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Jennings carried all of his emotions celebrating in front of the SWA

26 May 2019


Jennings carried all of his emotions celebrating in front of the SWA

26 May 2019

Match-winner Connor Jennings was praised the collective team display as Tranmere Rovers earned promotion up to Sky Bet League One after beating 10-man Newport County 1-0 in extra-time at Wembley Stadium in the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final.

Jennings’ winner came 119 minutes into a tight contest under the arch, with the Mancunian popping up to guide his close-range header from Jake Caprice’s right-sided cross beyond Exiles goalkeeper Joe Day.

Micky Mellon’s Wirral side had a numerical advantage after County captain Mark O’Brien was dismissed in the 89thminute for a foul on Rovers top-scorer James Norwood.

And with penalties looming, Jennings was there to nod into the net, right in front of the SWA as Tranmere secured a back-to-back promotion.

Micky Mellon’s men will play in the third-tier for the first time since 2014 when the new season commences in August.

And Jennings, 27, hailed the achievement of Rovers’ success and the performance of his team-mates as well as the SWA’s support.

He said: “It’s an amazing achievement for the Club and I couldn’t be happier.

“It was so great to score, I carried all my emotions into celebrating right in front of the fans, the lads have been top draw today.

“The fans have been amazing since I signed, the size of the Club deserves to be in a higher league and the fans deserve it as well.

“Credit to both sets of lads, both teams, it was a real battle, a tight game, it’s just great that we got over the line.

“The staff, players and the fans fully deserve it and to get the Club up to a level is an amazing feeling.

“There are boys here who have been at the Club when they went through a hell of a lot and we’ve turned it around.

“From the top down to the players and the fans, I’m just happy for everybody.”

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