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Match Preview: Burton Albion

20 September 2019

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers’ second successive home fixture will see them host Burton Albion at Prenton Park in Sky Bet League One on Saturday afternoon, 3pm kick-off.

Micky Mellon’s men are back in front of the SWA after coming back from two goals down to earn a spirited second-half point against Peterborough United on Tuesday night.

Liam Ridehalgh’s diving header and Ollie Banks’ thumping 30-yard volley secured a well-earned point for Rovers.

Burton head up to the Wirral from Staffordshire after conceding a 95th minute equaliser to let a 2-0 lead slip away at Portsmouth in midweek, as Nigel Clough’s men were forced to settle for a share of the spoils.

Team News

New signing Neil Danns is eligible to make his Tranmere Rovers debut this weekend after the midfielder signed on Thursday.

Calum Woods (calf) Kane Wilson (knee), Morgan Ferrier (knee), Mark Ellis (knee), Evan Gumbs (ACL) and Ishmael Miller (hamstring) are all out, while Jake Caprice is a doubt despite returning to training from an ankle injury.

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 Nigel Clough’s Brewers two-years ago.

Match Officials

Referee: Alan Young

Natalie Aspinall and Craig Taylor

Fourth Official: Conor Brown


Fancy coming down to Prenton Park to cheer Micky and the lads on as TRFC host the Brewers on Saturday afternoon?

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

To purchase your tickets online for TRFC vs Burton on Saturday, CLICK HERE.

Past Meetings

Tranmere Rovers and Burton Albion have only met each other twice before, which came when the sides were in Sky Bet League Two during the 2014/15 season.

Match Coverage

The SWA can listen to uninterrupted match commentary of Tranmere Rovers’ home Sky Bet League One encounter versus Burton Albion this weekend.

Your match day commentary team of Phil Wilkinson, Rob Edwards and Adam Siddorn will guide you through events at Prenton Park.

Former Rovers striker Iain Hume will also be on co-commentary duties on iFollow Tranmere.

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!

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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?

Players to have played for both clubs in their careers include Northern Irish forward Alan McGurk and winger Lucas Akins.

McGurk turned out for TRFC between 2010-2013, making 79 appearances prior to spending a further two-years at the Pirelli Stadium.

Akins, who has made over 200 appearances since signing for Albion in 2014. Previously, he represented TRFC from 2010-2012, featuring 77 times whilst at Prenton Park.

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Match Reports

Report: Tranmere 2-1 Burton

21 September 2019

Two goals in second-half stoppage time from Ollie Banks and Stefan Payne saw Tranmere Rovers come from behind to secure a 2-1 victory over Burton Albion in Sky Bet League One at Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon.

Burton were in front after 66 minutes through Lucas Akins’ penalty after Stephen Quinn was brought down by Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.

But Banks’ right-footed free-kick in stoppage time paved the way for Rovers to earn a dramatic three-points.

Tranmere won it the fourth minute of added time when Payne bundled in from on the goal-line to spark jubilant scenes around Prenton Park.

Manager Micky Mellon named an unchanged starting line-up to the side which earned a 2-2 draw against Peterborough United on Tuesday night, for the visit of the Brewers.

New signing Neil Danns was named on the substitutes bench after penning a contract until the end of the season on Thursday.  

Tranmere started well on a sun-kissed Wirral day, threatening within four minutes as George Ray headed down Kieron Morris’ corner at the back post after a corner from the right, which was spilled by goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara, but no white shirt was able to capitalise on the loose ball.

The hosts were on the front foot, and went close again on 22 minutes when, following good build-up play, Darren Potter fed through Morris down the right, who cut inside but drove his left-footed effort into the side-netting of O’Hara’s near post.

Having earlier forced Rovers’ captain Scott Davies to keep hold of his fizzing strike from distance, Oliver Sarkic turned provider for Joe Sbarra to pull a low shot across goal which went wide of the bottom left post.

With 10 minutes until the half-time break, Banks whipped an enticing free-kick into the penalty area from the right, which found the head of Manny Monthe in a crowded box, only for the Burton back-line to clear.

Nigel Clough’s Staffordshire outfit had an opportunity in the closing stages of the half when play dropped to Sarkic, with the forward forcing stopper Davies to get down low to his left and tip a 20-yard daisycutter effort around the post.

David Perkins was forced off injured on the stroke of the interval, with fellow midfielder Danns coming on to make his Rovers debut.

Following the restart, Tranmere should have been in front with 56 minutes on the clock when substitute Borthwick-Jackson sent a cross from the left to the back post, where Paul Mullin was arriving, but he volleyed just past the upright.

On the hour, Banks tried another long-range strike at goal, but O’Hara gathered the ball at the second attempt.

Kieran Wallace and Sbarra flashed attempts wide of the target for Burton, as they pressed for an opener.

Rovers found themselves behind with 24 minutes of the contest to go. Midfielder Quinn reacted first to a loose pass to make his way into the area before being brought down by Borthwick-Jackson which saw referee Alan Young point to the spot.

Former Tranmere man Akins stepped up from 12-yards to send Davies the wrong way and plant his kick which found the bottom right-corner.

And Burton almost found themselves two up five minutes later, with Davies making a fine low double save, firstly from Nathan Broadhead before thwarting the follow up from Ryan Edwards whilst still on the floor.

Pushing for an equaliser, two Mullin openings went begging, with the Liverpudlian heading over Corey Blackett-Taylor’s cross prior to firing over O’Hara’s crossbar.

Rovers levelled in stoppage time when midfielder Banks curled in right-footed beyond the wall from 25-yards which beat O’Hara to find the bottom left-corner.

And Tranmere won it on 94 minutes when Payne bundled in from on the line after Danns flicked on a cross from the right to secure a second victory of the campaign.

Next up for TRFC is a trip to Portman Road where Ipswich Town await on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

TRFC: Davies ©, Nelson, Ray (Borthwick-Jackson 45), Monthe, Morris, Banks, Potter (Potter 66), Perkins (Danns 45), Ridehalgh, Mullin, Payne

Subs not used: Pilling, Jennings, Hepburn-Murphy, Ponticelli

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