HESKEY DOUBLE DUMPS DONS
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Leicester striker did the damage for Gerard Houllier`s side as they triumphed away to The Dons for the first time since the inception of The Premiership. Martin Andresen`s goal gave Egil Olsen`s men hope, but they will still be looking nervously over their shoulder at in-form Sheffield Wednesday.
Heskey should have broken the deadlock when he raced onto a perfect through ball from the outstanding Dietmar Hamann, but he failed to beat Neil Sullivan in a one-on-one situation, with the keeper blocking impressively.
Hamann had a free kick kept out by Scottish number one Sullivan and, when he also tipped over a Michael Owen header, it looked as though the keeper was determined to keep out the Merseysiders.
However, soon after Andreas Lund had fired over the top with a rare effort for The Dons, Owen slipped the ball through to Heskey to replicate his earlier opportunity. This time, the England international made no mistake by drilling the ball into the net with his right foot.
It was no more than Liverpool deserved and only another smart Sullivan stop, to thwart a Hamann hammer drive, ensured there was no further addition to the scoreline before half time.
The second period started in a similar vein with David Thompson and Owen missing chances, but the South Londoners began to believe in themselves a little more after Michael Hughes forced Sander Westerveld to make a noteworthy stop.
Andy Roberts then went close for The Dons, but Liverpool always looked dangerous at the other end, and Patrik Berger`s corner was met by Heskey`s glancing header at the near post to double the visitors` lead.
Berger wasted a golden opportunity to clinch the points and Wimbledon took advantage when they got themselves back into the game. Hermann Hreidarsson`s effort forced a great save out of Westerveld and, from the resultant corner, Martin Andresen capitalised on some sloppy marking to score with a deft header.
Duncan Jupp headed over and there were a few scares for Houllier to contend with, but, in truth, it was Liverpool who looked likelier to score again in the closing stages as substitute Titi Camara twice shot wastefully wide and Berger was frustrated by the unlucky Sullivan.
Heskey left the field with what looked to be a back injury, and his international team-mate Michael Owen was also replaced, but The Reds will not be overly concerned after a vital victory that keeps the pressure on the other contenders for a Champions League place.