Ten man Tranmere Rovers fell to defeat on home soil on Saturday afternoon to the hands of AFC Wimbledon.
It was Tranmere who carved out the first sight of goal as Ethan Bristow paced forward and found Paul Lewis on the edge of the box who forced Tzanev to tip around his left hand post
With their first real entrance into the Tranmere box, Wimbledon opened the scoring. Assal found Chislett inside the box who half volleyed the ball past Doohan and into the far corner.
The next goal mouth action came when Morris’ cross from the right was knocked down by Paul Lewis towards the onrushing Josh Hawkes but he couldn’t squeeze between the keeper and defender to make contact.
Matters became a whole lot harder for Rovers on the half hour mark as Dynel Simeu was sent off for an off the ball incident with Josh Davison.
Surprisingly, this gave Rovers a much needed kick up the proverbial as they took the attacking initiative. Kieron Morris shifted the ball onto this left foot and seen his goal bound shot blocked by Towler.
Rovers started the second half in similar fashion to the end of first half, on the front foot. Chris Merrie found himself in a good position on the left before picking out Morris in the box but his snapshot was diverted over the bar by a Wimbledon shirt.
Tranmere were enjoying the mainstay of possession and were applying pressure on the Wimbledon defence. That pressure told as Paul Lewis latched onto a knock down in the box and was wiped out by Tzanev in the visitors’ goal.
Kane Hemmings stepped up to take the penalty but was foiled by the relieved Tzanev who kept the effort out with his trailing leg.
This seemed to take the wind out of Tranmere’s sails and were hit by a sucker punch in the 82nd minute. Assal cut inside from the left and curled a brilliant effort into the top corner past a stranded Ross Doohan.
Wimbledon would see the game out to compound Tranmere to defeat at Prenton Park and take all three points back to London.
Tranmere Team: Doohan, Dacres-Cogley, Davies, Simeu, Bristow, Hawkes (Byrne 32’), Merrie (Nevitt 55’), O’Connor, Morris, Lewis, Hemmings