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29 December 2019 Venue Prenton Park Attendance

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Match Preview: Blackpool

28 December 2019

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers host Blackpool on Sunday at Prenton Park for their final fixture of 2019, kick-off 3pm.

Micky Mellon welcomes one of his former clubs to the Wirral, as his men aim to return to winning ways following the Boxing Day defeat away at Burton Albion.

Simon Grayson’s play-off chasing Seasiders will also be looking to end the year with three points after Thursday’s home loss to Accrington Stanley at Bloomfield Road.

Team news

Forward Corey Blackett-Taylor will be available for selection after serving his two-match suspension.

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 doubtful for the visit of Blackpool.

One to watch

Forward Armand Gnanduillet leads Blackpool’s goal scoring charts after a prolific opening four months of the season for the Tangerines.

The Frenchman helped Blackpool clinch promotion from the Sky Bet League Two Play-Offs in May 2017.

He started his career with Le Harve and Poissy before signing for Chesterfield in January 2013.

Gnanduillet made 82 appearances for the Spireites either side of loans at Tranmere, Oxford United and Stevenage before moving permanently to Leyton Orient prior to switching to Blackpool in 2016.

The 27-year-old is in his second stint at the club, after a spell with Baroka in South Africa.

He has scored 13 times for Blackpool this term as the Fylde Coast outfit push for the top six.

Match Officials

Referee: Tom Nield

Assistant referees: Steven Rushton and Anthony Moore

Fourth Official: Dean Watson

Tickets

Come down and back Micky and the lads as we welcome Blackpool to Prenton Park on Sunday.

Tickets start from the below prices:

Adult: £19

Senior (65+): £12

Young Persons (18-22): £12

U18s: £6

U12s accompanied: £2

To purchase your match tickets for Sunday and upcoming games, please CLICK HERE

Past Meetings

Rovers have a good record against Blackpool, winning 20, drawing six and losing 10 since their first meeting on Boxing Day 1978.

The last time the two teams met competitively came in the 2006/07 season.

Match Coverage

UK iFollow subscribers can watch Tranmere’s home game against Blackpool through a match pass, which costs just £10.

The match at Prenton Park 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, alongside Rovers legend Dave Higgins, 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?

Rovers midfielder Neil Danns won promotion with Blackpool in 2017 during his loan spell at the club from Bury. 

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Match Reports

Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Blackpool

29 December 2019

Morgan Ferrier’s eighth goal of the season secured Tranmere Rovers a 1-1 home draw with Blackpool at Prenton Park on Sunday afternoon.

Blackpool lead early on after Calum Woods turned into his own net following on from a set-piece situation.

Ferrier levelled for Rovers four minutes from half-time with a well-taken finish across goal, that found the bottom far corner.

Manager Micky Mellon made two changes to his starting line-up, with Woods and Corey Blackett-Taylor coming into the side.

David Perkins wore the armband, captaining Rovers in the absence of the injured Scott Davies.

Rovers started well on a crisp Wirral afternoon, with centre-back Manny Monthe lifting his header off target from Kieron Morris’ cross.

Up the other end, forward Armand Gnanduillet saw his headed effort saved by Aaron Chapman after James Husband had broke free down the left.

Connor Jennings threaded through a pass for Ferrier but visiting goalkeeper Mark Howard was off his line quickly to smother the loose ball.

Neil Danns, who was playing against his former club, drove an attempt through a crowded penalty area which was charged down by a combination of Ryan Edwards and Oliver Turton.

Simon Grayson’s Seasiders were in front with nine minutes played when Liam Feeney’s corner was not cleared, with Woods bundling into his own net past Chapman, whilst under pressure from Ben Heneghan.

Joe Nuttall later nearly doubled Blackpool’s advantage having latched onto Jay Spearing’s pass, though his attempt was comfortable for Chapman.

Rovers levelled on 41 minutes after Ferrier reacted first to Woods’ ball to turn Heneghan inside the box before slotting a right-footed shot from a tight angle into the bottom right corner past Howard.

Tranmere began positively after the break, with Morris’ surging run concluding with the midfielder striking low, which landed narrowly wide of Howard’s near post.

On the hour, Chapman had to get down low to his right sharply to keep out Callum Guy’s volley from the edge of the penalty area.

Jennings then hit a shot with the outside of his boot that went wide from 18-yards, following a period of Rovers pressure.

Heneghan’s floated free-kick from the left made it through to Nuttall at the back post, with Chapman tipping his free header over the crossbar and away for a corner.

A long punt from Howard released Gnanduillet on the breakaway, however Sid Nelson was there to throw himself in the way of the ball before clearing to safety.

In the closing stages, Blackett-Taylor’s free-kick from 20-yards was deflected away for a corner, with Tranmere pushing for a late winner.

Rovers were denied all three points with 87 minutes gone when Jennings’ powerful volley towards the top corner was superbly stopped by a full stretch Howard, with Ferrier hitting the rebound onto the post.

Despite putting the pressure on their opponents from the Fylde Coast, Rovers could not find a second goal as they ended 2019 with a well-deserved point.

Tranmere are back in Sky Bet League One action on New Year’s Day when Mellon’s men host Coventry City at Prenton Park, kick-off 3pm.

TRFC: Chapman, Caprice, Nelson, Monthe, Woods, Perkins ©, Danns, Morris, Jennings, Blackett-Taylor, Ferrier

Subs: Pilling, Ray, Potter, Mullin, Walker-Rice, Ponticelli, Payne

Attendance: 8, 487

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Ticket News

Pack the Park over Christmas!

27 December 2019

With a double header of Festive home games against Blackpool and Coventry City at Prenton Park coming up, we want the SWA to come and Pack the Park!

The SWA have played an important role throughout this year, roaring the players on each week from the stands.  

And with back-to-back fixtures with Blackpool (Sunday 29th December) and Coventry (New Year’s Day), now is the time to back the lads once again.

The SWA have been the 12th man, and with attendances of over 9,000 at Prenton Park in 2019, we are calling for a big crowd in both our matches as Rovers play host to the Tangerines and the Sky Blues.

Blackpool visit for the first time since November 2006, while Coventry come to kick-off the New Year. 

Tranmere Rovers are Wirral’s Family Club, so why not make it a late Christmas present and have a day out watching Rovers in action against two former Premier Legaue sides?

Tickets for U12s start from just £2, while adult prices begin from only £19 –  make sure you don’t miss out on affordable and live football which returns to the Wirral.

Manager Micky Mellon said: “The fans never disappoint. They will be there and support us like they always do.

“We always have a big following home and away, so we need to go out there and do them justice.”

Tickets for the SWA are on sale and start from the below prices:

Adult: £19

Senior (65+): £12

Young Persons (18-22): £12

U18s: £6

U12s accompanied: £2

Buy tickets for both games and upcoming TRFC fixtures by CLICKING HERE.

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