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Saturday, 4 December, 1999, 18:22 GMT
Easy as 7-eleven for Dons
The crazy gang enjoyed this one

Wimbledon 5-0 Watford

Wimbledon made sure they were not left out of the weekend's goal rush with a 5-0 thumping of Watford.

The Dons proved that the famous crazy gang spirit is far from dead as five different players got their names on the scoresheet at Selhurst Park.

The goals came in order from shirt numbers 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 - Carl Cort, Robbie Earle, John Hartson, Jason Euell and finally Marcus Gayle - with the best of the lot, a stunning 25-yard drive into the top corner.

I'll be damned if I'll support any move which will weaken this club
Wimbledon supremo Sam Hammam

They have no small motivation - Norwegian owner Kjell Rokke has made it clear he aims to sell off some of the side's prize assets in a bid to pay off a 3m debt.

Supremo Sam Hammam is resisting but all this result - Wimbledon's best ever in the Premiership - may have done is raise the price tag on some of his players.

Hammam says he will not give in to his Norwegian paymasters

Three of the scorers - Hartson, Cort and Ewell - are all believed to be on Rokke's unofficial transfer list.

It was Watford's 11th game without a win.

Wimbledon have only failed twice to score in 21 games under Norwegian manager Egil Olsen and against Watford their could hardly miss as they netted five of Saturday's 22 Premiership goals.

Match facts
15 mins: Cort opens the scoring
32 mins: Earle gets No 2
61 mins: Hartson calmly slots home a third
67 mins: Euell drills the fourth goal
78 mins: Gayle makes it five
Their main threat stemmed from masterful set-pieces, generated largely by left-back Alan Kimble's magical left foot.

Cort and Earle capitalised on two of those immaculate deliveries in the first 32 minutes.

Kimble's near-post corner delivery brought turmoil to the Watford defence and although Hartson's thundering header was cleared off the line, it only fell as far as Cort, who drove the ball back over the line for his ninth goal this season.

Earle doubled Wimbledon's advantage in the 32nd minute, scrambling the ball over the line after Cort flicked on another expertly-placed Kimble corner.

At the other end Michel Ngonge spurned a hat-trick of opportunities for the visitors which could have changed the game.

Hartson congratulates Robbie Earle
Hartson, back after two games out with a thigh injury, grabbed the third for Wimbledon just after the hour, chesting down Kenny Cunningham's curled cross before firing past Alec Chamberlain.

Six minutes later Jason Euell chased down a loose ball in the box before drilling a fourth.

Then 12 minutes from time Gayle completed the run with the best strike of all, a stunning 25-yard blast into the top corner.


Wimbledon: Sullivan, Cunningham, Kimble, Thatcher, Hreidarsson, Andersen, Cort, Earle, Euell, Hartson, Gayle.
Subs: Roberts, Hughes, Badir, Andresen, Davis.

Watford: Chamberlain, Page, Palmer, Robinson, Ngonge, Hyde, Johnson, Wooter, Gravelaine, Williams, Cox.
Subs: Day, Noel-Williams, Gibbs, Smith, Miller.
Referee: A Wiley (Walsall)
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