Debutant Green has Adams all animated
MICKY Adams admitted he couldn’t have asked for more from debutant George Green after the Everton loanee salvaged a point for Tranmere with a stunning late equaliser against AFC Wimbledon.
The visitors led on 29 minutes through Adebayo Akinfenwa, after his right foot shot from the edge of the box took a deflection that deceived Rovers goalkeeper Peter Brezovan.
But Green was determined to have the final say and deep into injury time curled a stupendous left foot shot into the top corner, sending Prenton Park into raptures before picking up a booking for overzealous celebrations.
A relieved Adams said: “I think the boy lacks confidence doesn’t he! Terrific performance and fantastic ability and I think he’ll be a big player for us in the next seven games.
“For a loan player to come here and have that type of impact is remarkable, but Joe Royle and Roberto Martinez spoke very highly of him. We’ve seen why here.
“I would have been bitterly disappointed to have lost it and not got anything out of the game so to nick a point at the end – we’ll gladly accept that and move onto the next one. I’m really pleased for the boys that we’ve got something out of it.”
Prior to Akinfenwa’s opener, Brezovan was forced into a taxing save from Sean Rigg before flapping at the ensuing corner as the Dons looked to test Tranmere’s resolve.
Tranmere’s Adam Dudgale narrowly headed wide of the post after the break following a delivery from Green.
Green then tested Dons keeper Ross Worner twice before Max Power drove inches wide of the post as Rovers piled on the pressure.
Captain Steve Jennings missed a gilt edge chance to draw Tranmere level, pulling a right foot shot wide from six yards following Jennison Myrie-Williams’ low cross before Green unleashed his stunning strike in injury time to rescue a point.
Right at the death substitute Adebayo Azeez was denied a penalty when he appeared to be bundled over by Janoi Donacien, but referee Andy Woolmer waved it away to the despair of Wimbledon assistant manager Neil Cox.
He said: “It was a definite penalty.
“I think that’s the sixth time now that we’ve had an opportunity of a penalty, especially late on in a game, and we haven’t got it.
“The referee is in a perfect position. He knows it’s time up and he’s got to give a big decision. That’s his job to give a big decision at the end of the game, and he doesn’t give it.”