The Dons were beaten by relegation rivals yet again tonight to leave Terry Brown's men staring nervously over their shoulders.
Wimbledon made three changes to their starting line-up from the side beaten at Hereford with the most notable being the omission of skipper Jamie Stuart and Sammy Moore handed the captainís armband. Callum McNaughton took Stuartís place at the heart of the defence, while Rashid Yussuff and Jason Euell came in for Billy Knott and Byron Harrison respectively.
But any game-plan that the Dons had was in tatters after just 14 seconds when a swift passing movement from the kick-off resulted in a teasing cross from Durrell Berry that was headed home powerfully by Onismor Bhasera.
Wimbledon struggled to get any passing movements going after that stunner and there was a real let-off for the hosts shortly afterwards when Nick Chadwick headed wide from close range. The same player also set-up another chance for the visitors in the 17th minute when he beat McNaughton in the air, but Luke Young shot wide from an acute angle. The hosts finally provided a glimmer of hope for their fans when Jason Euell found space and had his shot deflected wide for a corner. But there was little sign of the spark that lifted Wimbledon to three wins in January as they laboured in midfield and attack.
However, the Dons drew level in the 41st minute when Plymouth were caught napping from a quickly taken Jason Euell short corner and Sammy Moore sent over a cross that Jack Midson met with a header that just crossed the line before Darren Purse could clear it.
The Dons paid the price for another slow start at the start of the second-half though when Bhasera found Chadwick in plenty of space and he had time to pick his spot with a powerful drive that beat Seb Brown at his near post. As on so many occasions during the past few weeks, the Dons were again forced to try and salvage something after being behind and Terry Brown sent on Billy Knott for Jason Euell. But that never changed the pattern of play immediately and Plymouth came so close to doubling their advantage just before the hour when Luke Young rattled the crossbar with a 20-yard drive that had Seb Brown well beaten. Knottís influence did make a difference though and one superb run and cross from the on-loan Sunderland midfielder produced a half chance for Christian Jolley, but the striker just failed to direct the ball towards the goal.
Wimbledon were fortunate that it was not all over with 15 minutes to go when Seb Brown flapped at a cross and was extremely fortunate that Bhasera struck a golden chance straight at him. At the other end, Wimbledon showed how precarious the lead was though with that man Midson around when he stole in behind the Plymouth defence and shot just wide from the edge of the area. Midson was joined in the attack by Byron Harrison, who replaced Christian Jolley with eight minutes to go. Wimbledon failed to make an impression though in the latter stages and it means that the visit of Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday is now even more important.