Decisive Davies goal seals Tranmere victory over Swindon

Tranmere hosted Swindon Town on Saturday afternoon in their latest game of the League 2 season.

Match Report: Tranmere Rovers v Swindon Town

Tranmere Rovers 2v1 Swindon Town
Morris (55′)
Davies (72′)
GoalsKemp (22′)
Saunders (55′)AssistsHutton (22′)
HT 0-1

Tranmere Rovers secured their fourth consecutive home win with a 2-1 victory against Swindon Town at Prenton Park.

Tom Davies and Jordan Turnbull returned the starting lineup, replacing Joe Yarney and Jean Belehouan, while Harvey Saunders took the forward position instead of Kristian Dennis.

Swindon faced an early scare as a loose backpass forced Murphy Mahoney to hastily retreat to the goal. Rob Apter then sprinted down the right wing, attempting to capitalize on the confusion, but the Robins managed to regain control.

Ten minutes into the game, Connor Jennings attempted a chip to catch Mahoney off guard, but the shot narrowly missed its target.

As the first half progressed, a couple of errant passes at the back put Rovers on the offensive. Apter, cutting in on his left foot, compelled Mahoney into action.

Tranmere sought a penalty 20 minutes into the match when Saunders went down in the box, but the referee dismissed the appeal.

Swindon took the lead with their first significant chance on the 22nd minute. Daniel Kemp burst into the box on the visitors’ right and skillfully slotted the ball into the far corner.

Approaching the break, Rovers exerted pressure to penetrate Swindon’s resilient defence. Apter, once again cutting inside, attempted to find a breakthrough, but the visitors maintained their lead at half time.

Tranmere resumed the second half with the same determination, actively seeking the equalizer. Apter initiated with a curled shot over the bar just seconds into the half.

The equalizing moment unfolded in the 54th minute, with Jennings seizing an opportunity from a defensive slip by the visitors. His shot, deflected by Mahoney, fell into the path of Kieron Morris, promptly restoring parity.

Swindon launched another attack, with Charlie Austin heading towards the goal shortly after the equaliser, but Luke McGee made a solid save.

At the hour mark, Josh Hawkes replaced Saunders and swiftly made an impact, curling a ball towards the far corner that Mahoney saved skillfully.

Hawkes continued to make an impact moments later. Hendry delivered a pass to the winger, who skillfully bypassed his marker, cutting inside and curling another shot at goal. Mahoney made a low save to deny the attempt.

Rovers persistently tested Mahoney’s goal with chances, the goalkeeper making a low save from yet another Apter attempt as the hour mark passed. Shortly after, Brad Walker came close to securing his first Tranmere goal with a long-range effort.

Tranmere took the lead in the 72nd minute, courtesy of a Tom Davies goal from the back post. The goal followed intense pressure on the Swindon goal.

With ten minutes remaining, Swindon appealed for a penalty as the ball struck Morris’s hand, but once again, the referee dismissed the appeal and waved play on.

Five minutes later, the visitors found the back of the net, but the linesman had raised the flag for offside.

Rovers held their ground and secured the victory, marking four consecutive home wins.

Tranmere visit Salford City on Boxing Day, 26 December for their next game of the 2023/24 League Two season.

Match Highlights

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Post Match Interview

Line-ups

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
1 Luke McGee GK
2 Lee O’Connor DF
27 Connor Wood DF
5 Tom Davies (C) DF
6 Jordan Turnbull DF
4 Brad Walker MF
25 Robert Apter MF
8 Regan Hendry MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
19 Harvey Saunders FW
18 Connor Jennings FW

Substitutes
13 Joe Murphy SUB
26 James Norris SUB
21 Josef Yarney SUB
11 Josh Hawkes SUB
23 Reece McAlear SUB
12 Charlie Jolley SUB
20 Samuel Taylor SUB

Manager
Nigel Adkins

Match Officials
Referee:
Sunny Singh Gill
Assistants: Nigel Lugg and Matthew Smith
Fourth official: Scott Jackson

Swindon Town – Formation 3-4-1-2
1 Murphy Mahoney 71‎’‎ GK
17 Williams Kokolo DF
8 Saidou Khan DF
31 Harrison Minturn DF
2 Remeao Hutton 90‎+‎4‎’‎ MF
28 Tyrese Shade 82‎’‎ MF
23 Liam Kinsella MF
6 George McEachran 77‎’‎ MF
10 Daniel Kemp 22‎’‎ FW
7 Jake Young 89‎’‎ FW
32 Charlie Austin (C) FW

Substitutes
44 Lewis Ward SUB
14 Brooklyn Genesini SUB
35 Jaxon Brown SUB
16 Jake Cain SUB
26 Anton Dworzak SUB
36 Sonny Hart SUB
33 Joel McGregor SUB

Manager
Michael Flynn

Attendance: 5894

League 2 season attendance

2023/24 Total home attendance74844
2023/24 Total away attendance64205
2023/24 Total H&A attendance139049
2023/24 Average home attendance6237
2023/24 Average away attendance5837
2023/24 Average H&A attendance6037

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