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Match Preview: Coventry City

31 December 2019

Setting the scene...

Tranmere Rovers start 2020 with a Sky Bet League One New Year's Day fixture against Coventry City at Prenton Park, kick-off 3pm.

Micky Mellon's men will be looking to build on Sunday's 1-1 home draw with Blackpool.

Mark Robins' Coventry visit the Wirral in fifth position following their 4-1 victory at leaders Wycombe Wanderers last weekend.

Team news

Liam Ridehalgh, Kane Wilson and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy are doubts following recent injuries.

Scott Davies, Mark Ellis, Ollie Banks, Ishmael Miller, Evan Gumbs and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are all out injured.

Jordan Ponticelli is unavailable to play as a result of his loan agreement with the Sky Blues.

One to watch

Having recently returned from injury, forward Matt Godden is back in action as Coventry City push for promotion.

The Canterbury-born forward was a summer signing from Peterborough United following on from a season with the Posh.

Godden, 28, started his career after turning professional at Scunthorpe United and he has also represented Brigg Town, Ilkeston Town, Gainsborough Trinity, Dartford and Tamworth.

After a loan at Ebbsfleet, he moved to the club permanently in 2014, prior to going onto feature for Stevenage, Peterborough and now Coventry.

Match Officials

Referee: Will Finnie

Assistant referees: Joe Simpson and Peter Gooch

Fourth official: Lewis Smith


Come down and back Micky and the lads as we welcome Coventry to Prenton Park on New Year's Day.

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 New Year's Day and upcoming games, please CLICK HERE

Past meetings

TRFC's record in games played against Coventry stands at won 11, drawn three, lost seven.

Match Coverage

UK iFollow subscribers can watch Tranmere’s home game against Coventry 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?

Tranmere have won their last three fixtures with Coventry City, with the last victory coming at St Andrew's back in October.


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Match Reports

Report: Tranmere 1-4 Coventry

1 January 2020

Tranmere Rovers were beaten 4-1 by Coventry City at Prenton Park in Sky Bet League One on New Year’s Day.

TRFC found themselves two behind through goals in the opening 17 minutes through Matt Godden and Jordan Shipley.

Connor Jennings pulled one back for the hosts with a well-taken finish as Rovers went into the break trailing narrowly.

After the break, Morgan Ferrier missed a penalty for Tranmere before Godden netted further two as he scored his hat-trick.

Manager Micky Mellon brought in George Ray in place of the injured Manny Monthe at centre-back, as David Perkins captained the side.

Academy graduate Kyle Hayde was also named on the substitutes bench for the first time.

Coventry had the first effort on goal of the contest early on, with Liam Kelly striking from distance which was straight into Aaron Chapman’s grasp.

Mark Robins’ Sky Blues led inside three minutes when Godden steered his unmarked header from past Chapman following Liam Walsh’s cross from the right.

In response, Neil Danns and Jennings linked up well for Rovers, before Kieron Morris’ driven ball into a dangerous position was cleared away.

Zain Westbrooke went close for the visitors when he swept a first-time shot just over the upright after Fankaty Dabo’s pass had evaded Ray and Sid Nelson.

But Coventry did have their second through midfielder Shipley on 17 minutes, who controlled Kelly’s cross on the right-side of the box to aim his effort into the bottom left-corner.

Corey Blackett-Taylor and Ferrier both later had chances charged down, as Tranmere looked for a route back into it.

And Jennings halved the deficit with 36 minutes played, bending right-footed which beat Marko Marosi to find the bottom left-corner.

Tranmere began the second half positively and came very close to levelling when Jennings’ snapshot from Ferrier’s low cross was scrambled off the line.

Morris then forced Marosi to push his powerful half-volley around for a corner, with Rovers playing with tempo.

Mellon’s men were awarded a penalty after Ray was pushed to the turf by Dabo following Morris’ set-piece.

Up-stepped Ferrier, who thumped his penalty high and off target, which squandered an opportunity for Rovers to level.

And Rovers were made to pay when Godden placed a firm drive across goal and under Chapman which found the bottom left corner having been fed through by Callum O’Hare.

O’Hare later saw his goal-bound attempt deflected away for a corner, while Kelly also shot wide, as Coventry searched for a fourth.

Up the other end, Jennings curled straight into Marosi’s hands – before Ray conceded an injury-time penalty for a foul on O’Hare.

Godden completed his hat-trick from the resulting spot-kick, finding the bottom right-corner.

Next up for Rovers is an Emirates FA Cup third-round tie away to Premier League outfit Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

TRFC: Chapman, Caprice, Nelson, Ray, Woods, Perkins ©, Danns, Morris, Jennings, Blackett-Taylor (Mullin 70) Ferrier

Subs not used: Pilling, Spellman, Walker-Rice, Hayde, Potter, Payne

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