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Tranmere Rovers 1-4 Huddersfield Town

23 July 2022

Match Reports

Tranmere Rovers 1-4 Huddersfield Town

23 July 2022

Micky Mellon's Rovers concluded their preparations for the new season with a defeat, as they were well-beaten by Championship outfit Huddersfield Town at Prenton Park.

The SWA made a bright start to proceedings, with Josh Hawkes going close early on, forcing Huddersfield goalkeeper Nicholas Bilokapic into a save.

At the other end, Huddersfield had their first chance through Danny Grant, the Irish winger's header was an easy save for Ross Doohan after some fine build-up play from the visitors.

The next key chance went the way of Rovers with Kane Hemmings trying his luck from inside the box, his strike once again calling Bilokapic into a save.

Rovers continued to hold their own in the early exchanges and took the lead just after the 30 minute mark, a lovely strike from Reece McAlear rocketing past Bilokapic into the goal.

The visitors made a quick response to Rovers taking the lead and were level just before the half time break, a stunning strike from Ben Jackson who curled the ball beyond Ross Doohan into the top corner to restore parity.

An encouraging first half for Rovers, who more than held their own and were good value to be heading into the break level with Huddersfield.

After the break, Huddersfield made a quick start and were ahead through Brahima Diarra, the young French midfielder punishing a defensive mix up from Rovers to dink the ball over Ross Doohan into an empty net.

Rovers responded well to the setback and had a glorious chance to level proceedings through Kane Hemmings, who couldn't guide his effort on target from close range, after a lovely counter attacking move in the build-up.

Rovers would be punished for their missed opportunity, however, and Huddersfield opened up a two-goal cushion through Jordan Rhodes, the striker ruthlessly slotting past Ross Doohan into the top corner.

By this point Huddersfield were very much on top and Rovers were left in danger of being blown away. The SWA did create another opportunity on the counter attack, however, with substitute Jon Nolan going close with his effort from inside the box.

That would once again be punished by the visitors, who were scintillating in the second half, this time it was Danny Grant on the scoresheet as he slotted past a stranded Ross Doohan into the bottom corner.

Rovers did well to nullify the threat of Huddersfield in the game's closing moments and had the game's final opportunity through Jon Nolan, his long-range strike calling substitute Jacob Chapman into action, with the Australian palming Nolan's effort away from danger.

A disappointing result for Rovers, who were comfortably beaten by Huddersfield, with the visitors showing their class in the second half to pull away from Micky Mellon's side.

Minutes in the tank nonetheless for the SWA, who return to Prenton Park next weekend to begin their league campaign, with Stevenage making the trip to the Wirral Peninsula.

Tranmere team: Doohan, Dacres-Cogley, Bristow, O'Connor (Merrie 77'), McAlear (Nolan 66'), Hemmings (Hughes 77'), Hawkes (Lewis 66'), Jameson (Trialist B 72'), Byrne, Robinson, Nevitt (Trialist A 60')

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