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Half-time Report: AFC Wimbledon

15 March 2014

Kee strikes from the spot to give Albion lead

Billy Kee scored from the spot on 22 minutes to give Albion a 1-0 half-time lead at the Pirelli Stadium against AFC Wimbledon in an entertaining opening 45 minutes.

Albion remained unchanged from their 0-0 draw with Portsmouth on Tuesday evening.

Defender Liam Slade earned a place on the substitutes bench as Michael Symes missed the clash with a minor groin problem.

Winger Chris Hussey, who moved to Bury on loan on Thursday was replaced by young midfielder Jack Dyer.

The game was open from the first whistle with both sides looking to put their authority on the game.

Winger Zeli Ismail was a constant threat and found himself in a more central position bearing down on goal with AFC Wimbledon captain Alan Bennett clambering behind him as the Wolves loan star head just Ross Worner to beat, Ismail's touch took it too far in front of himself as Bennett slide across.

On 20 minutes Albion were awarded a penalty, striker Knowles took a tumble as Bennett's late tackle was clumsy and mis-timed inside the box.

Up stepped Billy Kee for what was his third penalty in three consecutive Saturday fixtures having scored against Accrington and then missed at Oxford.

Kee made made no mistake this time, straight down the middle, 1-0.

Kee was full of confidence after his penalty strike, a long ball from left-back Damien McCrory found Kee on the edge of the ball, the Brewers' top scorer chested down before trying an overhead kick.

The connection was clean but the direction was a yard wide of Worner's right post.

Albion were enjoying much of the play out wide and Phillips was again at his causing the Dons problems.

The winger cut inside, looked to shoot before playing a clever one-two with Kee on the edge of the box on the left wing.

Phillips cut inside onto his right foot and fired a fierce strike at Worner who parried the ball before Andy Frampton cleared off the line for the visitors.

The Brewers went into the break with a much deserved lead and something to build on.

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