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11 January 2020 Venue Roots Hall Attendance

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Southend United

9 January 2020

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers are back on the road this Saturday when they travel to Roots Hall, where Southend United await in Sky Bet League One, kick-off 3pm.

Micky Mellon’s men will return to third-tier action following a ten-day break, with Sol Campbell’s Shrimpers awaiting them in Essex.

Rovers are 12 points and one position ahead of Southend heading into the fixture this weekend, and three points could move TRFC level with MK Dons.

Team news

Alex Woodyard is in contention to make his Rovers debut against his former club after signing on loan from Peterborough United.

Liam Ridehalgh and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy remain doubts after festive injuries.

Scott Davies, Mark Ellis, Ollie Banks and Evan Gumbs are all sidelined for Saturday.

One to watch

Midfielder Charlie Kelman has scored four times for Campbell’s Shrimpers so far this campaign.

Kelman, 18, is a graduate of Southend’s youth system, made his league debut for the club in January 2019, featuring 12 times during the second half of that campaign.

The Basildon-born young forward has played eight times for Southend so far in 2019/20.

Kelman is also a United States youth international having represented them at U18 and U20 level.

Match officials

Referee: Alan Young

Assistant referees: Adrian Tranter and Matthew Lee
Fourth Official: Callum Walchester


Tickets for Tranmere’s trip to Roots Hall are on sale and available to purchase.

Saturday is designated as Southend’s quid for a kid matchday, which also includes Tranmere tickets for the SWA2.

Ticket details are as follows:

Adult: £22

Senior (60+): £15

Student (with valid ID): £14

Young Person (17-22): £14

Disabled: £14

Junior (9-16): £1


Emergency Services**: £15

Carer: FREE

Disabled supporters (for adults and over 60s) pay the disabled price and juniors than pay the relevant price for their age category. Please note the emergency services price not available on matchday for home or away fans.

All prices rise £3 on the day except for juniors and U9s.

Coach travel will also be available for this fixture with the coach departing Prenton Park at 7am. You can purchase match and travel tickets both in store or online by clicking here.

Past Meetings

Tranmere Rovers have won 21, drawn 15 and lost 15 in total versus Southend United.

Match Coverage

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

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.

An audio match pass on iFollow costs just £2.50! 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

Did you know?

Rovers last win at Roots Hall came in a 2-1 triumph back in October 2007, courtesy of strikes from Ben Chorley and Gareth Taylor. 

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Match Reports

Southend United 0-0 Tranmere Rovers

11 January 2020

Tranmere Rovers played out a 0-0 draw at Southend United at Roots Hall.

Both teams had opportunities to win the game but neither could find a break through.

Manager Micky Mellon handed a debut to Alex Woodyard whilst Peter Clarke made his league debut for the Club.

Meanwhile, Ollie Banks and Liam Ridehalgh rejoined the bench after time out through injury.

Within the first two minutes, Tranmere broke away with a counter attack after an excellent defensive header from Peter Clarke. Neil Danns broke away on the right, with Jake Caprice overlapping, Danns opted for the shot, forcing a top save from Shrimpers goalkeeper Mark Oxley.

Minutes later, Kieron Morris picked up a deep cross from Caprice, a great chance, but his first time strike inside the box flashed wide.

A scare for the away side in the 24th minute as Aaron Chapman clearance was weak and landed to the feet of Stephen Humphrys but with the goal gaping, his long range effort was recovered by Chapman.

Both teams had sights on goal after the half hour mark. First, Chapman and Peter Clarke left the ball for each other, and Southend nearly capitalised before Rovers cleated.

A minute later, Connor Jennings raced through but he couldn’t get his shot off as Oxley collided with our number 11. Unfortunately the collision meant Jennings game came to an end prematurely as Paul Mullin came on in his place with 39 on the clock.

A Southend free-kick from 25-yards went wide of the post by Sam Mantom as the first half came to a close with the score 0-0.

Southend started the second half with three chances within the first ten minutes but unable to test loan goalkeeper Chapman.

Tranmere’s first opportunity of the half fell to Danns as his header flew over the bar and a couple of minutes later, Morgan Ferrier shot inside the box was blocked meaning an easy save for the home goalkeeper.

Danns had another glorious chance in the 66th minute, but his 20-yard strike was just wide of the mark.

A good save from Chapman denied Southend the opener saving well from Stephen McLaughlin. Minutes before, Humphrys missed a good chance for the hosts.

Tranmere second swap came in the 78th minute as Corey Blackett-Taylor replaced Danns.

However neither team could find a break through and the game finished 0-0.

Tranmere team: Chapman, Woods (Ridehalgh 90), Monthe, Clarke, Caprice, Morris, Perkins, Woodyard, Danns (Blackett-Taylor 77), Jennings (Mullin 39), Ferrier.

Unused subs: Pilling, Gilmour, Banks, Payne.

Attendance: 5988 (392 away)

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