AFC Wimbledon 1-2 LFC: Gerrard at the double

FA Cup 3rd Round
Monday 05 January 2015 - 7:55 pm
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Steven Gerrard scored a goal in each half to narrowly edge out League Two side AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup 3rd Round.

Gerrard scores two goals against AFC Wimbledon

With the debate surrounding Gerrard's departure it was no surprise that he popped up with the goals in this televised fixture.

The reds initial dominance in terms of possession eventually got the goal it deserved - a fine cross from the right wing by Javi Manquillo was met by the onrushing head of Gerrard in the 12th minute.

Manquillo had picked up an ankle knock early on and was eventually substituted in the 70th minute.

After going a goal up though the reds looked less emphatic.  Mignolet did turn one shot over the bar, but when Wimbledon got a corner in the 32nd minute you kind of knew what to expect.

The ball sailed past him and Adebayo Akinfenwa managed to get to the follow up to put the ball in the net.  Game on.

From the start of the second half the Wombles were in the ascendancy, but the reds survived the opening ten minutes - the sting having been taken out of the lower league opponents.

Just after the hour mark the reds won a free kick and Gerrard sent the free kick straight into the top left corner - an almost carbon copy of the set piece he scored against Basel.

The game continued with little further incident.  A hapless Rickie Lambert was eventually replaced by Mario Balotelli.  Toure received a brief cameo before his trip to the African Cup of Nations and Enrique too got some minutes under his belt.

Considering the level of the opposition this was another disjointed reds performance.  But the nature of cup competitions is you just have to win.

A 4th round clash against Bolton Wanderers at Anfield now awaits at the end of the month.

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