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Dons head coach expected Wycombe player to be sent off – South London News

AFC Wimbledon head coach Mark Robinson has said the Wycombe Wanderers should have sent off a player in their 2-2 draw.

Curtis Thompson, who was cautioned for a challenge in the 62nd minute, was tried for handling the ball by referee Will Finnie in the 86th minute. This led to the Wimbledon players begging officials to kick the Wycombe midfielder out.

But, despite the free kick awarded for a deliberate handball, Thompson remained on the pitch for the final 10 minutes.

“I promised myself that I would never talk about the officials as a manager, but they had the same player who handled the ball,” said Robinson. “It would have been his second yellow, and there were four officials there, and none of them noticed it was the same guy.

“They didn’t book anyone. You have deliberate handball and no one has been booked. It would have brought them down to 10 men if they had spotted this.

Jack Rudoni put Wimbledon ahead for the second time in the game when he scored in the 91st minute. Former Dons forward Adebayo Akinfenwa called off the 20-year-old’s opener with a 95th-minute penalty from Wycombe captain Joe Jacobson securing the hosts a point.

“We have to look at ourselves – we were one minute away from winning this game, which would have been a fantastic three points,” said Robinson.

“I told the guys you can’t rely on the officials for performances, and maybe we looked away from the ball. We let the ball bounce from the back, and that led to the penalty.

“There was still something to be satisfied with, but we are sorry we did not get the three points. “