Tranmere suffer disappointing loss to Wimbledon

Tranmere hosted AFC Wimbledon yesterday for a 3pm kick-off in their latest fixture in the 2022/23 League Two season.

Ahead of the game, Micky Mellon said, “Like us, [Wimbledon has] done well with a very young group as well. They’ll have a lot of energy and a lot of ambition in their group so it should make for a really good game. We’ll be ready, we’ve had a good week of preparation and we want to grow from last week’s performance so we’re looking forward to it.

“We attack every game and try to win it and if we do the things that we’re capable of doing well then we’ll give ourselves a good chance of getting a result.”

Match Report: Tranmere Rovers v AFC Wimbledon

Tranmere Rovers 0 v 2 AFC Wimbledon
GoalsChislett (8′)
Assal (82′)
AssistsDavison (82′)
HT 0-1

Tranmere suffered a disappointing 2-0 loss to AFC Wimbledon at Prenton Park yesterday afternoon.

It was Rovers that had the first chance at goal with just two minutes on the clock. Paul Lewis tried a shot from the centre of the Wimbledon box, but his effort was saved in the bottom left corner.

However, Wimbledon’s Ethan Chislett opened the score sheet a few minutes later with a shot from a fortunate ricochet at an awkward angle that beat Doohan into the top right corner of his net.

Southampton loanee and fan favourite, Dynel Simeu, was shown the red card after grabbing Harry Pell around the neck and throwing him to the floor in the 30th minute, leaving trailing Tranmere with 10 men.

Two minutes later, Paul Lewis had another punt at the Wimbledon goal but despite being close, his shot from the right side of the box missed to the left.

Tranmere came out for the second half slightly more sprightly and quickly had efforts at goal from Kieron Morris and Neill Byrne.

Things looked like Tranmere could draw level when, at 66 minutes, Wimbledon keeper, Nikola Tzanev, conceded a penalty with a foul on the ever-present Paul Lewis.

Hemmings stood up to take the penalty, but in what can be best described as a feeble effort, his kick down the centre struck the foot of the Wimbledon keeper and was bundled away.

Tranmere’s woes worsened at 88 minutes, when Ayoub Assal’s shot from the left side of the box found the top right corner of Doohan’s net.

Despite an improved performance in the second half, as the final whistle blew, Rovers were on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline.

Tranmere visit Burton Albion on Tuesday 22 November for a 7pm kick off in the EFL Trophy and then visit Northampton Town for a 3pm kick off on Saturday 3 December in their next game of the 2022/23 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes

Fans’ Twitter Reaction

Post Match Interviews


Tranmere Rovers– Formation 4-4-2
1 Ross Doohan GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Ethan Bristow DF
5 Tom Davies ‎ DF
26 Dynel Simeu DF
4 Lee O’Connor MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
6 Chris Merrie MF
11 Josh Hawkes MF
22 Paul Lewis FW
10 Kane Hemmings (C) FW

23 Mateusz Hewelt SUB
19 Neill Byrne SUB
18 Kyle Jameson SUB
17 Rhys Hughes SUB
16 Jon Nolan SUB
27 Jake Burton SUB
20 Elliott Nevitt SUB

Micky Mellon

Match Officials
Thomas Kirk
Assistants: Danny Gratton and Anthony Moore
Fourth official: Ben Toner

AFC Wimbledon – Formation 4-2-3-1
1 Nikola Tzanev GK
33 Isaac Ogundere DF
20 Huseyin Biler DF
30 Paul Kalambayi DF
12 Ryley Towler DF
19 Paris Maghoma MF
11 Ethan Chislett MF
4 Alex Woodyard (C) MF
8 Harry Pell MF
10 Ayoub Assal MF
9 Josh Davison FW

13 Nathan Broome SUB
15 Alex Pearce SUB
39 Quaine Bartley SUB
24 Alfie Bendle SUB
6 George Marsh SUB
25 Courtney Senior SUB
18 Kyle Hudlin SUB

Johnnie Jackson

Attendance: 6010

League Table

League 2 season attendance

06/08/2022Mansfield Town7128
16/08/2022Hartlepool Utd4072
20/08/2022Newport County4070
27/08/2022Colchester Utd5041
03/09/2022Leyton Orient6578
13/09/2022Bradford City5864
17/09/2022Salford City3175
08/10/2022Sutton Utd3007
14/10/2022Crewe Alexandra8001
22/10/2022Harrogate Town2316
01/11/2022Stockport County6800
12/11/2022Swindon Town9425
19/11/2022AFC Wimbledon6010
2022/23 Total home attendance61682
2022/23 Total away attendance45616
2022/23 Total attendance (Home & Away)107298
2022/23 Average home attendance6186
2022/23 Average away attendance5068
2022/23 Total average attendance5618

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