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Oldham 2-0 Tranmere

2 April 2019

Tranmere Rovers seven match winning run came to an end with a 2-0 defeat at Oldham Athletic.

A brace from Callum Lang sealed the win for the hosts as Tranmere dominated the play but were unable to find a breakthrough against the Latics.

Rovers were backed by phenomenal support from the Wirral, with nearly 2,500 fans making the journey to Boundary Park. Our attention will now quickly turn to this weekend’s game at Newport County! 

Manager Micky Mellon made one change from the win against Carlisle United, Jay Harris replacing the injured Luke McCullough.

Tranmere were dealt an early set in the seventh minute as the hosts took the lead when Lang cut inside from the left flank and beat the Rovers defence to drive a low effort into the bottom right hand corner past Scott Davies.

Christopher Missilou and Lang were proving to be a nuisance for the TRFC backline with their pace and clever runs as Rovers knew they had a battle on their hands if they were going to maintain their unbeaten run of form for the past nine league games.

Tranmere were showing a threat when they did get in the final third, just missing the final pass to show a real threat to goalkeeper Daniel Iverson’s goal.

Just before the half hour mark, former Oldham man Ollie Banks forced Iverson to punch a free-kick away from roughly 20 yards.

Winger Kieron Morris was the next to try his luck for the visitors, as Tranmere started controlling possession at Boundary Park. The on loan man struck a fierce 20-yard effort wide of the post.

Tranmere were on the front foot from the get-go and the travelling support were right behind their team. Seven minutes passed and Mellon made his first sub, Harris replaced by winger Jonny Smith and a change of formation as Rovers went in search of an equaliser.

Oldham were taking every chance they could get to slow down the clock to ensure their lead stayed intact.

Smith’s impact was pretty immediate and just before the clock passed 60, TRFC’s number 18 hit an effort from the edge of the box, the keeper making a fine stop. One minute later, Manny Monthe tried his luck but the goalkeeper was equal.

However, the hosts went two goals to the good when Lang added his second, escaping the Rovers defence once again to slip the ball into the far corner.

Tranmere continued to dominate the ball but were not able to find the killer pass to breakdown Oldham.

A scramble in the penalty area nearly handed Tranmere a goal back but the ball eventually crept over the crossbar, as the visitors kept on pushing.

Another chance fell Rovers’ way as Connor Jennings broke free in the box to whip in a cross but unfortunately no one could connect with the ball.

But it wasn't our night but one thing was evident, this Club are together and the SWA stayed with the team all the way through. 

Tranmere: Davies, Caprice, Ellis, Monthe, Ridehalgh, Harris (Smith 50), Banks, Perkins, Morris, Jennings, Norwood. Unused subs: Pilling, Mullin, Dagnall, Gilmour, Buxton, Pringle.

 


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