AFC Wimbledon have sent West Ham packing; the Hammers are out of the FA Cup in the fourth round. A top ten team has been outplayed and out classed by a team residing at the bottom of League One.
The first goal coming courtesy of Kwesi Appiah in the 34th minute aided by Anthony Wordsworth, and to the delight of the home fans which certainly raised the roof of the stadium.
Scott Wagstaff bagged a 41st minute goal in a fabulous individual effort to send them in 2-0 up at half time. Heading in to half time at 2-0 up, confidence was high with the Wimbledon team.
That man Wagstaff was up to the challenge again netting his 2nd in the 46th minute with the help of Appiah just after coming out for the second half to make it 3-0 sending the fans in to their own version of dreamland.
Wimbledon lost their way and their shape a little after this and allowed the Hammers back in to the game, giving them far too much possession which showed in the 57th minute when Lucas Perez scored, then in the 71st when Felipe Anderson made it on to the score sheet too.
Wimbledon fought valiantly however, and this paid off by taking the game to West Ham, and in the 88th minute, and having only been on the field for less than three minutes Toby Sibbick converted Anthony Wordsworth’s cross into the box to make it 4-2. Sibbick, 19, had only two goals to his name prior to this match which had come from the Football League Trophy.
Wimbledon had been without a win since Boxing Day last year, so the expectation to take anything away from Premier League opposition was low, but the team have worked hard the entire game to deliver an impressive scoreline.
The hearts of Wimbledon and neutral fans sank a little when the board was held up for 5 minutes added injury time. Yet Wimbledon held firm, and with the last shot of the game ending in the secure arms of Aaron Ramsdale.
Scott Wagstaff, scorer of two goals being interviewed after the match by BT Sport said:
“I thought the boys were excellent, look at the fans here it’s what it’s all about. They worked their socks off all the time and gave them no respect.”
Some of the players weren’t even born when the original crazy gang existed, or when this type of scoreline used to be common place in the league when Wimbledon were in the top flight.
The wonders of Wimbledon!