Wimbledon 0 West Brom 0
West Brom manager Gary Megson blamed nerves for his side’s latest setback.
The Baggies’ promotion bid continued to falter tonight in a goalless draw against Nationwide One bottom side Wimbledon at the National Hockey Stadium.
Megson said: “I don’t think the players could have put in any more effort.
“We have got a clean sheet but not much more. We have got lots of young, nervous players out there and it is difficult to play good attacking football when your players are feeling like that.
“All we can do is keep this work ethic going and hopefully the results will follow, but we do need to get out of this trough we are in.”
Wimbledon manager Stuart Murdoch felt his side did enough for all three points but knows they face a tough new year.
“I thought we played well and showed a lot of character and we were unlucky not to win it in the end.
“We had twice as many chances as they did and it was a real shame we could not nick it at the end.
"The players have grown in confidence after our last two results and some are really on top of their game.
“I am pleased with the performance because we have put together two results and two clean sheets back-to-back for the first time this season and we are certainly putting teams under more pressure.
“It will be a tall order to get out of this, but if we can play like that with that sort of confidence and belief we stand a chance and we will give it a go.”
Wimbledon started brightly, hassling and harrying West Brom into early mistakes and it was the home side who threatened early on.
Teenage striker Jamie Mackie saw his early shot fly just wide and after 14 minutes the Dons put together the best move of the half, orchestrated by the outstanding Adam Nowland.
He exchanged passes with Nigel Reo-Coker and Jermaine Darlington and eventually slid a perfect ball through for Patrick Agyemang who fired his shot over.
The Dons were dominant as the half-hour approached, and Agyemang, Mackie and Nowland all tested Russell Hoult.
Although Wimbledon enjoyed greater possession and territory, West Brom looked dangerous on the break and could have scored twice in the first period.
After 18 minutes Steve Banks saved well from Rob Hulse’s effort, and seven minutes before half-time Hulse turned provider, laying on a cross for Jason Koumas, who shot disappointingly straight at Banks.
The second period began with chances at both ends, but it was Wimbledon who created the better openings.
With 20 minutes left substitute Wayne Gray should have scored but he skied his shot over. Wade Small and Agyemang both then squandered good chances soon after and with three minutes left Wimbledon could have won it.
Koumas carelessly gave the ball to Gray who fed Agyemang, but his shot was brilliantly saved by Hoult, leaving Wimbledon rock bottom and West Brom second going into the new year.