A MOMENT of madness from AFC Wimbledon’s goalkeeper cost them three points in Saturday’s crucial relegation battle.
Shot stopper Nik Tzanev, 25, conceded an unfortunate free-kick in the 88th minute which allowed Fleetwood Town back into the game.
The loss has effectively relegated Wimbledon, with either Fleetwood or Gillingham needing a single point.
A wonderful finish from Luke McCormick had given Wimbledon the lead, finding the top corner early in the first half.
And they were heading towards a massive victory, when awarded a foul just inside their own box, with time ticking towards the final whistle.
Tzanev nudged the ball forward to himself from the resulting free-kick.
The referee blew for an indirect place-kick for the home side.
And Joe Garner coolly slotted home.
There was thunderous celebrations at Highbury Stadium as the hosts put themselves one step closer to safety themselves.
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Wimbledon’s last victory came on December 7 against Accrington Stanley.
One Twitter user said: “This might be the worst few moments of goalkeeping I’ve ever seen; and it has effectively relegated AFC Wimbledon. Calamitous doesn’t come close.”
Another added: “Genuinely have no words… means they’re virtually relegated as a result in a huge 6 pointer gotta feel bad.”
Elsewhere in League One, Wigan Athletic look to seal the title and promotion to the Championship with a result against Portsmouth tomorrow.