Argyle crash to last-gasp defeat against Wimbledon
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 1 AFC WIMBLEDON 2
ARGYLE'S struggles at Home Park this season continued when they were beaten by managerless AFC Wimbledon today, writes Chris Errington.
The Pilgrims have now lost three and drawn two of their six home league games this term.
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Their latest defeat came against out-of-form opponents who had started the day in 22nd position in the table.
Wimbledon took a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute with a goal from striker Byron Harrison.
It stayed that way until the 89th minute when Argyle striker Rhys Griffiths equalised with a follow-up shot after his penalty had been saved.
But Wimbledon grabbed the winning goal in stoppage time with a deflected shot from Rashid Yussuff.
That sparked scenes of wild celebration among the Dons' players, staff and supporters, but it meant more Home Park misery for the Pilgrims.
Argyle's starting line-up showed four changes from the 1-1 draw away to Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday.
Centre-back Maxime Blanchard (head), on-loan Watford midfielder Ross Jenkins and striker Warren Feeney (both groin) were all ruled out by injuries.
On-loan Aldershot Town forward Guy Madjo dropped down to the substitutes' bench.
Durrell Berry returned at right-back after a one-match suspension and that allowed Curtis Nelson to move inside and take over from Blanchard in the centre of defence.
Luke Young replaced Jenkins in midfield, with Paris Cowan-Hall and Griffiths leading the attack instead of Feeney and Madjo.
Griffiths made his first Football League start, aged 32, after signing from Welsh Premier League part-timers Port Talbot Town in the summer.
Wimbledon centre-back Yado Mambo was booked within 30 seconds of the kick-off for a foul on Cowan-Hall.
That put the loan signing from Charlton Athletic under a lot of pressure when it came to his tackling for the rest of the match.
Wimbledon had the first chance of the contest in the 13th minute and took the lead from it.
Harrison slotted into an empty net from only a yard out after Jack Midson had flicked on a low cross from right-back George Francomb.
It had been a poor start from Argyle and their performance did not improve after conceding the goal.
Wimbledon had another opportunity in the 26th minute when Yussuff's low 20-yard drive was pushed away for a corner by Jake Cole.
Argyle struggled to retain possession for any length of time or create chances for the rest of the first half.
Left-back Robbie Williams did have a curling 30-yard free-kick pushed away by 'keeper Seb Brown in the 33rd minute.
But that was the only time Argyle came close to an equaliser before the break.
Harrison wasted a great chance to put the Dons 2-0 up in stoppage time when he headed wide from close range.
There were boos from frustrated Argyle fans as the players trooped off the pitch at half-time.
The Pilgrims had more of the ball at the start of the second period but still could not seriously trouble the Wimbledon defence.
That led to Madjo being sent on as a substitute for Onismor Bhasera in the 58th minute.
Midfielder Conor Hourihane almost equalised for Argyle in the 64th minute but his curling right-foot shot from inside the box was superbly saved by Brown.
With the Pilgrims still trailing, winger Joe Lennox was sent on as a 79th minute substitute for Berry, and MacDonald moved to right-back.
Soon afterwards, Nick Chadwick replaced Hourihane, leaving Young all alone in midfield with three strikers and two wingers ahead of him.
Griffiths stabbed the ball into the net in the 86th minute after Brown fumbled a shot but the striker was flagged outside.
Griffiths did equalise in the 89th minute, though, after Argyle were awarded a penalty for a foul on Madjo by Mambo.
Brown saved Griffiths' spot kick but the striker followed up and tucked away the loose ball.
However, Wimbledon snatched victory in the third minute of stoppage time when a shot from Yussuff deflected off Williams and looped over Cole and into the net.
ARGYLE: Jake Cole; Durrell Berry (Joe Lennox 79 mins), Darren Purse, Curtis Nelson, Robbie Williams; Alex MacDonald, Luke Young, Conor Hourihane (Nick Chadwick 82 mins), Onismor Bhasera (Guy Madjo 58 mins); Rhys Griffiths, Paris Cowan-Hall.
Substitutes (not used): Rene Gilmartin (gk), Matt Lecointe, Jamie Richards, Andres Gurrieri.
WIMBLEDON: Seb Brown; George Francomb, Will Antwi, Yado Mambo, Jim Fenlon; Steven Gregory, Sammy Moore; Jack Midson, Luke Moore (Huw Johnson 82 mins), Rashid Yussuff (Curtis Haynes-Brown 90 +5 mins); Byron Harrison (Christian Jolley 72 mins).
Substitutes (not used): Louis Harris, Frankie Merrifield, Charlie Strutton, Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz.
REFEREE: Keith Stroud (Hampshire)
ATTENDANCE: 6,271 (285 away)
GOALS – Argyle: Griffiths 89 mins; Wimbledon: Harrison 13 mins, Yussuff 90 +3 mins