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23 February 2019 Venue Prenton Park Attendance

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English Football League - League Two

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Preview: Notts County

22 February 2019

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers are back at Prenton Park on Saturday when they welcome Notts County in League Two, 3pm kick-off.

Micky Mellon’s side are unbeaten in three games following Tuesday night’s 2-1 win away at Port Vale.

Top scorer James Norwood scored in each half as the forward took his tally to 22 league goals this term as Rovers hung on in Staffordshire despite Ben Whitfield’s strike to move up to ninth in the fourth-tier, three points from the Play-Offs.

By contrast, Neal Ardley’s Notts head to the Wirral bottom of the division after a 4-1 home defeat to Newport County on Tuesday.

Team News

Sid Nelson is still nursing a broken nose but has stepped up his training this week. Likewise for Liam Ridehalgh who is continuing his recovery from illness but this game may come too soon for him. Steve McNulty's achilles injury is likely to keep him out of action this weekend too. 

The Magpies season so far

It has been a difficult campaign for Notts County, with the Magpies as the foot of the table heading in to the final few months of the season.

The club have had three managers this season, with Ardley appointed in November, replacing Harry Kewell who left his position at Meadow Lane the same month, and Kevin Nolan, who departed in August.

Recent wins against promotion hopefuls Forest Green Rovers and Mansfield has seen Notts drag themselves to the brink of survival.

From their 33 games so far this season, County have won six, drawn 10 and lost 17 – they currently are two points from safety.

One to Watch

Jon Stead leads the way for Notts County in the goal-scoring charts this season.

The 35-year-old began his career at his hometown club Huddersfield, turning professional with the Terriers.

Having scored 22 goals in Yorkshire, Stead moved over the Pennines to East Lancashire, signing for Blackburn Rovers where he got his Premier League chance at Ewood Park.

Since his spell with Blackburn, Stead went onto turn out for Sunderland, Derby County, Sheffield United, Ipswich Town, Coventry City, Bristol City, a return to Huddersfield, Oldham Athletic and Bradford City.

Stead signed for Notts County on a free-transfer in July 2015 and has made over 150 appearances for the Meadow Lane club, scoring ten goals for the Magpies this campaign.

Match Officials

Referee – Scott Oldham

Linesmen: Peter Gooch and Chris Isherwood

Fourth Official: Richard Woodward

Tickets:

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

Match tickets for our home game against the Magpies are still available to purchase either in person at the Prenton Park ticket office or online by clicking here: https://www.trfctickets.co.uk/.

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.

Match Coverage

Can’t make it to Rovers’ home game against Notts County 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 1-0 Notts County

23 February 2019

A well taken goal from Connor Jennings secured a deserved victory against Notts County at Prenton Park.

TRFC’s number 11 struck midway through the second half to make it back to back league wins for Rovers and stretch the unbeaten run to four matches in front of more than 6,000 Tranmere supporters.

Tranmere named an unchanged team for the third game in a row, with the only alteration on the bench as Sid Nelson replaced Harvey Gilmour.

TRFC were playing with a real spring in their step after two wins and a draw in their last three matches. Tranmere had three attempts in the first 12 minutes, with David Perkins, Connor Jennings and Mark Ellis all having sight on goal, but none able to test County keeper Ryan Scholfield.

In the 17th minute, Rovers were denied a wonder goal by the opposition keeper, as deadly duo James Norwood and Jennings linked up. Norwood cleverly chested a Ben Pringle’s cross from the left for Jennings to volley from inside the box, which was palmed over the cross bar for a corner.

From the resulting corner, Jennings looped a header over the cross bar as Rovers were looking a real threat.

County, who were on a good run of form themselves, despite their loss at home to Newport County last Tuesday night, soon picked up the pace at Prenton Park and started to gain sight on Scott Davies’ goal.

Tranmere were nearly gifted an opener as defender Ben Barclay was saved his blushes by goalkeeper and team mate, Scholfield, miss hitting his clearance from Jake Caprice’s cross, destined to nestle in the bottom corner, the keeper pulled off a wonderful save to prevent a certain goal.

The intensity levels continued in the second half as both teams were roared on by two groups of vocal supporters. The first opportunity of the final 45 fell to the division’s leading marksmen, Norwood, heading into the grateful arms of the goalkeeper.

On the hour mark, Luke McCullough, after a solid display in the heart of the home midfield, was withdrawn, Ollie Banks coming on in his place.

Tranmere’s hard work finally paid off in the 68th minute as Jennings put Rovers into the lead. The goal came courtesy of Pringle picking up a loose ball in the midfield, racing through on goal and sliding a pass into the feet of Jennings to slot home in front of the Essar Kop Stand.

There was still plenty of work for Tranmere still to do as County were still looking a threat going forward, but captain and goalkeeper Davies was commanding his penalty area well with the aim to secure back to back clean sheets in the league on home soil.

Tranmere’s second change came in the 79th minute, Pringle, who grabbed the assist for Jennings goal, was replaced by fellow wide man, Jonny Smith.

The hosts were forced to make their third change in the 85th minute, Mark Ellis, after a commanding performance at centre half, came off with an injury after a collision with a visiting player, Sid Nelson on in his place.

Notts County sub Virgil Gomis came within a whisker of scoring an equaliser for the visitors, his half volley creeping wide of the post as he got in front of the TRFC backline.

Norwood had two late opportunities for Tranmere, coming close on both occasions, but Rovers held on to their one goal cushion to make it three wins in the last four matches.

TRFC: Davies, Caprice, Monthe, Ellis (Nelson 85) Bakayogo, Morris, McCullough (Banks 60), Perkins, Pringle (Smith 79), Norwood, Jennings. Unused subs: Pilling, Buxton, Nelson, Dagnall, Mullin.

Attendance: 6,559

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