POMPEY SHOCK DONS IN SIX-GOAL THRILLER
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wimbledon scored three goals either side of half time in a 15 minute blitz.
Kevin Cooper gave The Dons the lead after 37 minutes with a tremendous 20 yards strike, before Michael Hughes doubled the home side's advantage ten minutes later with another screamer, this time from more than 30 yards from goal.
Terry Burton would then have though that his side had clinched only their second win of the season just five minutes later when Republic of Ireland international David Connolly netted.
However, Graham Rix's side showed plenty of spirit and Mark Burchill scored a header after 67 minutes to give Pompey a brief glimpse of hope, after good work from sub Gary O'Neill.
Lanky striker Peter Crouch then headed home brilliantly to make it 3-2 with just eight minutes left, to setup a frantic last quarter of an hour.
However, it looked as if Wimbledon would hold on but disaster was to strike just two minutes from time as Lee Bradbury raced onto a long ball only for Darren Holloway to bring him down.
The referee adjudged the offence to be in the area and pointed to the spot while sending the former Sunderland man off. Bradbury brushed himself down to smash home the spot kick to give Pompey a share of the spoils with a 3-3 draw.
Meanwhile, after the game manager Terry Burton was rumoured to be considering quitting the club, but chairman Charles Koppel denied this.
"We are all disappointed by tonight's game, but that is natural," said Koppel.
"Terry wants everything with the club sorted and hopefully we will know about a new location by December.
"We will be discussing things further on Thursday, but Terry is still at the club."
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