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Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Rochdale

25 October 2022

Match Reports

Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Rochdale

25 October 2022

The SWA had to settle for a point on Tuesday evening after a hard fought 1-1 draw with Rochdale, a result that sees Rovers stretch their unbeaten run to seven league games.

It was a scrappy start to proceedings at Prenton Park, with both sides looking to get a foothold in the game. The first chance of the affair went the way of Rovers, with Kane Hemmings volleying wide of the Rochdale goal.

Rovers continued to probe at Rochdale and had another opportunity after some fine work from Josh Dacres-Cogley down the right flank, his cross found Kane Hemmings who glanced wide.

Rovers continued to search for the breakthrough and the next chance fell to Kieron Morris who blazed over from the edge of the box after a well-worked one-two with Lee O'Connor in the build-up.

The next chance for the SWA came just after the 30-minute mark, this time it was an attempt from Chris Merrie, who headed wide from a Josh Hawkes corner.

Rovers were made to pay for their missed chances and Rochdale took the lead against the run of play through Ian Henderson, the veteran striker latched onto a long ball from Jimmy Keohane and slotted past a stranded Ross Doohan in the Rovers goal.

Rovers weren't to be deterred by Rochdale taking the lead, however, and restored parity within minutes through Kane Hemmings, the SWA captain heading past Richard O'Donnell after a delightful cross from Kieron Morris. 

That would be the last piece of real action in the first half, with the two sides going into the break level. Perhaps an unfair reflection on Rovers' dominance in the opening half, with the Rochdale goal very much coming against the run of play.

After a quiet start to the second half, both sides exchanged opportunities just after the hour mark, with Josh Hawkes seeing his attempt blocked for Rovers while Ross Doohan produced a save at the other end to deny Tyrese Sinclair's low-driven shot.

Moments later, Rovers had a golden opportunity to take the lead through Kane Hemmings, who'd been a thorn in the side of Rochdale all evening, this time his header was cleared off the line by Toumani Diagouraga.

By this point, Rovers were piling the pressure on Rochdale and the next chance for the SWA fell the way of Kieron Morris, with his powerful drive from range calling Richard O'Donnell into a save.

Jordan Turnbull was the next to go close for Rovers, with his header from the back post hitting the crossbar and going over. More frustration for Micky Mellon's men!

In the game's closing moments Rochdale defended well to prevent the SWA from finding a winner, with the points being shared on the evening. A frustrating result for Rovers, who controlled the game but just couldn't find a winner against a resilient Rochdale side who fought hard to earn a share of the spoils. 

Rovers are back in action at the weekend with Carlisle United making the trip to Prenton Park, as the SWA look to stretch their unbeaten run to eight league games.

Tranmere team: Doohan, Dacres-Cogley, Simeu, Turnbull, Bristow, O'Connor, Merrie, Morris, Hawkes, Nevitt, Hemmings


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