The FA Cup - Third Round
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Fleetwood Town 2-3 AFC Wimbledon in FA Cup third round

League One strugglers AFC Wimbledon made the FA Cup fourth round for the first time as Kwesi Appiah's last-minute goal saw off Fleetwood.

Wimbledon went in front thanks to Andy Barcham's clever turn and shot, while Anthony Hartigan scored from the edge the box to double their lead.

Paddy Madden bundled in for the hosts and Ched Evans levelled from the spot after he was fouled by Tennai Watson.

But Appiah scored a dramatic winner when he finished with a fine low shot.

The Dons are bottom of League One but have now won three away games in the competition to reach the fourth round for the first time in their 16-year history.

Fleetwood manager Joey Barton was serving the first match of his two-game touchline ban.

Barton admitted using "abusive and/or insulting" language as well as questioning an official's integrity following the 2-1 defeat by Bristol Rovers in December.

AFC Wimbledon boss Wally Downes: "The boys are bubbling about it.

"You cannot beat a 90th-minute winner, even though it took us to stand off the last four minutes and not concede again when the FA Cup would normally dictate that it would happen.

"I could easily have seen it being 3-3. It was a terrific performance, a great result."

Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton: "I am absolutely devastated because I love the FA Cup. It is massive for clubs like us. But credit to Wimbledon - they hung in there, defended the box when they had to and hit us on the counter attack.

"Hopefully they will get a big tie in the next round and make a few quid because it is the lifeblood of clubs like us and Wimbledon. It can make or break the season.

"I am gutted because I would have liked that little bit of money to invest in the side but I'm really pleased with the character of the lads."

Line-ups

Fleetwood

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Cairns
  • 2Coyle
  • 5Eastham
  • 20MorganBooked at 89mins
  • 23Wallace
  • 22Hunter
  • 25MarneySubstituted forBigginsat 57'minutes
  • 38Wallace
  • 7Burns
  • 9Evans
  • 17Madden

Substitutes

  • 4Holt
  • 10McAleny
  • 16Jones
  • 18Taylor
  • 26Husband
  • 27Biggins
  • 29Sheron

Wimbledon

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 35Ramsdale
  • 2Watson
  • 6ThomasSubstituted forTrotterat 37'minutes
  • 30KalambayiBooked at 11mins
  • 3Purrington
  • 5Nightingale
  • 11Pinnock
  • 8HartiganBooked at 90mins
  • 40WordsworthBooked at 71mins
  • 17BarchamSubstituted forJervisat 81'minutes
  • 9AppiahBooked at 29mins

Substitutes

  • 10Jervis
  • 12Garratt
  • 14Trotter
  • 20Sibbick
  • 22Wood
  • 24McDonnell
  • 28Egan
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
2,131

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away6
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fleetwood Town 2, AFC Wimbledon 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 2, AFC Wimbledon 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harrison Biggins (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  4. Post update

    Ross Wallace (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Liam Trotter (AFC Wimbledon).

  6. Post update

    Ross Wallace (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Hartigan (AFC Wimbledon).

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Fleetwood Town 2, AFC Wimbledon 3. Kwesi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Anthony Wordsworth.

  9. Booking

    Craig Morgan (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Craig Morgan (Fleetwood Town).

  11. Post update

    Kwesi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ched Evans (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

  13. Post update

    Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jake Jervis (AFC Wimbledon).

  15. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Craig Morgan.

  16. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Ross Wallace.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paddy Madden (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Jake Jervis replaces Andy Barcham.

  19. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Lewie Coyle.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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