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Friday, August 28, 1998 Published at 17:08 GMT 18:08 UK

Dons destroy sorry Spurs

Christian Gross can only watch on as Spurs fall to Wimbledon

Wimbledon 3-1 Tottenham

Full-time report from BBC Radio 5 Live
Reports of the Crazy Gang's demise have been greatly exagerrated.

Wimbledon, written off by the experts all summer, showed they still have what it takes to survive in the Premiership, with a resounding win on the first day of the new campaign.

Manager Joe Kinnear has not bought a single player in the close season - but on this display his side does not need much improving.

[ image: Earle: Headed the Dons in front]
Earle: Headed the Dons in front
But for Spurs it was a return to the dismal days of last season, as their rattled defence was over-run by the rampaging Dons.

And Paolo Tramazzeni, Christian Gross's only summer signing, had a nightmare debut in a back line that hardly inspires confidence in the rest of the team.

The Dons were a constant threat in the first half, but they did not take the lead until three minutes after the break.

Spurs keeper Ian Walker was embarrassed by a cross from Michael Hughes and Jamaican international Robbie Earle sent a looping header into the net.

[ image: Dean Blackwell beats Ruel Fox to the ball]
Dean Blackwell beats Ruel Fox to the ball
Nine minutes later the result was virtually wrapped up. The impressive Hughes was again the provider, clipping the ball over for unmarked Efan Ekoku to head home.

Spurs belatedly fought back, led by David Ginola's probing runs.

Wuth 16 minutes left, substitute Moussa Saib, who replaced a tiring Darren Anderton, put a ball over the top of the Wimbledon defence for Ruel Fox to slot it neatly past Neil Sullivan.

Wimbledon were not to be denied, however, and Ekoku made the points safe in injury time, beating Tramazzeni to Marcus Gayle's cross and prodding it over the line.

Wimbledon: Sullivan, Cunningham, Kimble, Perry, Blackwell, Earle, Ekoku, Roberts, Ardley, Hughes, Euell. Subs: Gayle, Heald, Kennedy, Jupp, Fear.

Tottenham: Walker, Carr, Tramezzani, Berti, Fox, Anderton, Ferdinand, Armstrong, Ginola, Vega, Campbell. Subs: Calderwood, Nielsen, Saib, Baardsen, Allen.

Referee: G Poll (Tring)

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