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Preview: Fleetwood Town (A)

22 November 2019

Setting the scene…
Tranmere Rovers return to Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon when they visit Fleetwood Town.
 
Micky Mellon takes his side to Highbury Stadium for the 3pm kick-off, where Joey Barton’s Cod Army await.

Rovers triumphed in an Emirates FA Cup first-round replay away to Wycombe Wanderers on Wednesday night, with Morgan Ferrier and Kieron Morris on target in the extra-time victory after seeing Kane Wilson sent off.

Fleetwood, who are eighth, welcome Rovers to the Fylde Coast following wins against Barnet and Oldham in the Emirates FA Cup and Leasing.com Trophy.

Team news
Kane Wilson was sent off in Wednesday’s win at Wycombe, so the right-back will be suspended this weekend. David Perkins, Liam Ridehalgh and Neil Danns could be in line to play.
 
Mark Ellis, Evan Gumbs, Ishmael Miller, Ollie Banks and Jordan Ponticelli are also unavailable through injury.

One to watch
Forward Paddy Madden leads Fleetwood’s goalscoring charts so far this season with ten goals.

The Irishman began his career with Bohemians, winning the League of Ireland in 2009 and the Setanta Sports Cup in 2010.
 
He joined Carlisle United for an undisclosed fee in January 2011 and clinched another medal in the Cumbrians Football League Trophy triumph that May.
 
Spells at Yeovil Town, who he won promotion with in 2013, and Scunthorpe United followed, prior to his Fleetwood move in January 2018.
 
Madden, 29, has become a key part of Barton’s side, and has made over 80 appearances, netting 35 times.
 
Match officials
Referee: Josh Smith
Assistant Referees: Richard Bartlett and Peter Gooch
Fourth Official: Danny Gratton
 
Tickets
Away allocated tickets for the game at Highbury are SOLD OUT.
 
Rovers will be backed by 1,077 of the travelling SWA as we make the journey to Lancashire.
 
Thank you for your phenomenal support.
 
Past meetings
Tranmere Rovers and Fleetwood Town have met just once before, which came in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at Prenton Park back in September 2013.
 
Match coverage
The SWA can listen to uninterrupted match commentary of Tranmere Rovers’ Sky Bet League One clash against Fleetwood Town with an iFollow audio match pass.
 
Your TRFC Radio match day commentary team of Phill Wilkinson, Rob Edwards and Adam Siddorn will guide you through events on Saturday.
 
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! To sign-up, CLICK HERE.
 
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?
Micky Mellon won two promotions during his time as Fleetwood boss, taking them up from the Conference North in 2010 before leading them to the Conference Premier title a year later in 2012.
 
Current Rovers captain Scott Davies played under Mellon at Highbury and was a part of the squad who reached the Football League seven years ago.

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