AFC Wimbledon 2-5 Crawley Town
League Two leaders Crawley recorded an impressive win at AFC Wimbledon.
The Red Devils went 2-0 up through Chris Bush's own goal and Claude Davis' thumping header - both scores coming from Andy Drury corners.
Davis put through his own goal and Jack Midson finished fiercely to level it at the break.
Matt Tubbs' penalty, after a Callum McNaughton handball, put the visitors back in front before Dannie Bulman notched a brace of headers.
The win was the Red Devils' sixth successive victory and they continue to sit two points clear of Southend at the top of the table.
AFC Wimbledon have now lost two games on the bounce and drop out of the play-off positions.
The first ever Football League clash between these two sides saw Crawley 2-1 up inside a breathless first 15 minutes.
Bush sliced horribly into his own net before Davis' powerful header put the visitors two goals to the good, only for Davis to then put through his own net.
Midson deservedly equalised for the hosts with a superb low strike after Crawley failed to deal with a long free-kick.
Crawley went back in front after the interval after McNaughton handled a Davis header from another Drury corner - Tubbs confidently despatching the spot-kick beyond Dons keeper Seb Brown.
Shortly after Bulman wrapped up the points from close range after John Akinde had powered his way into the area.
Bulman then put some gloss on the result with a back post header from substitute Hope Akpan's cross.
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AFC Wimbledon boss Terry Brown told BBC London 94.9:
"It was a shocking defensive display from us.
"We gave them a two-goal start after 15 minutes, both from corners.
"One was a ridiculous own goal and the other a free header.
"It would take a team of exceptional character to bounce back from such ludicrous defending."
Crawley manager Steve Evans told BBC Sussex:
"We were poor first half, despite two early goals. Maybe the lads thought two-up job done.
"I thought our three substitutions today shows our strength and depth we've got. I thought (John) Akinde was excellent. And I thought Scott Neilson and Hope Akpan changed the course of the game.
"We've shown today if we need to change personnel and systems we can. We've lost Tyrone Barnett and David Hunt. Sergio Torres had a caution and was lucky to stay on the pitch so we took him off."
- 01 Brown
- 05 Stuart
- 13 Bush
- 22 McNaughton
- 04 Porter
- 07 Hatton
- 08 Wellard
- 10 Midson
- 12 Jolley (Ademeno - 88' )
- 14 Minshull (Kiernan - 75' )
- 15 S Moore
- 20 Turner
- 06 Johnson
- 18 Kiernan
- 26 Mulley
- 09 Ademeno
- 25 Shearer
- 03 Howell
- 05 McFadzean
- 28 Davis
- 08 Torres Booked (Neilson - 51' )
- 11 Simpson
- 13 Hunt (Akpan - 51' )
- 15 Bulman
- 27 Drury
- 09 Tubbs
- 23 Barnett (Akinde - 26' )
- 01 Kuipers
- 04 Mills
- 06 Akpan
- 22 Neilson
- 17 Akinde
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.89:37
Hope Akpan concedes a free kick for a foul on Ricky Wellard. Direct free kick taken by Ricky Wellard.88:20
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Akinde on Samuel Hatton. Seb Brown takes the direct free kick.87:23 Substitution
Substitution Charles Ademeno joins the action as a substitute, replacing Christian Jolley.85:52
Dean Howell takes a shot. Save made by Seb Brown.85:31
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Bush on Andy Drury. Dannie Bulman restarts play with the free kick.85:06
Corner taken by Samuel Hatton, comfortable save by Scott Shearer.84:35
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Samuel Hatton from the left by-line to the near post, Josh Simpson makes a clearance.83:02
Assist by Andy Drury.83:02 Goal scored
Goal! - Dannie Bulman - Wimbledon 2 - 5 Crawley Dannie Bulman scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. AFC Wimbledon 2-5 Crawley Town.81:47
Jamie Stuart handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Claude Davis takes the direct free kick.81:15
Hope Akpan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sammy Moore. Callum McNaughton takes the direct free kick.79:10
Ricky Wellard fouled by Hope Akpan, the ref awards a free kick. Samuel Hatton takes the direct free kick.77:16
Matthew Tubbs has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.74:22 Substitution
Substitution Brendan Kiernan comes on in place of Lee Minshull.72:19
Matthew Tubbs has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.71:54
Jamie Stuart gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Akinde. Free kick taken by John Akinde.69:58
Christian Jolley has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.68:04
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Simpson by Jack Midson. Dean Howell takes the free kick.67:14
The assistant referee flags for offside against Matthew Tubbs. Seb Brown takes the indirect free kick.
Lee Minshull has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.64:07
Matthew Tubbs has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.63:19
Outswinging corner taken by Andy Drury from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Callum McNaughton.62:40
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andy Drury, clearance made by Callum McNaughton.61:15
Scott Neilson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Seb Brown.59:34
Outswinging corner taken by Chris Bush from the left by-line.58:17 Goal scored
Goal! - Dannie Bulman - Wimbledon 2 - 4 Crawley Dannie Bulman scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. AFC Wimbledon 2-4 Crawley Town.56:22
The referee blows for offside against Christian Jolley. Scott Shearer takes the indirect free kick.55:53
Handball decision goes against Hope Akpan. Seb Brown restarts play with the free kick.55:11
Unfair challenge on John Akinde by Jamie Stuart results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Andy Drury.53:21 Goal scored
Goal! - Matthew Tubbs - Wimbledon 2 - 3 Crawley Placed penalty scored by Matthew Tubbs. AFC Wimbledon 2-3 Crawley Town.52:24
Handball decision goes against Callum McNaughton.52:00
Andy Drury takes a outswinging corner.51:43
Scott Neilson takes a shot. Chris Bush gets a block in.50:18 Substitution
Substitution (Crawley Town) makes a substitution, with Scott Neilson coming on for Sergio Torres.50:18 Substitution
Substitution Hope Akpan replaces David Hunt.48:27
Lee Minshull challenges Matthew Tubbs unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Shearer.48:00
Matthew Tubbs has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.45:01
The referee gets the second half started.45:00 +2:12 Half time
Half Time The match has reached half-time.45:00 +1:14
Jack Midson fouled by Dannie Bulman, the ref awards a free kick. Samuel Hatton restarts play with the free kick.43:06
The assist for the goal came from Christian Jolley.43:06 Goal scored
Goal! - Jack Midson - Wimbledon 2 - 2 Crawley Jack Midson grabs a goal from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. AFC Wimbledon 2-2 Crawley Town.42:33 Booking
Booking Booking for Sergio Torres for unsporting behaviour.42:17
Unfair challenge on Sammy Moore by Sergio Torres results in a free kick. Seb Brown takes the free kick.40:31
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Callum McNaughton by John Akinde. Free kick taken by Samuel Hatton.36:16
Max Porter fouled by Sergio Torres, the ref awards a free kick. Samuel Hatton takes the direct free kick.30:35
Christian Jolley challenges Kyle McFadzean unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Shearer.29:03
Samuel Hatton takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.27:47
Sergio Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Max Porter. Free kick crossed by Chris Bush, clearance by Claude Davis.26:34
Corner taken by Andy Drury, Dannie Bulman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Max Porter. Seb Brown takes the direct free kick.26:19
Matthew Tubbs takes a shot. Save made by Seb Brown.25:11 Substitution
Substitution John Akinde joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tyrone Barnett.23:22
Corner taken by Samuel Hatton from the left by-line.21:40
Matthew Tubbs handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Seb Brown restarts play with the free kick.18:28
Close range header by Matthew Tubbs misses to the right of the goal.16:46
Andy Drury takes the inswinging corner, Max Porter manages to make a clearance.14:57
The referee blows for offside against Matthew Tubbs. Indirect free kick taken by Samuel Hatton.13:32
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Samuel Hatton, Callum McNaughton takes a shot. Save by Scott Shearer.13:08
The referee penalises Sergio Torres for handball. Free kick taken by Samuel Hatton.12:00
Sammy Moore fouled by Tyrone Barnett, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Stuart restarts play with the free kick.11:20
Effort from deep inside the area by Jack Midson misses to the left of the target.10:46 Goal scored
Goal! - Claude Davis - Wimbledon 1 - 2 Crawley Claude Davis puts the ball into his own net. AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Crawley Town.10:37
The ball is delivered by Max Porter, blocked by Claude Davis.8:28
Assist by Andy Drury.8:28 Goal scored
Goal! - Claude Davis - Wimbledon 0 - 2 Crawley Claude Davis grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. AFC Wimbledon 0-2 Crawley Town.8:10
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Drury from the right by-line,6:58
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jack Midson. Free kick taken by Scott Shearer.5:23
Jamie Stuart fouled by Tyrone Barnett, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Seb Brown.2:51 Goal scored
Goal! - Chris Bush - Wimbledon 0 - 1 Crawley Chris Bush puts the ball into his own goal. AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Crawley Town.2:17
Andy Drury takes a outswinging corner.0:31
Shot from just outside the area by Dannie Bulman misses to the left of the target.0:01
Free kick awarded for a foul by Max Porter on Sergio Torres. Dean Howell takes the free kick.0:00
The match has kicked off.
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