Cambridge hold Tranmere to a 1-1 draw

Tranmere hosted top-of-the-table Cambridge United this afternoon at Prenton Park in a 3pm kick off.

Following Rovers’ heavy defeat at the hands of Cheltenham on Good Friday, Keith Hill’s men sat 4th position in League Two before today’s match, just one point outside of the automatic promotion places.

Cambridge United’s last six games have resulted in five wins and one defeat.

Match Report – League 2 – Tranmere Rovers 1, Cambridge United 1

An 11th minute Tranmere goal wasn’t enough to secure the home-side all three points at Prenton Park.

Paul Lewis opened the scoring for Tranmere at 11 minutes from a clever through ball by Danny Lloyd. Jay Spearing was subbed off at 20 minutes due to an injury, in what must have been a blow for the home side.

Cambridge scored following a disputed and controversial 60th-minute penalty for a foul on Luke Hannant. The penalty kick was saved by Joe Murphy, but Mullin scored from the rebound.

Tranmere didn’t lose heart, but try as hard as they could, they couldn’t find the elusive winning goal. There were a number of opportunities for the home side towards the end of the game, but nothing that quite turned into anything tangible.

After the game, Keith Hill said, “We’re really disappointed with the referee’s decision on awarding the penalty. I thought the first half should have yielded more goals. So, we’re really disappointed that a decision that shouldn’t have been awarded as a penalty has probably cost us three points.”

Tranmere’s performance was greatly improved on their 4-0 Good Friday loss at Cheltenham. However, the side will no doubt think they should have taken all three points instead of their fourth draw in the last six games.

Tranmere visit Scunthorpe United on 10 April for a 3pm kick-off in their next League 2 game.

Matt Hibbert’s thoughts…

A much imporived performace from Friday, but that wasn’t exactly going to be hard to accomplish, but still a disappointing result being held 1-1 by top of the table Cambridge.

Our final ball and crossing today was atrocious, and it simply has to improve if we have any realistic aspirations of being in that top 3 come May, and on top of that, the hamstring injury to Jay Spearing is potentially a huge blow as he now joins James Vaughan and Scott Davies on the injured list.

Matt Hibbert – Presenter, This is Tranmere Podcast

Matt Hibbert, Paul Harper and Jake Keogh present the “This is Tranmere” podcast available on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts & Spotify with post-match reaction for every Tranmere game. #TRFC #SWA

These are the links to the Tranmere v Cambridge podcast:
Soundcloud
Apple podcasts
Spotify

These fans express their opinion on today’s game…

Tranmere Rovers
13 Joe Murphy
17 Otis Khan
18 Calum MacDonald
26 Peter Clarke (C)
6 Emmanuel Monthe
2 Lee O’Connor
19 Liam Feeney
35 Danny Lloyd
8 Jay Spearing
22 Paul Lewis
14 Kaiyne Woolery

Substitutes
30 Ben Jones
21 George Ray
3 Liam Ridehalgh
11 Corey Taylor
15 Alister Crawford
7 Kieron Morris
28 David Nugent

Manager
Keith Hill

Referee
John Busby

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Cambridge United
25 Callum Burton
2 Kyle Knoyle
3 Jack Iredale
15 Jubril Okedina
5 Greg Taylor (C)
4 Paul Digby
44 Hiram Boateng
8 Liam O’Neil
7 Luke Hannant
20 Joe Ironside
10 Paul Mullin

Substitutes
13 Kai McKenzie-Lyle
6 Declan Drysdale
11 Harrison Dunk
14 Wes Hoolahan
19 Adam May
18 Shilow Tracey
27 Ben Worman

Manager
Mark Bonner

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