Tranmere convincingly beaten at Wimbledon

Tranmere visited AFC Wimbledon this afternoon in their latest game of the League 2 season.

Ahead of the game, Nigel Adkins said, “I’ve found very quickly that every game in League Two is going to be a challenge because people set up now instead of being a traditional way of playing, there’s a lot of teams who are a lot more flexible, there’s a lot of real bright coaches out there, for example the Wimbledon manager, Johnnie Jackson.

“When I went in at Charlton, Johnnie was assistant to me. When you talk about how quickly we can get messages across to teams, sometimes you need a longer period of time and Johnnie’s obviously been in there now for over a year so how he wants to play, he has been able to have that message coming across.

“They’ve recruited well, they’ve got massive threats. So we’re under no illusions, this is going to be a real challenging game, but one we’re looking forward to.”

Match Report: AFC Wimbledon v Tranmere Rovers

AFC Wimbledon 4v1 Tranmere Rovers
Little (21′)
Al Hamadi (32′, 62′, 88′)
GoalsJennings (4′)
Bugiel (21′, 32′)
Little (62′)
Neufville (88′)
AssistsDavies (4′)
HT 2-1

Ali Al-Hamadi scored a hat-trick as AFC Wimbledon secured their first home victory of the League Two campaign, staging a comeback to convincingly defeat Tranmere Rovers.

Nigel Adkins selected an unchanged starting eleven from the previous week’s triumph against Accrington Stanley, and the sole modification to the squad was Lee O’Connor’s return to the bench, replacing the injured Chris Merrie.

Right from the outset, Rovers displayed their attacking intent, with Sam Taylor narrowly missing the target with his shot, delivered by a Josh Hawkes cross, just two minutes into the match.

Tranmere swiftly seized the advantage, as Connor Jennings converted a corner kick to propel his team into the lead a mere four minutes into the encounter.

Rovers’ supporters took part in a one-minute applause tribute during the 15th minute, honouring the young girl who tragically lost her life in a devastating incident on the M53 the day before.

AFC Wimbledon drew level in the 21st minute when Armani Little’s shot took a deflection, eluding Luke McGee’s reach.

The home side applied continuous pressure over the subsequent ten minutes, but resolute defending by Rovers and crucial saves by McGee thwarted their efforts until the 32nd minute, when Ali Al-Hamadi was released one-on-one with the goalkeeper, propelling Wimbledon into the lead.

Wimbledon persisted in their attacking efforts and ultimately carried a one-goal advantage into the halftime interval.

At the break, Rovers introduced two substitutions, with Harvey Saunders and Kieron Morris coming on for Sam Taylor and Brad Walker.

Jordan Turnbull received a red card in the 53rd minute for a foul committed on the halfway line.

Wimbledon extended their lead in the 62nd minute, with Al-Hamadi netting his second goal of the match.

Late in the game, Al-Hamadi completed his hat-trick, securing a 4-1 victory for Wimbledon.

Tranmere host Bradford City on Tuesday 3 October for their next game of the 2023/24 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Credit: Tony Coombes

Fans’ Twitter Reaction

Post Match Interview


AFC Wimbledon – Formation 4-4-2
12 Alex Bass GK
33 Isaac Ogundere DF
26 Jack Currie DF
31 Joe Lewis DF
6 Ryan Johnson DF
4 Jake Reeves (C) MF
7 James Tilley MF
14 Armani Little MF
29 Aron Sasu MF
18 Omar Bugiel FW
10 Ali Al-Hamadi FW

1 Nikola Tzanev SUB
3 Lee Brown SUB
15 Alex Pearce SUB
16 James Ball SUB
8 Harry Pell SUB
9 Josh Davison SUB
11 Josh Neufville SUB

Johnnie Jackson

Match Officials
Daniel Middleton
Assistants: Marvyn Amphlett and Andrew Hickman
Fourth official: Farai Hallam

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-5-1
1 Luke McGee GK
24 Dan Pike DF
6 Jordan Turnbull DF
5 Tom Davies (C) DF
21 Josef Yarney DF
18 Connor Jennings MF
20 Samuel Taylor MF
8 Regan Hendry MF
4 Brad Walker MF
11 Josh Hawkes MF
12 Charlie Jolley FW

13 Joe Murphy SUB
2 Lee O’Connor SUB
27 Connor Wood SUB
25 Robert Apter SUB
7 Kieron Morris SUB
14 Kristian Dennis SUB
19 Harvey Saunders SUB

Nigel Adkins

Attendance: 7367

League 2 season attendance

2023/24 Total home attendance34050
2023/24 Total away attendance29807
2023/24 Total H&A attendance63857
2023/24 Average home attendance6810
2023/24 Average away attendance5961
2023/24 Average H&A attendance6386

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