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Match Preview: Stevenage

7 February 2019

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers will play their second home game of the week when Stevenage visit Prenton Park, 3pm kick-off on Saturday 9th January.

Tranmere will be looking for an immediate response after Tuesday’s narrow home defeat against Northampton Town.

Rovers currently lie in tenth spot in the division after 30 matches and a win could move TRFC within five points off the Play-Offs.

Visitors Stevenage sit one place above Tranmere heading into the game and come into the match after a 1-0 home victory against Yeovil Town last weekend.

Tranmere and Stevenage met on the opening day of the season, as Rovers fought from two goals down to secure a point, with marksman James Norwood scoring a brace.

Team news

Ollie Banks is available for selection after missing Tuesday’s game through suspension. Steve McNulty is still carrying an injury and has not trained this week. Ishmael Miller is still a long-term absentee after his operation.  

One to watch

Alex Revell was the match winner for Stevenage in their last match, scoring in the 79th minute at home to Yeovil in a 1-0 win.

The experienced striker has represented Cardiff City, Wigan Athletic and Rotherham United, scoring in the League One Play-Off for the latter against his former team, Leyton Orient.

The 35-year old signed for Stevenage a year ago from Northampton Town, and he will be looking to add to his goal scoring tally this weekend against Tranmere.

Man in the middle

Referee Eddie Ilderton will take charge of this weekend’s game against Stevenage. The North East official has taken charge of just four games this season, his last coming on the 26th January, as Blackpool won 2-0 at Coventry City.

He will be joined by assistant referees Matthew Bristow and Craig Taylor, along with fourth official Barry Lamb


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

Match tickets for our home game against Stevenage are still available to purchase either in person at the Prenton Park ticket office or online by clicking here:

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 the game on Saturday? 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

Tranmere 2-0 Stevenage

9 February 2019

Tranmere Rovers returned to winning ways in dominant fashion, comfortably seeing off Stevenage at Prenton Park by two goals to nil.

A first goal for Kieron Morris at the end of the first half, and a cool finish from James Norwood with just over ten minutes to go, sealed the win for Rovers.

Stevenage had Ben Nugent and Elijah Adebayp dismissed during the second half for bad challenges as the visitors finished with nine men.

Manager Micky Mellon named the same team that faced Northampton on Tuesday, but notable changes were made on the bench as Ollie Banks and Mark Ellis returned.

Lining up in a 4-4-2 formation, winger Kieron Morris was proving to be a handful for the visiting defence, having a shot inside the penalty area blocked in the tenth minute, and just five later, stinging the palms of Paul Farman in the Stevenage goal from 20-yards.

Striker James Norwood was also having sight on goal, and he hit a low free-kick from 25-yards which was saved by the keeper.

Tranmere were creating the goal scoring opportunities, Norwood’s strike partner Connor Jennings, raced through after a clever through ball from TRFC’s number ten, but his shot was from a tight angle and well saved.

Unfortunately for Sid Nelson, his game was cut short and he was taken off with an injury, Ellis coming on in his place.

Tranmere were certainly the team in the ascendency and on the stroke of half time, Morris, the dangerman throughout the opening 45, put Rovers ahead with a back-post header from a Jennings cross.

The home side were looking strong at the start of the second period too. Jennings, provider for the first goal, nearly rounded off a perfect team move, but his close-range effort went over the cross bar after a low delivery from Ben Pringle.

The Preston North End loan man tried his luck moments later, cutting in from the left, Pringle curled an effort looking for the top right-hand corner, just creeping over.

Jennings’ performance now was only missing a goal, and he was determined to get his name on the score sheet, whistling a 25-yard strike over.

Stevenage, who were putting in strong challenges all game, were reduced to ten men with 16 minutes to go, as Nugent was dismissed for a second yellow card, his last yellow coming for a late tackle on Jennings.

Tranmere capitalised on their man advantage and doubled their lead in the 79th minute, as Norwood rounded off a fantastic team. Pringle released team mate Jennings to thread a pass into the box for Norwood, the league’s top goal scorer then did what he does best, slamming the ball into the back of the net to all but seal three points for Mellon’s men.

In the 83rd minute, Morris, who left the pitch to a standing ovation, came off for Jonny Smith in a straight swap out wide. The third change came one minute later, Jennings departed for Chris Dagnall.

Norwood nearly rounded off a perfect afternoon with a second after Man of the Match Pringle stormed through, laying the ball off for the striker to shoot but he was denied by a good save from Farman.

Smith had two late opportunities for Tranmere before Adebayp was given a straight red for Stevenage as they went down to nine men, for a high elbow on Ellis.

But Stevenage’s two sending offs shouldn’t overshadow a great Tranmere performance and we finished the game strong to secure an important 2-0 win.

TRFC team: Davies, Caprice, Nelson (Ellis 33), Monthe, Ridehalgh, Morris (Smith 83), McCullough, Perkins, Pringle, Jennings (Dagnall 84), Norwood. Unused subs: Pilling, Buxton Gilmour, Banks.


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