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Blackburn’s four match winning streak in the league came to an abrupt end, as they lost 1-0 at home to AFC Wimbledon thanks to a Kwesi Appiah first half strike. The win for the Dons is only their second in 19 away league games, and it sees them move up to 16th. Meanwhile, defeat for the hosts leaves them in 11th place, 3 points off the playoffs with a game in hand.
Blackburn started the game in a confident manner, whilst Wimbledon looked nervous. Rovers dominated possession and created some early chances – with the clearest coming in the first minute, as Dominic Samuel’s effort from the edge of the area was comfortably parried away by Long.
After soaking up the early pressure, the visitors grew into the game and found themselves 1-0 up in the 16th minute. AFC Wimbeldon’s Kwesi Appaiah saw a shot blocked, before he rifled the rebound past Raya into the top corner for his second goal of the campaign.
Ten minutes later it was almost 2-0 as Dean Parrett took aim from 25 yards. His spectacular effort had to be turned around the post by Raya in the Rovers goal.
Although the remainder of the first half was stop and start with neither team dominating, Blackburn did have a glorious chance to level. Conway picked out an unmarked Samuel six yards out, but the 23-year old failed to direct his header on target. A reoccurrence of a hip injury then saw Conway be replaced by Bradley Dack.
There were no changes at the break in terms of personnel, but Blackburn did up the tempo at the start of the second half. However, it was Wimbledon who should have doubled their lead, as both Andy Barcham and Dean Parrett saw close range shots blocked by Blackburn defenders.
As expected, Blackburn then pushed forward and exerted some pressure on the Dons defence, who were dropping deeper as the game progressed. The home team saw two decent appeals for penalties turned down by the referee, which were just two of a plethora of decisions that went against the hosts during the course of the match.
In the latter stages of the game, both teams had chances to score. Appiah and Oshilaja missed opportunities to make the win more comfortable for the visitors, whilst Caddis and Dack could, and maybe should, have equalised for Mowbray’s men.
AFC Wimbledon held on for an impressive win in the first meeting between the two sides. This result will give them confidence going into the game against their fierce rivals MK Dons at home next week.
Meanwhile, this has halted Blackburn’s mini winning streak. They face a tough test to get back on track, as they travel to unbeaten Shrewsbury next weekend.
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