THE HISTORY OF WIMBLEDON FOOTBALL CLUB
2001
Wednesday, 12 September 2001
Nationwide League Division 1
Selhurst Park
Attendance: 7,138
Ref: Dermot Gallagher
 
Wimbledon
Kevin Cooper, Michael Hughes, David Connelly
3 (1) - (0) 3
Portsmouth
Mark Burchill, Peter Crouch, Lee Bradbury
37
Sasa Illic
24
Scott Hiley
33
Lewis Buxton
Subbed 60
13
Alessandro Zamperini
Yellow 80
15
Courtney Pitt
Subbed 60
34
Neil Barrett
Yellow 72
7
Kevin Harper
8
Robert Prosinecki
Subbed 60
11
Nigel Quashi
35
Mark Burchill
Goal 67
9
Peter Crouch
Goal 76
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26
Gary O'Neil
Sub ((8) 60)(8)
14
Chris Tardif
3
Jamie Vincent
Sub ((15) 60)(15) Yellow 70
10
Lee Bradbury
Sub ((33) 60)(33) Goal 90
2
Jason Crowe

Portsmouth staged a remarkable second-half fightback, scoring three goals in the final half hour to earn a draw with Wimbledon at Selhurst Park.

The Dons looked home and dry after cruising into an early second-half lead.

However, the introduction of former Manchester City striker Lee Bradbury changed the game.

Bradbury was hauled down in the final five minutes, leaving Dermot Gallagher no alternative but to dismiss Darren Holloway and hand Portsmouth a penalty.

David Connolly should have put the home side in front after 21 minutes, but after ghosting into the box he saw his shot come back off the inside of the post.

It took a great goal from Kevin Cooper to break the deadlock.

Michael Hughes doubled Wimbledon's lead three minutes into the second period with a long-range shot from the edge of the box.

Not satisfied with their second-half start, Connolly notched his second of the season, with a strike inside the box only five minutes later.

Former Celtic striker Mark Burchill thought he had pulled one back for the visitors on 64 minutes, but the Pompey forward saw his close-range effort ruled out.

Three minutes later Burchill did get his name on the scoresheet, beating Wimbledon goalkeeper Paul Heald with a well-placed header.

The Dons were rattled by the goal and allowed former QPR striker Peter Crouch to set up a nervous finish, as the giant forward headed home a Nigel Quashie corner on 76 minutes.

Wimbledon could have thrown away the game in the final five minutes and were eventually grateful to settle for a point following Bradbury's penalty.