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Match Preview - Rovers v Tranmere

19 November 2021

Rovers welcome Tranmere Rovers this weekend as the Gas look to make it three wins in a row at the Mem.

Last time out in the league, Rovers triumphed over Northampton Town coming back from a goal down to win 2-1. This weekend, Rovers face Tranmere Rovers who sit above the Gas in the Sky Bet League Two table. Below is all you need to know ahead of the fixture.

Manager's Preview

Rovers boss, Joey Barton sat down with local press on Friday morning. On the agenda was Tuesday's sensational FA Cup victory over Oxford United. The Rovers Manager also previewed tomorrow's game and insists the team has turned a corner in recent weeks.

"For me, the real tipping point was Sion’s winner at Walsall, for sure, because from that moment we knew we could win away from home, which had been a while.

We came back from being behind having played well, and I think for the players to realise just what it meant to the fans. There were chaotic scenes in that Walsall game and the passion of our fans really shone through to the players.

Since that moment, it hasn’t quite been a linear climb. There have been some tough moments with a defeat to Newport at home, but the green shoots of recovery and signs something was afoot and change was happening happened in that Walsall game.

I think the lads have gone from strength to strength in that regard and we’ve got a lot of hard work in front of us."

Opposition View

Speaking to Tranmererovers.co.uk, Manager, Micky Mellon has said that his team will try to carry more of an attacking threat in the game on Saturday.

"I've seen progress even in the weekends we've lost games, we're still moving forward. What we've got to do is try and establish a way of playing, establish a way of trying to create chances and score goals, establish a way of trying to keep clean sheets and keep an eye on that with personnel or the team shape.

"We look at that with an evidence-based eye and find out is it working and that's what we're able to do and that's what we'll always do. So, we'll tweak and look at maybe trying to do different things to try and become a bit more of an attacking threat and play things a wee bit differently to see if that works for us.

"We've worked on it this week and the proof of the pudding will be how we perform at it this weekend."

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Form Guide

Tranmere head into Saturday's encounter at the Mem off the back of a 0-1 home defeat against Rovers' FA Cup second round opponents, Sutton United. So far in the Sky Bet League Two this season, Micky Mellon's side have taken 22 points from 16 games and sit 12th in the table, two places ahead of Rovers. Tranmere are without a win in their last three league matches, with their last victory in the league coming against Carlisle United. 

Tranmere's top scorer in the league this season is defender Peter Clarke. The Tranmere captain has found the back of the net on three occasions this season and has a Whoscored.com rating of 7.50.

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Ref Watch

Tom Reeves is the man in charge of Saturday's match. So far in the Sky Bet League Two, Reeves has officiated six games. In those six games, Reeves has dished out 25 yellow cards and two red cards. Reeves averages 24.50 fouls per game in the Sky Bet League Two this season and also averages 4.17 yellow cards per game. 

Betting Preview

EFL sponsors, Sky Bet have priced Rovers at 11/8 for the win on Saturday. On the goal-scorer markets, Antony Evans is priced at 5/2 to score at any time throughout Saturday's fixture. Match-winner against Northampton Town, Josh Grant is priced at 12/1 to open the scoring on Saturday.

To bet with Sky Bet please click HERE. Please bet responsibly.

How to Follow

Overseas fans can watch Saturday’s game live on iFollow – with a match pass costing the equivalent of £10. Supporters based in the UK can purchase an audio match pass for £2.50. To find out more about iFollow, please click HERE.

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Match Reports

Match Report - Rovers 2-2 Tranmere

20 November 2021

Strikes from Grant and Nicholson were not enough as Rovers let a two-goal lead slip to share the spoils with Tranmere at the Mem.

After his midweek heroics, on-loan striker Sion Spence was handed his first league start of the season as Rovers looked to maintain their recent fine form.

The home side began on the back foot and Tranmere forced a pair of early corners. However, the Gas were ahead as early as the fifth minute, a delightful ball into the area from Finley was headed home by the in-form Josh Grant at the far post.

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Rovers threatened to double their lead immediately, as Evans jinked past two Tranmere players and set up Grant, whose goal-bound shot was blocked.

The Gas won a corner on the 18th minute but it was cleared and Tranmere nearly broke away but Nevitt was offside.

Rovers were soon back in the ascendancy and won another corner after 21 minutes.

Evans’ delivery was flapped at by visiting goalkeeper Doohan and Kilgour’s knock-down was slammed home into the roof of the net by Sammy Nicholson.

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It was soon 2-1 though, as Tranmere defender Macdonald swivelled at the back post and buried a fine, curling effort beyond the diving Belshaw in the 24th minute.

It was fast and furious now; the visitors were in the home area again a minute later, but a Kilgour clearance fell to Evans, who set up Nicholson for a shot that flew over the bar.

Tranmere scorer Macdonald then pulled Kilgour down as the defender looked to break down the right and was shown the game’s first yellow card. Kilgour also saw his name taken for retaliation.

Evans then displayed some of his customary dribbling skills to win the Gas a free-kick on the edge of the area in a central position 25 yards out. The playmaker took it himself and fizzed a right-footed effort narrowly wide.

Rovers were back on top now and Harries ventured forward down the left, past an unsteady Dacres-Cogley, and fired a dangerous low cross in the Tranmere box that was cleared at the second attempt.

Belshaw was next to show off his footwork, controlling a long ball forward and gliding past Nevitt before launching the ball down the channel.

It was his gloves that were called into action next though, parrying a fierce Morris drive wide for a corner as the visitors look to draw level on the stroke of half-time.

It was Rovers who ended the first period on the attack, however, as Evans swung in another corner that was scrambled away.

There was still time for the returning Tom Davies to be shown a yellow for cynically pulling back Nicholson as the number 11 looked to break free down the left.

Tranmere kicked off the second half towards their 436 travelling supporters with the much-travelled Nicky Maynard replacing Nevitt up front.

Evans broke clear and looked certain to make it 3-1 but a last-ditch tackle just denied him.

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Fine work from Nicholson then almost saw Spence latch on to a pass in the area as Rovers continued to do all the pressing.

Unfortunately, Kilgour had to be replaced after 52 minutes, replaced by Nick Anderton, meaning a switch to centre-back for Josh Grant.

It was almost a disastrous move, as Grant’s wayward pass went straight to Hawkes and Belshaw was grateful to see the ball fly wide of the upright, when really it should have been nestling in the back of his net. The Tranmere number 15 then looked to make amends and fired a low drive from the edge of the area that Belshaw securely gathered in the centre of his goal.

As the hour mark arrived, Rovers’ boss Joey Barton made his second change, with Whelan returning from suspension to replace Spence. Finley was then so close to a third, when his shot was somehow headed off his own line by Peter Clarke.

Evans was cautioned after 63 minutes and can have no complaints after a late challenge.

Tranmere were applying some pressure now and a free kick on the right nearly landed at the feet of Maynard.

There were cries for handball after Davies stooped low to head away a dangerous Anderton cross as the home side looked to get reassert some authority.

Evans won a corner after 69 minutes, which he swung in from the right to spark a game of pinball in the Tranmere area, but Rovers could not fashion a clear-cut chance.

Tom Davies was then replaced on his return to the Mem by Sam Foley.

Grant then made a good block deep in his own area but, from the resultant corner, Glatzel made it 2-2 in the 75th minute.

Evans then raced back to intercept a dangerous Tranmere break as the game hung in the balance.

Next to clear his lines was Belshaw as Rovers continued to live dangerously. Collins entered the action in the 79th minute, replacing Anderson.

With eight minutes to play, yet another Evans corner was headed over by Anderton.

At the other end, Grant conceded a free-kick on the left-hand edge of the area, but Belshaw gathered before releasing Anderton, who raced fully sixty yards before overhitting his cross. Evans then raced clear but couldn’t pick out a team-mate in the middle.

The game was becoming frantic now as both sides searched for a winner and it so nearly arrived in the 89th minute but Nicholson spurned a glorious opportunity, dragging wide from 12 yards. The same player then just failed to get enough on an inviting Finley cross as the Gas struggled in vain to find a winner.

Afterwards, Rovers boss Joey Barton said:

“We're clearly making progress as a team and confidence is growing ahead of two away games."

Next up for Rovers is a trip to Salford City on Tuesday night, kick-off 7.45pm.

ROVERS: Belshaw, Grant, Kilgour (52), Finley, Nicholson, Coutts, Taylor, Anderson (79), Evans, Spence (60), Harries.

Subs: Ward, Thomas, Westbrooke, Collins (79), Anderton (52), Whelan (60), Pitman

TRANMERE: Doohan, Dacres-Cogley, Macdonald, Knight-Percival, Davies (72), Morris, Hawkes, Glatzel, Nevitt (45), O’Connor, Clarke.

Subs: Murphy, Watson, Feeney, McManaman, Foley (72), Maynard (45), Duffy

Referee: Tom Reeves

Attendance: 7,165.

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Ticket News

Date Change for Tranmere Fixture

9 November 2021

We can today confirm that our Sky Bet League Two fixture against Tranmere Rovers at the Memorial Stadium has been moved to Saturday, 20th November (3pm KO).

The change in date for this fixture is due to the Emirates FA Cup replay against Oxford United taking place on Tuesday, 16th November (7pm KO).

Tickets purchased for the original date (Friday, 19th November)  will remain valid.

To purchase tickets for this fixture - please click HERE.

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