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David Oates reports for the BBC
"On this evidence the Crazy Gang have not gone soft"
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Saturday, 11 March, 2000, 17:58 GMT
Cort keeps cool for Crazy Gang

Euell is fouled in the area to give Wimbledon the lead
Wimbledon 2-1 Leicester

It was all smiles for the Crazy Gang as Carl Cort claimed a late winner at Selhurst Park to lift beleaguered Wimbledon.

The England Under-21 hit his 15th goal of the season to ease the Dons' relegation fears and help take the spotlight off the saga over John Hartson's future.

Match facts
33: Ardley fires the opener from the spot
55: Taggart levels for Leicester
87: Cort claims the victory for Wimbledon
Hartson, who missed out on a move to Spurs last week, has now been linked to Leicester following the departure of their star youngster Emile Heskey.

The Foxes looked like claiming a point in their first game without Heskey - until Cort intervened to cap a miserable week for Martin O'Neill's team.

Neail Ardley had put Wimbledon ahead with a first-half penalty, before Gerry Taggart levelled for Leicester 10 minutes into the second half.

But with three minutes left on the clock, Cort made his mark, volleying the winner past City keeper Tim Flowers after Marcus Gayle had flicked on an Alan Kimble corner.

Ardley spot-on

The off-field machinations that have dominated both clubs of late seemed to have an adverse affect on the action during a largely uneventful first half.

Wimbledon dominated the early stages, Robbie Earle, Cort and want-away striker Jason Euell all coming close.


Dons goalscorer Ardley challenges Impey
The Dons' direct approach caused problems in Leicester's defence and a long-ball into the area led directly to the opening goal, as Euell was flattened by Robbie Savage and Taggart in the area.

Referee Paul Alcock awarded a penalty and Ardley sent Flowers the wrong way with his spot-kick.

Wimbledon had chances to extend their lead before the break, but Marcus Gayle and Andreas Lund both headed wide.

Taggart on target

Leicester, though, forced their way back into the match in the second half.

Stan Collymore headed a Steve Guppy cross towards the Wimbledon goal and Taggart was first to react, forcing home his sixth goal of the season.

The equaliser sparked Wimbledon to greater exertions.

Marcus Gayle blazed over after a fine run from Trond Andersen, Flowers saved from Cort and Gayle sent a left-foot shot just wide.

But just when it seemed time would be against Egil Olsen's men, Cort claimed what could yet prove to be a crucial three points.

Teams:

Wimbledon: Heald, Cunningham, Willmott, Andersen, Kimble, Ardley, Earle, Euell, Gayle, Cort, Lund. Subs: Blackwell, Hughes, Badir, Andresen, Davis.

Leicester: Flowers, Impey, Elliott, Sinclair, Taggart, Guppy, Lennon, Izzet, Savage, Cottee, Collymore. Subs: Gilchrist, Campbell, Marshall, Arphexad, Zagorakis.

Referee: P Alcock (Halstead)
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