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13 April 2019 Venue Prenton Park Attendance

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Preview: MK Dons

11 April 2019

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers return to Prenton Park on Saturday for a Sky Bet League Two promotion six-pointer as they host MK Dons, 3pm kick-off.

Micky Mellon’s side remain in contention for a top three finish with five games of the season to play.

Following the goalless draw away at Newport County, TRFC are fifth in the fourth-tier, four points away from Saturday’s opponents, who occupy third position and the final automatic promotion place.

Paul Tisdale’s Dons visit the Wirral looking to get back to winning ways after a 2-0 home defeat to leaders Lincoln City last weekend.

Team news

Luke McCullough and Ishmael Miller remain on the sidelines for TRFC. Otherwise, Mellon has no new injury concerns heading into this weekend's match. 

The Dons’ season so far

As the campaign enters its final month, Tisdale’s men are well on course to secure an immediate return to Sky Bet League One after relegation last May.

Tisdale was appointed as the permanent successor to Dan Micciche at the Buckinghamshire club in June 2018.

And the former Exeter boss has guided the Dons to third in the table having collected 72 points from their 41 fixtures played so far – winning 21, drawing nine and losing 11.

Should they win today, MK Dons could climb above Mansfield Town and up to second if results go their way.

One to Watch

Forward Kieran Agard currently leads the way at the top of MK Dons’ goalscoring charts.

Agard started out with Everton, making three first-team appearances for the Toffees.

He left Goodison Park permanently in 2011, spending a year playing at Yeovil Town.

The Londoner then moved on to Rotherham United in 2012, where he turned out 78 times as the Millers won back-to-back promotions from League Two to the Championship.

Agard was on the books at Bristol City for two seasons before making the transfer to Buckinghamshire in 2016.

This term, the 29-year-old has scored 20 goals for the Dons in all competitions as they aim for a return to the third-tier at the first attempt.

Tickets

Fancy heading down to Prenton Park this Saturday afternoon to watch some affordable football and cheer on Micky’s lads as TRFC welcome MK Dons to the Wirral?

Match tickets for our home game against the Dons are still available to purchase either in person at the Prenton Park ticket office or online by CLICKING HERE

Tickets start from as little as just £2 for U12s and adults from £18 with family tickets available to save money. It is £2 cheaper to buy online, which we encourage all supporters to do.

TRFC’s online ticket store is also the perfect place to purchase tickets for upcoming Sky Bet League Two games, both home and away, and away coach travel.

So let's Pack the Park and get behind the team!

Match Officials

Referee: John Brooks

Assistants: Philip Dermott and James Wilson

Fourth Official: Amy Fearn

Match Coverage

Can’t make it to Rovers’ home game against MK Dons on Saturday afternoon? Don’t worry as you can keep up with goings on at Prenton Park.

You can now sign up to Tranmere Rovers’ iFollow, which allows access to extended highlights and interviews with manager Micky Mellon and a player, after the game.

To sign up, click here

Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.

Twitter: @tranmererovers

Facebook: @trfcofficial

Instagram: @tranmererovers

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Match Reports

Report: Tranmere 2-1 MK Dons

13 April 2019

Tranmere Rovers returned to winning ways with an excellent win against MK Dons at Prenton Park by two goals to one.

Goals from David Perkins and Connor Jennings sealed the win, with Kieran Agard scoring for the visitors, but Rovers held on superbly to a valuable three points in front of the largest home league attendance of the season.

Manager Micky Mellon brought in Ben Pringle to the starting line-up against the promotion chasing Dons.

MK Dons came close within the first five minutes, a scramble in the Rovers penalty box after a corner kick resulted in Ousseynou Cisse and Kieran Agard both looking to stab the ball beyond Scott Davies but the TRFC defence managed to hack clear.

Five minutes later, the EFL League Two Player of the Season, James Norwood went through on goal on the right hand side, after a through ball from Kieron Morris, but from a tight angle, goalkeeper Lee Nicholls was able to make the save.

Both teams were looking to mark their territory on the game and it was turning into a competitive affair between two sides at the top of the League Two table. MK Dons’ physical approach in attack was proving to be a test for the central defenders whilst Norwood and Jennings were finding pockets of space in the final third.

Powerful number 10 Chuks Aneke, a graduate from Arsenal’s academy, used his strength to work his way through the Rovers backline, but Mark Ellis got across in time to put the striker off as his effort flew into the Essar Kop Stand.

Midway through the first half, Jennings cleverly picked out Norwood for strike from roughly 20 yards out, but Nicholls was equal to the attempt to turn around the post for a corner.

Tranmere drew first blood on the half hour mark, as Perkins, a revelation since joining the Club from Rochdale, connected sweetly with a first-time effort from the edge of the penalty area after a corner was cleared by the Dons defence as Rovers took the lead.

However, Tranmere’s joys were short lived as they were dealt with a double blow, as Dons equalised within two minutes as Agard flicked home a Jake Hesketh cross, with the striker putting an obvious push on Ellis for the goal, and before the game could get restarted, goal scorer Perkins had to be withdrawn with an injury.

Jay Harris came on to replace the Rovers goal scorer, and played the exact same position, and in the 41st minute, he had his first strike on goal, a tame effort which rolled kindly into the goalkeeper’s arms.

The final chance of the half fell to Hesketh, who provided the assist for Dons’ goal, but Davies made a low save to deny the visitors’ number 11.

Tranmere came out ready for a battle as they looked to regain the lead at Prenton Park, as Norwood was looking a real nuisance in the final third.

The home side were really pilling on the pressure and the SWA was right behind the team and it all came to fruition in the 62nd minute courtesy of Jennings.

With Norwood tying his shoe lace, Banks went wide to Pringle and the on loan PNE man whipped an unbelievable cross to the back post for our second highest scorer of the season, Jennings, to head home at the back post.

Tranmere were in full flow after the goal and in search of a third as Norwood nearly capitalised on a defensive mix up, but a brave header from Callum Brittain saved their blushes.

Mellon’s men, roared on by an excellent crowd at Prenton Park, managed the remainder of the game excellently to secure a valuable three points against Paul Tisdale’s men.

Tranmere Rovers’ next league game is this coming Friday, Good Friday, at Prenton Park, against Play-Off contenders Forest Green Rovers. We need you to be the 12th man once again and cheer the lads on, purchase tickets now online for cheaper by CLICKING HERE.

Tranmere team: Davies, Ridehalgh, Monthe, Ellis, Caprice, Pringle, Perkins (Harris 32), Banks, Morris, Jennings, Norwood. Unused subs: Pilling, Nelson, Buxton, Gilmour, Mullin, Dagnall.

Attendance: 8,357 (347 away)

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Garnett urges SWA to #PackThePark

8 April 2019

TRFC legend Shaun Garnett has encouraged the SWA to pack Prenton Park ahead of this weekend’s crucial game against MK Dons.

He played in front of crowds of 15,000 and above so knows more than most the impact that the SWA can have going into games at Prenton Park.

Garnett, who made 112 appearances including winning the Leyland DAF trophy and promotion from Division Three said: “Playing in front of a bigger crowd is massive for both the players and staff. Over the years, Prenton Park has generated an atmosphere that has helped us achieve the success that we have.

“Our supporters over the years have been very loyal and have been so important to the Club, both in the bad times and the good. If we could fill some more seats on Saturday, I know it would be a great lift for the lads”

With part of the Club’s focus being on growing the next generation of fans, Shaun thinks that now is the time to bring along the #SWA2 to Prenton Park.

“The next generation of fans is so important so Tranmere Rovers. We’ve got to do our best to encourage kids to come to Prenton Park and I think that the #SWA2 initiative is a great way to do that and help keep this Club in a healthy position”

The Club’s community values are at the core of what we do at Rovers and this sentiment is echoed by Shaun.

“The community plays a massive part in what we do here. Ever since I started here in the 80s, it has been a community Club and the whole community will play a massive part in any success we have this season.”

Our highest attendance in the league this season was 8,098 against Carlisle United. We’re challenging the SWA to beat that and #PackThePark for what promises to be a brilliant atmosphere.

U12s tickets are just £2 and adults are from just £18 if bought ONLINE HERE.

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