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AFC Wimbledon 3-1 Rotherham United

Lyle Taylor finally ended his drought for AFC Wimbledon as his hat-trick fired them to a 3-1 win over Rotherham in League One.

Taylor, who Rotherham tried to sign in 2013, had not scored in 21 games going back to March but he made amends to earn the Dons the points in style, scoring two goals to clinch the game after Joe Newell's fine equaliser for the Millers.

His first came after only 15 minutes as he coolly clipped home after Andy Barcham's brilliant slide-rule pass cut the visitors wide open.

It was a rampant start for the Dons and only a brave header from Kieffer Moore kept Rotherham's deficit at one, when he cleared off the line.

The Millers were far better after the break but it was the hosts that went closest to scoring again, with Harry Forrester's delightful chip pushed on to the crossbar by goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell just after the hour-mark.

And that save proved important as in the 71st minute Rotherham levelled with a moment of real quality as Newell let fly with a first-time volley from 20 yards that rifled into the bottom corner.

Just as it looked like the Millers would push on and try and force a fourth win on the spin, Taylor struck again in the 86th minute, cutting in from the left and drilling home from 18 yards, and then completed his treble in time added on after a horrible mistake by Richard Wood.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Wimbledon

  • 1Long
  • 2Fuller
  • 5Nightingale
  • 32Charles
  • 7Francomb
  • 11ForresterSubstituted forRobinsonat 89'minutes
  • 19Soares
  • 14Trotter
  • 21KajaSubstituted forAbdouat 78'minutes
  • 33Taylor
  • 17Barcham

Substitutes

  • 4Oshilaja
  • 6Robinson
  • 8Abdou
  • 10McDonald
  • 23Kennedy
  • 24McDonnell
  • 26Hartigan

Rotherham

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 25CummingsSubstituted forYatesat 90'minutes
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 6Wood
  • 3MattockSubstituted forAjayiat 89'minutes
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forNewellat 58'minutes
  • 4Vaulks
  • 17Towell
  • 7FordeBooked at 76mins
  • 10BallBooked at 78mins
  • 24Moore

Substitutes

  • 2Emmanuel
  • 5Ajayi
  • 13Rodák
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 21Yates
  • 22Newell
  • 40Wiles
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
3,907

Match Stats

Home TeamWimbledonAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, AFC Wimbledon 3, Rotherham United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 3, Rotherham United 1.

Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Newell (Rotherham United).

Hand ball by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

Goal!

Goal! AFC Wimbledon 3, Rotherham United 1. Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon).

Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Michael Ihiekwe.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jerry Yates replaces Shaun Cummings.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Semi Ajayi replaces Joe Mattock.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Paul Robinson replaces Harry Forrester.

Attempt missed. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon).

Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! AFC Wimbledon 2, Rotherham United 1. Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Harry Forrester.

Attempt missed. Tom Soares (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Andy Barcham (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

David Ball (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Harry Forrester (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Ball (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Nadjim Abdou replaces Egli Kaja.

Booking

Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Andy Barcham (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Forde (Rotherham United).

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Tom Soares.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match George Francomb (AFC Wimbledon) because of an injury.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Barry Fuller.

Darius Charles (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Rotherham United).

Goal!

Goal! AFC Wimbledon 1, Rotherham United 1. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Andy Barcham (AFC Wimbledon).

Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Egli Kaja (AFC Wimbledon) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Harry Forrester (AFC Wimbledon).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury1410402391434
2Wigan1410222681832
3Bradford148332417727
4Rotherham148062516924
5Charlton137332116524
6Oxford Utd146442315822
7Blackpool136431915422
8Peterborough136342319421
9Fleetwood136342322121
10Blackburn126241610620
11Portsmouth146261916320
12Scunthorpe145541310320
13Bristol Rovers146082328-518
14MK Dons145361318-518
15Southend144551826-817
16Walsall143741823-516
17Doncaster144371717015
18Wimbledon14437915-615
19Oldham134271927-814
20Rochdale142751418-413
21Bury133371620-412
22Gillingham14257817-911
23Northampton142391025-159
24Plymouth141491023-137
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