AFC Wimbledon finally secured a win at their new Plough Lane home last night against Gillingham.
Under the managership of their former Youth Coach Mark Robinson and with a change of formation to a more balanced 4-2-3 -1, it was Gillingham who were the latest visitors
The Gills have proved useful on the road, with their direct style, bringing back memories of the previous reincarnation of Wimbledon.
Wimbledon, made a couple of changes from the side well beaten at Peterborough last time out. Ben Heneghan returned in the centre of defence to partner Will Nightingale with Luke O’Neill dropped to the bench and Darnell Johnson, the loanee from Leicester, moving to right back.
Dons head coach Robinson had called for a solid performance from his team, placing emphasis on the players asking to play a certain way. The first half was certainly testament to that with Wimbledon playing on the front foot for much of the half but unable to gain any advantage.
Gillingham were, however, certainly frustrated and the first half ended 0-0.
At the start of the second half Gillingham made two changes to try and gain an advantage. For 15 to 20 Minutes they certainly piled on the pressure, but Wimbledon stood firm and started to get control of the game, with both their fullbacks making good steady progress down both flanks.
However, Gillingham stood firm and it wasn’t until the 89th Minute that Jack Rudoni, a product of the Clubs youth system, made the break through with a wonder strike, which was enough too win the game for Wimbledon.
It was indeed no more than Wimbledon deserved and was evident by the fact that Gillingham began arguing at every decision that went against them even after the final whistle had gone.
So Wimbledon won 1-0 and layed down a marker, for making Plough Lane a fortress. The win also lifted Wimbledon out of the relegation zone.
Will Fortress Plough Lane see off Hull City? The Tigers are next up for Robinson’s men on Saturday.