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09 February 2021 Venue Prenton Park Attendance

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Match Preview: Stevenage

8 February 2021

Tranmere Rovers take on Stevenage in Sky Bet League Two action at Prenton Park on Tuesday night in a 7pm kick off.

Rovers approach this fixture having won their previous five league games and are unbeaten in eight games in all competitions. Keith Hill’s men are 3rd in the division and four points off the league summit with a game in hand.

Stevenage currently occupy the 21st position in Sky Bet League Two and have won one, drew three and lost two of their previous six games.

The last meeting between the two sides was only last month which resulted in a stalemate at the Lamex Stadium.

Team news 

Keith Hill has reported that as of Monday, there are no new injury or Covid-19 concerns within the squad.

Match officials

Referee: Robert Madley

Assistant referees: Richard Woodward and Kenny Hughes

Fourth Official: Richard Bartlett

One to watch 

Striker, Luke Norris.

Having signed for Stevenage in January of this year, Norris netted his first goal in red and white in last weekend’s draw with Morecambe.

The 27 year old started his career with Brentford and gained experience on loan at Boredom Wood, Northampton and Dagenham and Redbridge. 

It was at Gillingham in 2014 where Norris found his first consistent run of games where he scored 14 times in 70 outings for The Gills. He then moved onto Swindon where his goals return was very similar with 17 goals in 74 appearances.

 

The physical striker joined Colchester in 2018 and and played more games for them than any other Club in his career so far before making the move to Stevenage this year.

Match coverage 

The game will be streamed live on iFollow and match passes are on sale for just £10. CLICK HERE to get your match pass.

The TRFC radio team of Phill Wilkinson, Stephen McNulty and Rob Edwards will be in place at Prenton Park to provide live updates on proceedings. 

Please note season ticket holders do automatically receive home league games on their iFollow accounts and will not have to pay for this fixture.

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 

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Match Reports

Tranmere 0-1 Stevenage

9 February 2021

Tranmere Rovers were dealt their first league loss of 2021 with a 1-0 defeat against Stevenage at Prenton Park.

In a game of very few chances, the match was decided by a long range strike from Danny Newton.

The defeat brings to an end a six match winning run in all competitions for Keith Hill’s side, and the focus now turns to this weekend’s trip to Grimsby Town.

Tranmere made one change from the victory against Port Vale as Liam Feeney missed out through injury, Ali Crawford stepping in for his debut after joining the Club from Bolton Wanderers on loan.

In the tenth minute, Tranmere, buoyant from their recent run of form, forced a good save from the Stevenage goalkeeper, as Danny Lloyd cut in from the left to sting the goalkeeper’s hands.

Two minutes later, Crawford nearly had a first TRFC start to remember, as he got on the end of a back post cross from Jay Spearing, again forcing the keeper into a fine stop.

The first half was a quite affair with both teams trying to gain control of the game, with little chances created and a lot of time, the ball was spent out of play, as Rovers looked for a way past a stubborn Stevenage side in the second half.

The second half was very similar to the first, and manager Keith Hill opted for a change with 54 minutes played, as Lloyd switched with Keiron Morris.  

Two more changes soon followed as Nya Kirby and Charlie Jolley came on for Kaiyne Woolery and Ali Crawford in the 57th minute.

A huge scare for Tranmere in the 66th minute as a free kick from right was met by a Stevenage head and rattled against the frame of the bar, and even though the visitors shouted for the goal, it was not given.

It was a frustrating evening for Rovers with chances at a premium, with sub Jolley going through on goal, but his strike was blocked.

Stevenage took the lead in the 80th minute as Danny Newton, with a fantastic strike from 25 yards.

Tranmere were unable to find a way back into the match, and the visitors took home the points.

Our next match will be this weekend, Saturday 12th February, as we play away at Grimsby Town, 3pm kick-off, and the game will be live on iFollow. Please CLICK HERE to subscribe.

Tranmere: Davies, MacDonald, Clarke, Monthe, Khan, Spearing, Crawford (Kirby 57), Lloyd (Morris 54), Lewis, Woolery (Jolley 57), Vaughan. Unused subs: Murphy, Ridehalgh, Ray, O’Connor.

The match report is sponsored by MAIN.

 

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