Michael Bostwick’s second-half goal was enough for in-form Burton Albion to earn a fifth consecutive win as they triumphed 1-0 at AFC Wimbledon.
After a dismal first half in which both sides struggled for any sort of rhythm, Bostwick forced home a winner just before the hour mark.
The centre-back was the recipient of Mike Fondop’s knock-down from a long throw into the Wimbledon area, to poke past Sam Walker from close range.
Poor in possession on a night to forget at Plough Lane, the Dons did not register a meaningful shot at goal and remain anchored in the relegation zone.
Jaakko Oksanen’s effort from 20 yards was the closest the Dons came as Burton goalkeeper Ben Garratt enjoyed an easy night.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s visitors should have added a second when Tom Hamer surged into the box but failed to pull the trigger. But it mattered not as the Brewers moved five points clear of League One’s bottom four.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 22HeneghanBooked at 49mins
- 24DobsonSubstituted forOksanenat 83′minutes
- 29LongmanSubstituted forReillyat 69′minutes
- 19McLoughlinSubstituted forAssalat 68′minutes
- 12RudoniSubstituted forPalmerat 68′minutes
- 40RoweSubstituted forTaylorat 85′minutes
- 33Fondop-TalomSubstituted forHemmingsat 90+1′minutes
Match ends, AFC Wimbledon 0, Burton Albion 1.
Second Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 0, Burton Albion 1.
Nesta Guinness-Walker (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jonny Smith (Burton Albion).
Attempt saved. Jaakko Oksanen (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Reilly.
Foul by Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon).
Hayden Carter (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Kane Hemmings replaces Mike Fondop-Talom.
Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by John Brayford.
Callum Reilly (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Terry Taylor (Burton Albion).
Offside, AFC Wimbledon. Nesta Guinness-Walker tries a through ball, but Ayoub Assal is caught offside.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Terry Taylor replaces Danny Rowe.
Foul by Callum Reilly (AFC Wimbledon).
Danny Rowe (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Jaakko Oksanen replaces George Dobson.
Attempt saved. Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nesta Guinness-Walker with a cross.
Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Nesta Guinness-Walker.
Ollie Palmer (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mike Fondop-Talom (Burton Albion).