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22 October 2019 Venue Stadium of Light Attendance

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Match Preview: Sunderland

21 October 2019

Setting the scene…

A trip to the Stadium of Light awaits Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night when they visit Sunderland in Sky Bet League One, 7:45pm kick-off.

Micky Mellon’s men head to the North East sitting in 19th in the third-tier, following on from Friday’s night’s 1-1 home draw with Southend United at Prenton Park.

Sunderland slipped to a 1-0 defeat away at promotion-hopefuls Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday afternoon, in Phil Parkinson’s first game as the Black Cats’ boss.

From their 12 league outings, Sunderland are 10th in the division on 21 points having lost their last two.

Team News

Corey Blackett-Taylor will be assessed ahead of the game in the North East after being forced off against Southend.

Harvey Gilmour, Calum Woods, Mark Ellis, Evan Gumbs are all absentees, as are Ollie Banks, Ishmael Miller and Morgan Ferrier.

Midfielder Darren Potter is a doubt for the clash in the North East after missing out on Friday.

Match Officials

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Assistant Referees: David Avent and Kevin Mulraine

Fourth Official: Paul Brown


The SWA can pay on the night at the Stadium of Light, with Sunderland offering cash turnstiles to TRFC supporters heading to Wearside.

Anyone wishing to pay via card or those who require concession tickets can do so in the Ticket Office.

Prices for this fixture will be as follows: 

Adults: £18

Senior 65+: £15

U22: £10

U16: £7

Wheelchair/Ambulant Supporter: £18 (Or appropriate age category)

Carer: FREE

Coach travel is also available for this fixture with the coach departing at 1:30pm from Prenton Park.

Past Meetings

Tranmere have a good record against Sunderland, winning nine, drawing two and losing six of the meetings between the two sides.

Match Coverage

UK-based and international subscribers can watch the action unfold from the comfort of their own home with a Match Pass for just £10 as Rovers take on Sunderland!

TRFC’s iFollow commentary team of Phil Wilkinson, Rob Edwards and Adam Siddorn will bring you uninterrupted commentary from the Stadium of Light.

iFollow is the official streaming service of Tranmere Rovers Football Club, allowing the SWA to see live streaming of matches, audio match commentary and behind the scenes content while you can get closer to the Club by watching on any device and in any location around the globe.

Seventy per-cent of revenues from iFollow will go back into Tranmere Rovers Football Club. With the new campaign underway, exciting content will be coming to iFollow Tranmere throughout the 2019/20 term.

iFollow operates five separate packages including Audio Season Pass, Audio Monthly Pass, Video Match Pass, Audio Match Pass and a Basic Pass.

To sign-up, CLICK HERE.

To find out more about the available packages, CLICK HERE.

Did you know?

Tranmere have won their last two games against Sunderland, with both coming at Prenton Park, the last of which being a 1-0 victory in an FA Cup tie back in January 2000.

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Match Reports

Sunderland 5-0 Tranmere

22 October 2019

Tranmere Rovers suffered a 5-0 defeat to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night.

Three years after beating Solihull Moors 3-0 away in the Vanarama National League, Rovers went head-to-head against a club who were playing Premier League football two calendar years ago.

First-half strikes from Duncan Watmore, Chris Maguire and Lynden Gooch saw Rovers three down at the break.

Will Grigg tapped in from close-range to add a fourth for Sunderland in the closing seven minutes before Luke O’Nien headed in a free-kick unmarked in the six-yard box during stoppage time.

Manager Micky Mellon made two change from the side that drew 1-1 at home to Southend United on Friday, as Connor Jennings and Paul Mullin came in for Corey Blackett-Taylor and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy on Wearside.

Sunderland went close inside two minutes when forward Grigg flicked a right-footed effort from Maguire’s left-sided cross, which rebounded off Scott Davies’ right-post.

George Dobson and Maguire also threatened for Phil Parkinson’s hosts early on, as the Black Cats pushed for an opener.

Rovers would enjoy a positive spell and they went close when Kieron Morris forced goalkeeper Lee Burge to parry his low left-footed shot from outside the box, before Stefan Payne’s follow up was blocked.

But two goals in two minutes midway through the half saw Sunderland take command.

Grigg fed midfielder Watmore with a neat through ball to the unmarked Watmore, who from inside the penalty area, drove low right-footed across goal and into the bottom left-corner beyond Davie after 24 minutes played.

Mellon’s men were 2-0 down with 26 minutes gone, when Maguire bent a right-footed free-kick from the edge of the box over the wall that found the bottom right-corner following George Ray’s foul.

Sunderland added their third on 38 minutes when Watmore turned provider after getting in behind down the right, to square across to American international Gooch tapped in from six-yards.

Gooch thought he had his second of the night, heading into an empty net, but he was flagged up for offside late in the half following a mix-up from Ray and Davies.

Rovers began positively after the interval as they were backed by the phenomenal support of 851 of the SWA who had made the journey up to the North East for the midweek clash.

Centre-back Manny Monthe glanced wide from Morris’ corner seven minutes following the restart.

Shortly later, Payne’s powerful header from Liam Ridehalgh’s cross from the left hit the post before the ball rolled along the line and was cleared to safety.

Mullin was next to try his luck for the visitors from the Wirral, but his fierce attempt from the left edge of the area was straight into the grasp of Burge.

Rovers were on the attack once again in the closing quarter-of-an-hour of the contest when Davies’ long punt upfield released substitute Hepburn-Murphy, who played in Jennings, only for his right-footed strike to get charged down.

It was 4-0 after 83 minutes on the clock, with Grigg’s right-footed shot from a matter of yards beating Davies.

O’Nien headed Sunderland’s fifth in added time, glancing beyond Davies and into the bottom left-corner from Maguire’s free-kick.

Rovers are back in Sky Bet League One action when they host Doncaster Rovers on Saturday at Prenton Park, 3pm kick-off.

TRFC: Davies ©, Caprice, Ray, Monthe, Ridehalgh, Morris, Danns, Perkins, Jennings, Mullin (Hepburn-Murphy 73) Payne

Subs not used: Pilling, Nelson, Wilson, Borthwick-Jackson, Maddox, Walker-Rice

Attendance: 28, 551 (851 away)

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Ticket News

Sunderland away tickets now on sale!

14 October 2019

Tickets for Tranmere Rovers’ Sky Bet League One fixture away to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday 22nd October are now on sale!

Tranmere head up to the North East for a clash against the Black Cats, kick-off 7:45pm.

Rovers have requested an initial ticket allocation of 512, which will be located in the North Stand Upper, for our midweek trip to Wearside.

500 standard match tickets, six wheelchair and six carer tickets are available to purchase from midnight online next Wednesday, and 10:30am from the Club Store located at Prenton Park.

Prices for this fixture will be as follows: 

Adults: £18

Senior 65+: £15

U22: £10

U16: £7

Wheelchair/Ambulant Supporter: £18 (Or appropriate age category)

Carer: FREE

Sunderland are happy to sell Tranmere supporters tickets on the night at the Stadium of Light, offering a cash turnstile (adult prices only).

Anyone wishing to pay via card or those who require concession tickets can do so in the Ticket Office.

Coach travel is also available for this fixture with the coach departing at 1:30pm from Prenton Park. Match and coach tickets can be bought online here.

Postage tickets will go off sale on the 15th October at 12pm. While all match tickets will go off sale at 5pm on Monday 21st October.

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