Elkins saves point for Dons

from "British Soccer Week"

A dramatic injury-time equaliser from Gary Elkins earned Wimbledon a share of the points.

The defender notched his first goal of the season just seconds into stoppage time with a free-kick from 20 yards which took a deflection past Liverpool goalkeeper David James.

That cancelled out Jamie Redknapp's 65th-minute opener for Liverpool.

Robbie Fowler fed the ball inside and Redknapp slammed in a low shot from 25 yards. Wimbledon keeper Hans Segers got a hand to it, but could only help it onto a post, and it bounced into the net.

That came after a spell of intense Wimbledon pressure. Elkins was swinging over corners from both sides and, after 61 minutes, Robbie Earle had a header tipped over by James, and from the resulting corner another Earle header was cleared off the line by Rob Jones.

Yet Liverpool overall had the better chances, dominating the early stages.

Fowler shaved a post with a shot after two minutes, then produced a good save from Segers four minutes later and, after 10 minutes, Fowler headed a chip from John Barnes against a post and Steve McManaman could not quite control the rebound and it skidded wide.

Wimbledon fought back and after 31 minutes Steve Nicol had to hook the ball clear after James dropped an Elkins corner, and four minutes later James dropped another Elkins corner but managed to scramble across his line to save a drive from John Scales.

Having taken the lead, Liverpool could have sealed the game. Fowler put McManaman through after 72 minutes but that man Elkins managed to put in a crucial tackle, and two minutes later Segers saved well at close range from Redknapp.

Liverpool manager Roy Evans was unhappy with the refereeing decision which led to his side conceding a free-kick equaliser in stoppage time.

"We didn't think it was a foul," said Evans. "These things even themselves out over the years. It's part of the game - it's not something you can control."

He added: "We think we deserved the three points today. We just felt a bit aggrieved that we didn't get what we fully deserved."

Kinnear said of the incident: "Fashanu said he was being pulled back. Sometimes it goes for you, sometimes it doesn't."

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