• By Paul Lagan

Wally takes charge of first match for AFC Dons in 2-1 defeat to Chelsea kids


Wally Downes takes his place in the AFC dugout. Photo by Paul Lagan

Wally Downes made his first appearance as AFC Wimbledon’s new boss tonight as his side went out of the Checkatrade Trophy.

The Dons lost 2-1 to Chelsea’s u-21 side at Stamford Bridge. After going 2-0 down, Downes, who had stayed in the stands for the first half appeared in the dugout, took control from Simon Bassey and made an instant double-substitution.

One of those, Anthony Wordsworth took just two minutes to haul themselves back into the tie. A classy overhead kick from eight yards out reduced the deficit.

It looked like a positive game-changing decision by Downes. But as the visitors pummelled the Chelsea’s defence in search of an equaliser, Wordsworth went from hero to zero as he was given a straight red card by referee Charles Breakspear for hacking down right back Tariq Lamptey with five minutes left.

Anthony Wordsworth is given a straight red card for fouling Tariq Lamptey five minutes from the final whistle

Downes takes charge of his first league match, at home, on Saturday, against Rochdale.