THE HISTORY OF WIMBLEDON FOOTBALL CLUB
2001
 
18 August 2001
Nationwide League Division 1
Turf Moor
Attendance: 14,473
Ref: Michael Jones
 
Burnley
Gordon Armstrong, Paul Cook, Alan Moore
3 (3) - (1) 2
Wimbledon
David Nielsen, Neil Shipperley
1
Nikolaos Michopoulos
2
Dean West
14
Ian Cox
5
Steve Davis
6
Gordon Armstrong
Goal 40
19
Lee Briscoe
8
Paul Cook
Goal 31
7
Glen Little
28
Alan Moore
Goal 12 Yellow 51 Subbed 86
9
Gareth Taylor
16
Ian Moore
Subbed 89
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12
John Mullin
Sub (28 86)28
30
Tony Ellis
Sub (16 89)16
10
Andy Payton
24
Luigi Cennamo
26
Arthur Gnohéré

Burnley chalked up a second successive win in Division One - but they cannot expect to meet a goalkeeper as generous as Kelvin Davis every week.

Wimbledon's former Under-21 star had a nightmare, his jittery performance the main reason why Wimbledon headed home pointless.

Davis gifted Burnley two of their three goals, and was a bundle of nerves during a first half laden with mistakes.

It had all opened so brightly for the Dons, when poor defending at the Burnley end enabled Danish striker David Neilson to nip in and score from inside six yards.

Burnley were level within seconds when a mis-kicked clearance from Davis was gleefully knocked into an unguarded net by Alan Moore.

A foul by Mark Williams on Ian Moore enabled Paul Cook to convert his second penalty of the season on the half hour, before Davis dropped another gaffe four minutes from half-time.

The keeper spilled a gentle shot from Cook and Gordon Armstrong could hardly believe his luck.

Davis redeemed himself somewhat with a stunning acrobatic save to keep out a header from Burnley skipper Steve Davis, and Wimbledon found renewed hope in the 65th minute.

Neil Shipperley muscled his way into space on the far post to head home a cross from Williams and suddenly Burnley were on the back foot.

David Connelly was desperately close to an equaliser when a cracking right-foot shot fizzed across the turf only to bounce out at the base of a post.

Burnley looked good going forward and Alan Moore did his chances of an extended move no harm. The former Middlesbrough man is on a prove-your-fitness contract for three months and on this evidence he could be around for quite a while longer than that.