Twice as good for Dons

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Two bits of good news for Wimbledon fans yesterday. First, the club's co-owner, Bjorn Rune Gjelsten, denied that he and majority shareholder Kjell Inge Rokke were about to sell up and plunge the Dons into yet more uncertainty. "The quote's been made out of fresh air. We've never thought about selling Wimbledon," Gjelsten said.

Then, in injury time at The Hawthorns, the 10-men of Wimbledon conjured a winner against West Brom. Russell Hoult could only parry Kevin Cooper's fierce shot and Neil Shipperley lashed in the rebound for the 1-0 win. The Dons had been a man short from a minute before half-time when their striker, David Connolly, picked up a second yellow card for slotting the ball into the net after the whistle had gone.

"Ridiculous," Gary Megson, the Albion manager, said. The Dons manager, Terry Burton, agreed. "If those are the rules then the rules are stupid. David did what he had to do. It was silly."

With uncanny synchronicity, the Dons' Selhurst Park landlords, Crystal Palace, left it equally late to beat Barnsley. Palace's Finnish international, Aki Riihilahti, headed the only goal of a mediocre game in the 90th minute.

London's third First Division side, Millwall, also won, Stuart Nethercott and Christophe Kinet scoring in the 2-0 defeat of Sheffield United at the New Den.

Gillingham ensured bottom-of-the-table Rotherham's poor start to the season lasted for one more week when they beat the Millers 2-1 at the Priestfield Stadium. Marlon King's seventh goal of the season and Chris Hope's second-half strike secured the points.

Stockport picked up a point from a pulsating 3-3 draw with Grimsby at Edgeley Park. County, without a win this season, led three times, Neil Hardy scoring twice, but each time Lennie Lawrence's Mariners clawed them back.

"We are a contradiction at the moment," Lawrence said. "We have kept five clean sheets but let in 11 goals in the last four games. After the 5-0 defeat against Palace on Tuesday night the most important thing was not to lose. The rest is just nonsense."

The Watford manager, Gianluca Vialli, appears to have brought the unreliable away form of his former club, Chelsea, with him. A 1-0 defeat at Crewe – Rob Hulse settling it with a 37th-minute shot – made it four straight defeats away from Vicarage Road.

In the Second Division, Brighton opened up a four-point gap at the top thanks to a 2-1 win over Bournemouth, whose Eddie Howe scored an equaliser and then an own goal to hand Micky Adams' side the points. Shrewsbury are the new Third Division leaders after Luke Rodgers scored the only goal of their game against Rochdale.

Finally, for the ultimate in sibling rivalry you had to look no further than Second Division Chesterfield's Recreation Ground where David Reeves, the Spireites' striker, faced his twin brother Alan, the Swindon defender. David opened the scoring early in the second half, the first time he'd scored against his twin. Thereafter Chesterfield ran away with it, winning 4-0.

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