Late equaliser dashes Tranmere’s hopes of victory

Tranmere visited Sutton United on Saturday afternoon in their latest game of the League 2 season.

Ahead of the game, Nigel Adkins said, “It’s another tough game. The stats will indicate that they’re number one for directness in their play. They’re a big side, so we know set pieces will be a threat. We know we’ve got to defend well. Likewise, when we’ve got the football, we have to be very efficient on how we use it. 

“At the end of the season, the league table won’t lie. We’re at a stage at the moment where our focus is just on the next game. Make sure we get the behaviours right through the course of the week. Give ourselves the best opportunity to plan and prepare as best we can to go into a game and give our best.” 

Match Report: Sutton United v Tranmere Rovers

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Tranmere Rovers secured a 1-1 draw against Sutton United, as a late equaliser nullified Rovers’ early lead.

In the opening minutes, Tranmere dominated possession, and their first opportunity arose ten minutes into the game. Tom Davies delivered a long ball over the Sutton defence to Connor Jennings, who set up Kristian Dennis, but Dean Bouzanis made a crucial save.

The breakthrough for Rovers came 17 minutes into the match when Rob Apter’s cross found the back of the net after a deflection.

Sutton reacted strongly, with Harry Smith and Aiden O’Brien attempting headers that narrowly missed the target.

In the first half, Tranmere had superior opportunities, particularly through Apter causing issues on the Rovers’ right side.

Early in the second half, Aiden O’Brien aimed a shot from the edge of the box, but Davies mitigated its impact, deflecting it into McGee’s hands.

Approaching the hour mark, Rovers faced prolonged pressure as Sutton continuously delivered long throws into the box. However, the defence remained resolute.

Just after the hour, Apter attempted a curling shot from the edge of the box, but it narrowly veered wide.

Opportunities were scarce in the second half, and with three minutes remaining, Sutton levelled the score as Louis John scored from a corner.

Despite a late push, Rovers ultimately had to accept a single point.

Tranmere host Gillingham on Saturday 25 November for their next game of the 2023/24 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Credit: Tony Coombes

Fans’ Twitter Reaction

Post Match Interview


Sutton United – Formation 4-4-2
21 Dean Bouzanis GK
23 Ryan Jackson DF
22 Joe Kizzi DF
5 Ben Goodliffe DF
6 Louis John DF
8 Christian N’Guessan MF
7 Josh Coley MF
26 Dominic Gape MF
10 Harry Beautyman (C) MF
9 Harry Smith FW
40 Aiden O’Brien FW

1 Jack Rose SUB
4 Omar Sowunmi SUB
16 Craig Clay SUB
14 Craig Dundas SUB
33 Lee Angol SUB
19 Tope Fadahunsi SUB
11 Omari Patrick SUB

Matt Gray

Match Officials
Lee Swabey
Assistants: Paul Lister-Flynn and Paul Kelly
Fourth official: Ryan Whitaker

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
14 Kristian Dennis FW

29 Conor Robson SUB
30 Jean Belehouan SUB
3 Jake Leake SUB
24 Dan Pike SUB
23 Reece McAlear SUB
19 Harvey Saunders SUB
20 Samuel Taylor SUB

Nigel Adkins

Attendance: 3548

League 2 season attendance

2023/24 Total home attendance57986
2023/24 Total away attendance52594
2023/24 Total H&A attendance110580
2023/24 Average home attendance6443
2023/24 Average away attendance5844
2023/24 Average H&A attendance6143

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