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Tranmere 0-1 Crawley

6 March 2021

Tranmere Rovers three match winning run in League Two came to an end with a 1-0 loss at home to Crawley Town.

The visitors scored midway through the second half to secure the point on a hugely frustrating afternoon for Keith Hill’s side.

Nye Kirby came into the starting line up, replacing the injured Kieron Morris in the only change from the win against Forest Green Rovers last weeked .

An early chance for the visitors, as Tranmere gave possession away inside their own half and Crawley captain George Francombe broke away, but his side foot turned into an easy collection for fellow skipper, Scott Davies.

Following the early scare, Tranmere settled into the contest at Prenton Park, and created a couple of goal scoring opportunities, the best, a Woolery strike over the cross bar.

Crawley were posing a threat as Ashley Nadesan nearly beat Davies in a 50/50, but luckily for Rovers, the ball was hacked clear.

In the 11th minute, both teams had glorious chances to take the lead. First, Woolery had a shot saved and David Nugent but the rebound over. At the other end, a dipping shot from Tom Nichols went just over the bar.

A great chest down and half volley from Kirby, 30 plus yards out, nearly caught the visiting goalkeeper off guard but he tipped over for a corner kick.

Both teams were seeing chances fall away as the search for the first goal went on in Prenton  with numerous dangerous set pieces and crosses entering both penalty boxes but the score remained 0-0 at the break.

A change at the break saw Danny Lloyd introduced off the bench for Kirby, with the Palace midfielder withdrawn.

There looked to be more width in Tranmere’s play with a change of approach to the match, Lloyd and Woolery operating the flanks.

The visitors took the lead in the 57th minute when a cross from the left was turned past Davies from close range.

An immediate second change took place with Manny Monthe introduced for George Ray.

A world class save from Davies prevent Crawley from doubling their lead, reacting to a half volley from inside the box, and from the follow up, the visitors hit the bar.

At the other end, Tranmere came close as Lewis had an effort blocked from inside the penalty area.

Ali Crawford and Corey Blackett-Taylor came on with 18 minutes to play, as O’Connor and Nugent were the men to make way.

A fantastic long ball from Monthe picked out Woolery on the left who cut inside to force a strong save from the goalkeeper as Tranmere looked for an equaliser at Prenton Park.

However, Tranmere could not find an equaliser and the visitors headed back down south with all three points in the bag.

Tranmere: Davies, O’Connor (Crawford 72), Ray (Monthe 58), Clarke, MacDonald, Spearing, Lewis, Feeney, Kirby (Lloyd 46), Woolery, Nugent (Blackett-Taylor 72). Unused subs: Murphy, Ridehalgh, Jolley.

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