awards a free kick. Josh Lillis takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:08

Rashid Yussuff handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Bobby Grant from the free kick, save made by Neil Sullivan.

90:00 +1:13

The official flags Jon Meades offside. Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.

90:00 +0:31

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jack Midson. Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.

89:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Will Antwi by Dele Adebola. Free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.

88:35

Indirect free kick taken by Josh Lillis.

88:35 Substitution

Substitution Brendan Kiernan on for Toby Ajala.

88:35

The assistant referee flags for offside against Toby Ajala.

87:37

Phil Edwards crosses the ball.

86:51

Rashid Yussuff takes a shot. Blocked by Peter Cavanagh.

82:47

Shot from just outside the area by Bobby Grant misses to the right of the target.

82:03 Substitution

Substitution Dele Adebola comes on in place of Kevin McIntyre.

80:09

Ray Putterill challenges Jack Midson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jon Meades takes the free kick.

79:34

Foul by Ray Putterill on Jack Midson, free kick awarded. Neil Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.

78:58

Andrew Tutte takes a shot. Blocked by Will Antwi.

77:37

Direct free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.

77:37 Substitution

Substitution Ray Putterill replaces Terry Gornell.

77:37

Jason Kennedy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Meades.

77:03

The official flags Toby Ajala offside. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Cavanagh.

75:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Grant by Toby Ajala. Free kick crossed right-footed by George Donnelly from left channel, Rashid Yussuff gets a block in.

73:40

Rashid Yussuff fouled by Peter Cavanagh, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luke Moore, Jack Midson takes a shot. Save made by Josh Lillis.

71:02

Terry Gornell takes a shot. Blocked by Mat Mitchel-King.

70:24

Rhys Bennett takes the free kick.

70:24 Booking

Booking Jack Midson receives a caution.

69:38

Unfair challenge on Rhys Bennett by Jack Midson results in a free kick.

68:43 Substitution

Substitution Paul McCallum leaves the field to be replaced by Jason Prior.

66:12

Josh Lillis fouled by Will Antwi, the ref awards a free kick. Josh Lillis takes the direct free kick.

65:37

Peter Cavanagh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rashid Yussuff. Rashid Yussuff crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Josh Lillis.

65:12 Substitution

Substitution George Donnelly is brought on as a substitute for Ashley Grimes.

62:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Grant by Jon Meades. The ball is crossed by Bobby Grant, Ashley Grimes produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

61:31

Jack Midson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rhys Bennett. Josh Lillis takes the direct free kick.

61:16

Paul McCallum is caught offside. Josh Lillis takes the indirect free kick.

58:45

Stacy Long restarts play with the free kick.

58:45 Dismissal

Dismissal Joe Rafferty shown a red card for second bookable offence.

58:12

Joe Rafferty gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Meades.

55:21

The assist for the goal came from Jack Midson.

55:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul McCallum - Rochdale 0 - 1 Wimbledon Paul McCallum finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rochdale 0-1 AFC Wimbledon.

54:59

Paul McCallum takes a shot. Save by Josh Lillis.

54:34

Paul McCallum takes a shot. Save by Josh Lillis.

53:22

Foul by Peter Cavanagh on Paul McCallum, free kick awarded. Rashid Yussuff has an effort direct from the free kick, Bobby Grant gets a block in.

52:13

Toby Ajala takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Edwards. Corner taken right-footed by Stacy Long from the right by-line, Jon Meades produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

50:49

Toby Ajala concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin McIntyre. Direct free kick taken by Kevin McIntyre.

50:06

The official flags Paul McCallum offside. Indirect free kick taken by Josh Lillis.

49:26

Corner taken short by Rashid Yussuff.

48:51

Corner taken left-footed by Rashid Yussuff from the right by-line to the near post, Joe Rafferty manages to make a clearance.

48:12

Paul McCallum is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Josh Lillis takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01

Stacy Long takes the inswinging corner,

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Warren Cummings goes off and Jack Midson comes on.

45:00 +2:21 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +0:31

Jason Kennedy takes a shot. Blocked by Will Antwi.

43:51

Foul by Rashid Yussuff on Kevin McIntyre, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jason Kennedy.

42:13

Foul by Curtis Osano on Rhys Bennett, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Josh Lillis.

38:27

Andrew Tutte takes a shot. Neil Sullivan makes a save.

35:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Edwards by Paul McCallum. Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.

34:30

Short corner taken by Jon Meades from the right by-line.

32:59

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Bobby Grant from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Rashid Yussuff.

32:40

Ashley Grimes takes a shot. Blocked by Jon Meades.

31:38

Joe Rafferty crosses the ball.

31:11

Peter Cavanagh fouled by Jon Meades, the ref awards a free kick. Jason Kennedy takes the direct free kick.

30:19

Paul McCallum concedes a free kick for a foul on Rhys Bennett. Rhys Bennett takes the direct free kick.

27:35

Bobby Grant takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Toby Ajala.

25:45

Unfair challenge on Rhys Bennett by Paul McCallum results in a free kick. Phil Edwards takes the free kick.

24:20

Toby Ajala gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rhys Bennett. Josh Lillis restarts play with the free kick.

23:00

Warren Cummings challenges Joe Rafferty unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bobby Grant crosses the ball in from the free kick.

22:33

The ball is delivered by Joe Rafferty, clearance by Will Antwi.

20:00

Jon Meades fouled by Jason Kennedy, the ref awards a free kick. Mat Mitchel-King restarts play with the free kick.

17:06

Free kick crossed right-footed by Stacy Long from left channel, clearance by Ashley Grimes.

17:06 Booking

Booking Booking for Joe Rafferty for unsporting behaviour.

16:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rashid Yussuff by Joe Rafferty.

13:21

Joe Rafferty produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

12:33

Phil Edwards fouled by Paul McCallum, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.

12:15

Toby Ajala concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Kennedy. Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.

11:16

Foul by Terry Gornell on Will Antwi, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Warren Cummings from own half, save by Josh Lillis.

9:54

Rashid Yussuff gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rhys Bennett. Rhys Bennett takes the free kick.

7:15

Foul by Peter Cavanagh on Luke Moore, free kick awarded. Neil Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.

7:03

The ball is crossed by Andrew Tutte, clearance by Mat Mitchel-King.

3:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Grant by Jon Meades. Bobby Grant has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

2:33

The assistant referee signals for offside against Paul McCallum. Indirect free kick taken by Rhys Bennett.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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