Jack Rudoni’s superb late strike gave AFC Wimbledon three essential points in their relegation battle as they beat Gillingham 1-0 at Plow Lane.
After 89 rambling minutes in which neither side looked particularly likely to score, Rudoni unleashed a powerful push to the top 25-yard corner to win the game.
The home side had the best chances in a poor first half, with Ethan Chislett shooting from six yards and Ryan Longman forcing a nice save from Jack Bonham on the stroke of half time.
Gillingham failed to muster a single shot on target in the first half, but improved after the break.
Halftime substitute Jordan Graham pricked Sam Walker’s palms moments after he arrived, Robbie Cundy and Connor Ogilvie saw the headers fly right next to them and Vadaine Oliver could have done better with a stabbing effort after a stampede.
But from scratch, Rudoni’s astonishing goal earned Mark Robinson’s side three points in their first home game as a permanent coach, pushing the Dons up to 28 points.