Sammy Moore’s stunning long-range strike was enough to beat a disappointing Wycombe 1-0.
It could have been worse for the Chairboys if not for Elliot Parish’s first-half penalty save from Byron Harrison.
Jo Kuffour started for the Wanderers as one of three changes to the side from Tuesday’s game at Exeter City.
The striker replaced Joel Grant who has been struggling with a hamstring injury, while Charles Dunne and Leon Johnson were also recalled to the starting line-up.
Former Wimbledon man Gareth Ainsworth had the first effort of the game in the fifth minute but he dragged his shot wide from the right-hand edge of the penalty area.
Sammy Moore then tried his luck from 18 yards only to fire high over the Dreams stand. The visitors came close in the 10thminute when Luke Moore delivered a dangerous cross from the right, only for Rashid Yussuff to glance his header narrowly wide.
Wanderers’ best early chance fell to Richard Logan after 16 minutes. Kuffour did well to break forward from halfway and he played Logan in on goal with a perfectly-weighted pass, but the striker screwed his shot wide from 10 yards.
Wycombe were twice inches away from taking the lead in the 25thminute when an almighty goalmouth scramble led to Ainsworth and Doherty both having efforts cleared off the line.
Stacy Long’s powerful long-ranger forced Parish into tipping the ball over the bar before the Dons were awarded a penalty in the 34thminute after Danny Foster was adjudged to have handled Byron Harrison’s shot. It looked harsh as the full-back’s hands were down by his side, but the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Harrison stepped up and fired low to Parish’s left, but the keeper – on his home debut – produced a fine save low to his left. Parish was called into action again soon after, diverting Long’s strike around the post.
The visitors took the lead five minutes before the break when Wanderers failed to clear their lines and Sammy Moore crashed home a stunning long-range effort via the underside of the bar. It was a fine strike from the Dons’ skipper and they deserved the lead after enjoying the better of the first half.
Morgan fired over the bar five minutes after the restart following Logan’s neat flick-on and Ainsworth did likewise in the 55thminute from Spring’s out-swinging corner.
Substitute Huw Johnson had a strike deflected wide from a corner and that was as close as either side got in the second half as both teams struggled to create anything.
The closest the hosts came to equalising was in the 88thminute when George Framcomb lifted Olly Taylor’s knock down past his own keeper, but also just wide of the post.
Harrison was thwarted by Parish after being put through on goal in injury-time and Johnson put the rebound into the side-netting. Taylor then headed at Wimbledon keeper Seb Brown from close-range after Morgan’s dinked cross.
It was a second half to forget with Wanderers unable to enjoy enough possession or territory to threaten their opponents, who thoroughly deserved the victory.
Subs: Winfield, Thompson, Parsons, Morias.
Parish, Foster, Dunne, Johnson, Doherty (c), Ainsworth (Taylor 71), Spring, Lewis (Kewley-Graham 46), Morgan, Logan (Angol 60), Kuffour. Wycombe:
AFC Wimbledon: Brown, Bennett, Francomb, Antwi, Fenlon, Long, Gregory, S Moore, Yussuff (Johnson 67), L Moore (Strutton 90), Harrison.
Subs: Jaimez-Ruiz, Cummings, Harris, Merrifield, Sweeney.R