AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Morecambe

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SHRIMPS’ boss Jim Bentley said he was happy with an away point at AFC Wimbledon despite seeing his side fail to hang on after taking an early second-half lead.

Gary McDonald headed the Shrimps into the lead on 52 minutes when he got the slightest of touches to a superb Danny Carlton cross but Rashid Yussuff earned the home side a point with a well-worked leveller 15 minutes from time.

Although it was a blow for the Shrimps, Bentley said that past week had been a positive one after the victory over Macclesfield on Tuesday.

He said: “We are obviously disappointed not to have taken all three points after taking the lead but a point at a place like Wimbledon isn’t too bad because I think they are a really good footballing side who like us, have been going through a bit of a tricky patch.

“If we got the three points that would have been a great away performance but I can’t take anything away from the lads.”

The first half saw both teams eager to get forward but despite some decent football in tough conditions there were few clear chances created.

The Shrimps started the second half on top with Gary McDonald having an early chance when he ghosted into the box but failed to control the ball at the far post and the chance went begging.

It was to prove to be an eventful half for the Scot as a few moments later he gave his side the lead when he ran into the area to head a Carlton cross past Brown on 51 minutes.

The Shrimps were then forced to defend for a long period and made some vital blocks through Nick Fenton and Stewart Drummond before the home side broke free 15 minutes from time when Yussuff linked with substitute Billy Knott and broke past McDonald’s tackle to slot the ball past Barry Roche.

The best chance for a winner came three minutes into injury time and it fell to the busy McDonald who again created space for himself in the box but failed to control the ball six yards out when he looked sure to score.

It would have been the perfect way to cap a much better week for the Shrimps.

Wimbledon: Brown, Hatton, Mitchel-King, Stuart, Bush, Moncur, S Moore, Knott, Euell (Jolley 61), Yussuff, Harrison (Knott 61). Subs not used: Turner, McNaughton, Hoyte.

Booked: Moore, Euell.

Morecambe: Roche 7, Haining 7 (Parrish 45), McCready 7, Fenton 8, Wilson 7, Drummond 7, McDonald 7, Fleming 7 (Alessandra 80), Burrow 7 (Hunter 80), Ellison 7, Carlton 7. Subs not used: Kettings, Price.

Booked: Wilson, Fleming, Hunter.