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26 December 2019 Venue Pirelli Stadium Attendance

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Burton Albion

24 December 2019

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers hit the road for a Boxing Day trip to Burton Albion in Sky Bet League One.

Micky Mellon’s men will be looking for a second win on the spin, and a league double over the Brewers, following Saturday’s 1-0 home victory against AFC Wimbledon at Prenton Park.

Burton also head into the Festive fixture buoyed by three points of their own, as Nigel Clough’s side defeated Rochdale 3-1 in front of their own supporters at the Pirelli Stadium.

Team news

Corey Blackett-Taylor remains suspended for the second game after his red card at Lincoln City.

Captain Scott Davies, Mark Ellis, Evan Gumbs, Ishmael Miller, Harvey Gilmour and Ollie Banks all remain out.

Kane Wilson and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are both doubts for the visit to Staffordshire.

One to watch

Forward Liam Boyce signed for Burton Albion from Scottish outfit Ross County in June 2017 for a club record-fee.

The Belfast-born player began his career at Cliftonville in 2008 before he switched to German Bundesliga side Werder Bremen in 2010.

He returned to Cliftonville in January 2012 to score 51 goals in 85 appearances prior to a switch to Scotland and Ross County in June 2014.

Boyce was prolific for the Staggies and was the Scottish Premiership’s top scorer in 2016/17 with 23 goals.

The 28-year-old Northern Ireland international linked up with Burton two-years ago and has scored ten times this season.

Match officials

Referee: Ollie Yates

Matthew Smith and Richard Bartlett

Fourth Official : Oliver Bickle


The SWA have been given an allocation of 1,370 and will be located on the East terrace of the ground, where 1,000 tickets are available, with a further 350 tickets in the seated area along with 10 wheelchair and carer tickets (20 in total).

Tickets may be allocated on the day of the game, depending on pre-sales.

All prices on the day of the match increase by £2

Admission details are as follows: 


Adults: £22

Young Person 17-22: £20

Over 65: £20

U17: £12

Standing Terrace: 

Adults: £18

Over 65: £16

Young Person 17-22: £13

U17: £5

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the relevant age category, while any wheelchair users pay the terrace price. 

Tickets can be bought in store or online by clicking here

Coach Travel will also be available for this fixture with the coach departing Prenton Park at 10:30am

Past Meetings

The Boxing Day meeting will only be the fourth time that the teams have played each other, with Burton winning two, and Rovers claiming three points back in September.

Match Coverage

UK iFollow subscribers can watch Tranmere’s away game at Burton through a match pass, which costs just £10.

The match at the Pirelli Stadium will be available both in the UK and abroad, and it is the perfect alternative if you can’t make it in person.

Your TRFC Radio match day commentary team of Phill Wilkinson, Rob Edwards and Adam Siddorn will guide you through events.


iFollow Tranmere is the only place you can listen to devoted TRFC coverage and if you sign-up, you can watch exclusive behind the scenes content, interviews and match highlights.


To sign-up for a match pass or an audio match pass, 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


Did you know?

Should they triumph at the Pirelli Stadium will see Tranmere complete a Sky Bet League One double for the first time this campaign. 

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Match Reports

Report: Burton 4-2 Tranmere

26 December 2019

Goals from Morgan Ferrier and Kieron Morris couldn’t prevent Tranmere falling to a 4-2 defeat at Burton Albion on Boxing Day.

Tranmere Rovers named the same team which beat AFC Wimbledon last Saturday for the Boxing Day trip to Burton Albion.

A phenomenal block in the first five minutes prevented Burton taking an early lead as defender Liam Ridehalgh put his body on the line to deny Oliver Sarkic.

However, Burton took the lead in the 12th minute as Fraser finished off a nice team move to put the hosts 1-0 up.

Rovers’ response was immediate and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy’s pace got him away from Burton’s defence, feeding the ball to Morris, the Rovers number 7 struck just wide.

Neil Danns collected another Hepburn-Murphy and on the turn, hit wide, as momentum started to build for the visitors.

Tranmere deservedly scored their equaliser in the 25th minute courtesy of Ferrier. A free kick on the half way line from Ridehalgh was picked up by Hepburn-Murphy. The Aston Villa loan man swung in a delightful cross for Danns to head against the post but Ferrier was on hand to strike home to send the away end delirious.

Goalkeeper Aaron Chapman made a good save from Liam Boyce after the Albion attacker made room inside the penalty area.

A couple of late chances fell to the hosts through Sarkic and Fraser but both men missed the target, with their efforts flying into the away end, housing the Rovers fans.

A swirling shot kicked off the second half from Boyce from the left hand side, but Peterborough loanee Chapman made a good save, tipping round the post.

Former Tranmere man Akins put Burton back ahead in the 50th minute as he escaped the attention of Jake Caprice to put the ball beyond Chapman.

A good header from Boyce produced a strong save from Chapman to deny Burton extended their lead just before the hour mark.

However, he wasn’t to be denied only a couple of minutes later as Boyce was left unmarked at the back post to tap home.

Tranmere clawed a goal back with 25 minutes to go as Morris scored one of his trademark long range strikes to make the score 3-2.

Tranmere continued to push for an equaliser and Morris showed great footwork to beat his man, finding space he got a shot away but it was pushed away by the goalkeeper.

Burton sealed the points as Boyce tucked home from close range with less than five minutes remaining.

Tranmere will now move onto Sunday’s match at home to Blackpool, 3pm kick-off at Prenton Park.

Tranmere: Chapman, Ridehalgh, Monthe, Nelson, Caprice, Jennings (Mullin 75), Perkins, Danns, Morris, Hepburn-Murphy, Ferrier. Unused subs: Pilling, Ray, Woods, Potter, Ponticelli, Payne.

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