Football: Virtue of Trustfull

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Sheffield Wednesday 3

Donaldson 42, Trustfull 78, 83

Wimbledon 1

Goodman 85

Attendance: 26,957

Orlando Trustfull came off the substitutes' bench yesterday to score two goals in five minutes and possibly take Sheffield Wednesday into Europe.

The Dutchman's double followed O'Neill Donaldson's opening strike. Donaldson, 27, playing in just his second game for Wednesday after being signed from Doncaster two years ago, was given his chance by David Pleat as the strikers David Hirst and Andy Booth were sidelined.

Wednesday carved out the better chances early on, with Benito Carbone miscuing from the edge of the area and Donaldson pulling the ball wide from a tight angle. Wednesday should have gone ahead in the 40th minute after Wimbledon's centre-back Brian McAllister blocked Carbone's cross with his hand. Mark Pembridge missed the resulting penalty.

Donaldson grabbed the lead two minutes later after neat passing on the edge of the Wimbledon box. Carbone picked out Guy Whittingham, who threaded the ball to Donaldson. He coolly swept it beyond Neil Sullivan's reach from 15 yards. Wimbledon's Oyvind Leonhardsen almost conjured up a goal in the 60th minute. He hooked the ball over his shoulder, with Kevin Pressman rooted to the spot, but it crashed against the bar.

Trustfull struck after 78 minutes. He ran 20 yards down the left before cutting inside and hitting a 20-yard shot into the back of the net. Trustfull's clinical finish in the 83rd minute, after Carbone's break down the right, sealed the win, though the Dons' substitute Jon Goodman pulled one back five minutes from time.

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