AFC Wimbledon blog: No Easter treats but there were positives
While Wimbledon fans had no Easter treats to savour over the holiday period, they did witness a couple of hatching developments for what should still be life in League Two.
The 50 points targeted for guaranteed safety continued to prove the toughest egg to crack for the Dons - although just two more would it do now.
This Saturday they visit Broadfield as they renew rivalries with promotion-chasing Crawley - under the new management of Coppell and Brewster.
The extended weekend kicked off with the long, but not-so-Good Friday as Rotherham visited, minus arch-villain Steve Evans - waiting in the wings to take over.
Ben Pringle popped and league debutant goalkeeper Jack Turner couldn't stop in the first half.
Although matters improved second half with Luke Moore again proving vital during a run-in, coincidentally Hoskins struck the killer blow shortly before the end.
On Easter Monday, the Dons fared better first half at play-off candidates Southend, but this time their film-script rise was halted after 70 minutes by Eastwood (prolific goal scorer Freddy back to his Roots, that is) before being blown away by a terrific Anthony Grant strike.
No doubt now that the half century total is becoming an increasingly more hard-boiled problem and it may now come down to being ultimately too impossible a task for those teams struggling behind in their attempts to overhaul Wimbledon.
In which case, there are increasing signs of new life at this level for next term.
Turner’s long awaited chance still managed to showcase some of the positive components of his game - although a run of matches, likewise for winger Brendan Kiernan, is becoming essential.
On the Essex Riviera, new strikers Byron Harrison and Jason Prior failed to net, but displayed pleasing, key aspects about their play.
The tremendous away support at Southend, totalling more than 800 having been boosted by the club’s annual reward to it’s voluntary work-force with another all expenses paid day trip, gained significant consolation after the disappointment of losing loanee defender Pim Balkestein back to Brentford.
Terry Brown’s two other saviours - second half of the season borrows George Moncur and Billy Knott - should remain in midfield to the end, injury permitting.
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In this section
- Dons blog: Season review part one
- Wimbledon blog: And so it begins
- Dons blog: Entrances and exits
- Dons blog: Remembering cup glory
- Dons blog: Time to draw breath
- Dons blog: Eric Idle had it right
- Dons blog: 51 not out
- Dons blog: Prior injury a testing time for commentators
- Dons blog: Accrington's a long way
- Confident Dons shining again