Tranmere visited Colchester United this afternoon for a 3pm kick-off in their latest game of the 2021/22 League 2 season.
Ahead of the match, Mickey Mellon said of Rover’s recent form, “Yeah, it’s very [exciting], we’re pleased that we’ve worked hard to be in the shakeup with eight games to go now, so we’re pleased with that and now we want to continue to keep being competitive and be in it right until the very end.”
“I just think that we made some [mistakes] if you give away penalties and losing goals from set plays it’s always going to be difficult to win tight games if you’re giving away cheap goals like that, like the last-minute goal at Walsall.
“They’re a great group of players so they always very quickly want to get back onto what makes us a good team to get good results and we’ve managed to start to get the results now.”
Match Report: Colchester United v Tranmere Rovers
|Colchester United 1||v||0 Tranmere Rovers|
A 95th minute goal from Colchester substitute, Junior Tchamadeu, secured Colchester a 1-0 victory over promotion-chasing Tranmere.
Tchamadeu fired a right-footed shot from the edge of the area into the high centre of the goal. assisted by another sub, Alan Judge.
The first half was largely uneventful, but Colchester went close at 14 minutes when a left-footed Luke Hannant shot beat Tranmere keeper Joe Murphy, but ended just wide of the post.
At 33 minutes Elliot Nevitt had a strong attempt at goal saved by Shamal George. Just before the half time whistle, Nevitt was again denied.
Five minutes into the second half, Kane Hemmings had a stab at goal but his shot was wide to the right. Shortly after, Lewis Warrington had a shot on goal blocked.
There were numerous attempts at goal from both sides, notably from Warrington and Nevitt before Tchamadeu secured the points for Colchester in the fifth minute of added time.
Tranmere now sit at seventh in the table, just scraping into the play-off positions, one place above Mansfield by one point, but Mansfield have three games in hand.
Tranmere host Carlisle United for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 2 April in their next League 2 fixture.
Colchester United – Formation 4-2-3-1
29 Shamal George GK
27 Cameron Coxe DF
17 Myles Kenlock DF
4 Luke Chambers (C) DF
15 Tom Dallison DF
6 Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu MF
7 Luke Hannant MF
8 Cole Skuse MF
11 Freddie Sears MF
14 Noah Chilvers MF
24 John Akinde FW
23 Sam Hornby SUB
18 Tom Eastman 78’ SUB
22 Junior Tchamadeu SUB
28 Emyr Huws SUB
10 Alan Judge SUB
31 Donnell Thomas SUB
16 Corie Andrews SUB
Referee: Carl Brook
Assistants: Daniel Bonneywell and Michael Chard
Fourth official: Darren Blunden
Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-1-3-2
13 Joe Murphy GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Calum MacDonald DF
5 Tom Davies DF
26 Peter Clarke (C) DF
6 Chris Merrie MF
17 Sam Foley MF
19 Lewis Warrington MF
15 Josh Hawkes MF
10 Kane Hemmings FW
20 Elliott Nevitt FW
25 Ross Doohan SUB
4 Nathaniel Knight-Percival SUB
14 Callum McManaman SUB
8 Jay Spearing SUB
12 Charlie Jolley SUB
18 Nicky Maynard SUB
21 Joshua McPake SUB
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