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Tranmere Preview - A look at our second visit of the season to Prenton Park

14 March 2022



After a setback on Saturday at Bristol Rovers, Town have an immediate opportunity to get back to winning ways with a trip to Prenton Park tomorrow evening to face promotion chasing Tranmere Rovers.


After a run of five games without a win, Rovers made a timely return to form at the weekend when they defeated Mansfield Town and they are now only out of the automatic playoff spots on goal difference.

Our opponents

Rovers come into the game in fourth spot, holding a strong position in a table that sees just four points separating the teams sat second through ninth in League Two.

Their season has largely been built on the back of a rock solid defence, currently the second best in league having conceded just 32 goals.

Prior to the late win on Friday evening their form had stuttered though since late January, with two wins from 10 before the 3-2 win against Mansfield.

On home turf this season though they can boast the divisions best record, having 13 wins and 40 points from their 18 games at Prenton Park.

Earlier this season

There was an entertaining league affair earlier in the season when the two sides played out a 2-2 draw under the lights at The Envirovent Stadium.

Jay Spearing gave the visitors the lead from the spot only for a Jack Muldoon penalty and Luke Armstrong strike put Town ahead before Kieron Morris stuck with just over half an hour remaining.



Town also triumphed away from in the Papa John's round of 32 earlier in the season when goals from Muldoon and Alex Pattison engineered a second half comeback and sealed a 2-1 victory.



The man in charge

Scot and former-Tranmere player Micky Mellon is back at the helm after a previous five-year spell in charge between 2016 and 2020. He has also managed Fleetwood, Shrewsbury and Dundee United. He has overseen just over 200 games in charge at the club, winning almost half of these matches.

During his playing career he made almost 500 appearances for Rovers, as well as Bristol City, Blackpool and West Brom.

Ones to Watch

Leading scorers Elliott Nevitt and Kieron Morris have both found the net five times each, Morris also has four assists on the season as does veteran midfielder Jay Spearing.

Peter Clarke, leads an impressive backline, with Callum MacDonald and Tom Davies also standing out this season.

Rovers added former Town loanee Josh McPake in the January window after the Scot had spent the first part of the season at League One side Morecambe.

Team News

Simon Weaver will hope to have both Will Smith and Simon Power  available for selection after the pair missed out at the weekend through illness, along with Lewis Page and Brahima Diarra who are injury doubts. 

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