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Posted Tue 01 Mar 11 at 21:43 PM

Report: Exeter 1 Tranmere 1

Zoumana Bakayogo's first goal for the Club gave Rovers a 1-1 draw at Exeter City on Tuesday night.

The defender, who was a doubt with a foot injury ahead of the game, scored after a quarter of an hour to put Tranmere ahead. There were chances to double the lead through Lateef Elford-Alliyu and Andy Robinson, but the hosts equalised just after the hour mark to secure a share of the points.

There were two changes from the side that began the home game against Yeovil, with Aaron Cresswell returning from injury and Andy Robinson making his first start (with the exception of the abandoned Notts County fixture) since rejoining the Club and Michael Kay and Lucas Akins dropping out. The selection changes meant Robbie Weir moved to right back with Robinson in an attacking midfield role and Zoumana Bakayogo on the left side of the front three.

The starting formation against Exeter

A free kick awarded to Rovers for a foul on Enoch Showunmi in the first minute gave Cresswell a shooting opportunity and the former youth team player forced Ben Hamer to turn behind for a corner with a vicious shot, with Robinson testing the keeper from the set piece that followed.

At the other end Ryan Harley fired wide of the target after turning inside Weir while Jamie Cureton shot over on six minutes from John O'Flynn's cross.

Warner saved from Cureton on 12 minutes but after Hamer slipped in the Exeter goal four minutes later, Bakayogo took advantage to fire in for his first goal for the Club.

Rovers gained in confidence and were quickly back on the attack with Robinson finding Cresswell out wide before his dangerous cross had to be headed clear and Lateef Elford-Alliyu tested Hamer from the edge of the area.

Goodison cleared a tricky Harley cross on 28 minutes and the Jamaican defender blocked a Troy Archibald-Henville shot soon after as Exeter pressured the Rovers area.

Robinson shot straight at Hamer from 25 yards on 36 minutes after being found by John Welsh while Archibald-Henville headed over Warner's bar three minutes before half time.

A double change for the hosts at half time saw Daniel Nardiello and Richard Logan join the action but it was Rovers who started the better in the second half with Cresswell first sending in a dangerous cross before Robinson shot over the bar after Elford-Alliyu's initial effort was blocked.

Warner caught Cureton's close range header on 48 minutes and Liam Sercombe shot wide of the target soon after as the home side came back at Tranmere.

Elford-Alliyu's volley was blocked on its way to goal by David Noble on 55 minutes with Rovers unable to take advantage of the resulting corner.

Bakayogo raced through the Exeter half on 61 minutes before finding Robinson but before the former Swansea player could shoot he went down in the area. Appeals for a penalty were turned down with referee Simon Hooper suggesting Robinson had dived and not been fouled.

Four minutes later Exeter levelled on the counter attack. After Goodison blocked a shot from Harley the ball eventually fell to Sercombe who fired in from close range.

A shot from Harley deflected off Bakayogo on 71 minutes and landed straight to Sercombe whose attempt was blocked by Weir while Cresswell volleyed high over the bar on 73 minutes for Tranmere.

Robinson missed with an effort from outside the area on 85 minutes and it needed a decent save from Warner to keep out Cureton at the other end a couple of minutes later in a tense finish.

A header from Cureton had to be cleared off the line by Cresswell on 89 minutes and a long range effort from Noble went harmlessly wide in injury time.

The home side won two corners deep in time added on but Tranmere defended both successfully to claim a point.

Exeter: Hamer, Tully, Archibald-Henville, Taylor, Golbourne, Sercombe, Noble, Dunne (Logan 45 HT), Harley, Cureton, O'Flynn (Nardiello 45 HT). Substitutes not used: Duffy, Krysiak, Edwards, Stewart, Cozic.

Tranmere: Warner, Weir, McChrystal, Goodison, Cresswell, Welsh, Taylor, Robinson, Elford-Alliyu, Showunmi, Bakayogo. Substitutes not used: Collister, Cathalina, Wood, Kay, Blanchard, McGurk, Akins.

Referee: Simon Hooper

Yellow cards:

Away attendance: 57

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