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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Nadjim Abdou (14')
  • Andy Barcham (59')
  • Cody McDonald (65', 80')

AFC Wimbledon heap more misery on Bradford boss Stuart McCall

AFC Wimbledon increased the pressure on Bradford boss Stuart McCall after winning 4-0 at Valley Parade.
McCall, given a vote of confidence in midweek, was sent to the stands as Cody McDonald's double and goals from Jimmy Abdou and Andy Barcham condemned the play-off chasing Bantams to a fifth consecutive defeat in all competitions.
The Dons completed the double over Bradford, who lost 2-1 at Kingsmeadow on December 23, to move four points above the Sky Bet League One relegation zone.
The visitors went in front after 14 minutes as Abdou curled a Lyle Taylor pass low into the far corner from 12 yards.
Bradford thought they had equalised in the 48th minute when Dominic Poleon had the ball in the net against his old club, but the goal was disallowed for offside in controversial circumstances.
Paul Taylor fired the ball into the box and Matt Kilgallon flicked it into the path of Poleon. At first, referee Geoff Eltringham awarded the goal, but the Wimbledon players persuaded him to consult his assistant and he changed his mind.
Wimbledon scored a second after 59 minutes when Barcham took a pass from McDonald and slid the ball into the net.
McDonald increased the Dons' lead in the 65th minute after beating defender Nat Knight-Percival to the ball before racing into the box. Goalkeeper Rouven Sattelmaier got a hand to his shot but could not prevent the ball from trickling over the line.
McDonald then scored his second and Wimbledon's fourth, sliding the ball past Sattelmaier after exchanging passes with substitute Joe Pigott.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portsmouth 17 +14 38
2 Sunderland 16 +19 35
3 Peterborough United 17 +11 33
4 Barnsley 16 +15 31
5 Luton Town 17 +8 29
6 Charlton Athletic 17 +6 28
7 Accrington Stanley 17 +2 28
8 Coventry City 17 +2 28
9 Blackpool 16 +3 25
10 Doncaster Rovers 17 +1 25
11 Walsall 17 -5 25
12 Fleetwood Town 17 +5 23
13 Southend United 17 -1 23
14 Burton Albion 16 0 21
15 Wycombe Wanderers 17 -1 21
16 Rochdale 17 -9 20
17 Gillingham 17 -3 18
18 Shrewsbury Town 17 -4 18
19 Scunthorpe United 17 -11 18
20 Bristol Rovers 17 0 17
21 Oxford United 17 -7 15
22 Plymouth Argyle 17 -11 13
23 AFC Wimbledon 17 -15 11
24 Bradford City 17 -19 10