Crawley snatch win over Tranmere

Tranmere visited Crawley Town this afternoon in their latest game of the League 2 season.

Ahead of the game and with the side desperate to get back to winning ways, Nigel Adkins said, “First and foremost, know yourself. Then, establish how our identity can impact the opposition. 

“Crawley have massive threats. They’re very good at what they do, they have been for a long time, and they’re very successful with it. We’ve got to come up with solutions and deal with that, but flip it, what can we do when we’ve got the ball.” 

Match Report: Crawley Town v Tranmere Rovers

Crawley Town 3v2 Tranmere Rovers
Darcy (61′)
Tsaroulla (68′)
Lolos (90’+6)
GoalsJolley (21′)
Taylor (66′)
Tsaroulla (61′)
Henry (90’+6)
AssistsTaylor (21′)
Walker (66′)
HT 0-1

Tranmere Rovers suffered a last-minute 3-2 defeat to Crawley Town on Saturday afternoon.

Acting manager Nigel Adkins made several changes in first Rovers lineup. Connor Wood made his debut for Tranmere, and Reece McAlear, Brad Walker, Josh Hawkes, and Charlie Jolley all re-entered the starting eleven.

The game’s first significant opportunity came four minutes in, when McAlear made space in the box, delivering a pass to Connor Jennings. Unfortunately, Jennings’ shot went over the crossbar.

On the 22-minute mark, Tranmere opened the scoring as Sam Taylor set up Jolley for a clear shot at the Crawley goal. The striker exhibited composure, elegantly placing the ball into the net.

Adkins’ team encountered some pressure from the hosts as the first half unfolded, but they managed to maintain the one-goal advantage going into half time.

Crawley managed to equalize on 61 minutes, with Ronan Darcy creating space and bringing the hosts level.

After a brief interruption in the match due to bottles and flares being thrown onto the pitch, Taylor restored Rovers’ lead from a superb pass from Walker.

However, Crawley swiftly equalized as Nick Tsaroulla found the back of the net.

As the game continued, both teams sought to alter their fortunes with multiple substitutions, but they remained evenly matched.

In the dying moments of added time, Crawley secured a dramatic victory courtesy of substitute Lolos, claiming all three points.

Tranmere host Accrington Stanley on Saturday 23 September for their next game of the 2023/24 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Credit: Tony Coombes

Fans’ Twitter Reaction

Post Match Interview


Crawley Town – Formation 5-3-2
1 Corey Addai GK
99 Laurence Maguire DF
3 Dion Conroy DF
30 Will Wright DF
28 Adam Campbell MF
25 Nick Tsaroulla MF
7 Ben Gladwin (C) MF
4 Liam Kelly MF
10 Ronan Darcy FW
23 Travis Johnson FW
9 Danilo Orsi-Dadomo FW

13 Luca Ashby-Hammond SUB
16 Tobi Omole SUB
12 Aaron Henry SUB
27 Rafiq Khaleel SUB
11 Jack Roles SUB
14 Harry Forster SUB
8 Klaidi Lolos SUB

Scott Lindsey

Match Officials
Alan Young
Assistants: Marc Wilson and Paul Evans
Fourth official: Dean Treleaven

Tranmere Rovers– Formation 4-3-3
1 Luke McGee GK
78 Dan Pike DF
5 Tom Davies (C) DF
32 Connor Wood DF
23 Reece McAlear DF
6 Jordan Turnbull MF
4 Brad Walker MF
18 Connor Jennings MF
12 Charlie Jolley MF
11 Josh Hawkes FW
20 Samuel Taylor FW

13 Joe Murphy SUB
88 James Norris SUB
21 Josef Yarney SUB
99 Robert Apter SUB
8 Regan Hendry SUB
14 Kristian Dennis SUB
19 Harvey Saunders SUB

Nigel Adkins

Attendance: 2961

League 2 season attendance

2023/24 Total home attendance28070
2023/24 Total away attendance22440
2023/24 Total H&A attendance50510
2023/24 Average home attendance7018
2023/24 Average away attendance5610
2023/24 Average H&A attendance6314

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