AFC Wimbledon slumped to their worst home defeat of the season as two-goal Michael Jacobs inspired 10-man Northampton Town to the three points in League Two.
In front of a healthy Tuesday night crowd of 4,271 at Kingsmeadow, two long range efforts in the space of five minutes by Jacobs–the first of which horribly slipped through the palms of Dons keeper Seb Brown—secured the points on a terrible night for the home team.
The Dons were looking to the referee at halftime for gifting Town their lead. Northampton striker Jake Robinson was adjudged to have been brought down by Brown after a neat through ball on the left side of the penalty area.
It was a decision that had Dons fans and manager Terry Brown, who referred to it as "scandalous," incensed. The crowd clearly saw Brown get to the ball first.
But a penalty it was, Adebayo Akinfenwa slotting the ball down the middle of the goal.
Another controversial decision by referee Steve Adcock was to come before the half was out. Nick McKoy went in heavily on Dons’ Sammy Moore on the half way line and, poor a tackle though it was, few expected the straight red that followed.
Wimbledon tried to take advantage of the depleted Town midfield in the second half. Several vicious crosses by right back Sam Hatton agonisingly failed to find a Dons player on the end of them.
But then Jacobs produced not one, but two cream crackers. A harmless looking effort in the 73rd minute should have led to a routine save by Brown, but his fumble gave Town a two goal lead.
Moments later it was three, a better shot by Jacobs but he failed to have any Dons defenders close to him.
A flurry of late Dons chances, as they pushed for a consolation, flew wide—Kieran Djalili and Chris Bush being at the centre of these.
But a goal was not to come, and yet again the Dons defence looked woefully exposed in this league.
A frustrated Terry Brown commented after the game, "Everything that could go wrong, did tonight. Northampton going down to ten men didn’t help us, as we gambled and left too many gaps in the middle.
“I thought we would win the game at halftime. But the reason why we’ve lost tonight is because they’ve had shots from the edge of the area, and we wouldn’t have scored if the game had carried on for hours. We’re not there yet—the balance isn’t quite right.”