Match Report – League 2 – Tranmere Rovers 0, Bradford City 1

Match Report – League 2 – Tranmere Rovers 0, Bradford City 1

Tranmere Rovers hosted Bradford City at Prenton Park for their Boxing Day fixture. The visitors won for the third time in a row under caretaker manager Mark Trueman by beating Tranmere 1-0.

Former Bradford striker James Vaughan set up a great chance for Corey Blackett-Taylor at seven minutes. Vaughan’s pass caused confusion in the Bradford defence, which allowed Blackett-Taylor to poke the ball past goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell but also wide of the post.

Gareth Evans was denied by Tranmere goalkeeper Scott Davies early in the second half, but two Tranmere substitutions did nothing to stop Lee Novak’s headed 62nd-minute goal.

Bradford City’s keeper, O’Donnell, had to deal with shots from Calum MacDonald and Danny Lloyd as Tranmere kept pressing the Bradford defence in front of a socially-distanced ‘capacity’ home crowd of 2,000.

Clarke fired a long ball to Vaughan, but his touch was tipped away by a full-stretch dive by O’Donnell with 12 minutes to go.

Three minutes of extra time didn’t help Rovers and the score stood at a 1-0 defeat for Tranmere as the final whistle blew.

Tranmere Rovers
1 Davies
18 MacDonald
26 Clarke
4 Nelson
3 Ridehalgh
8 Spearing
35 Lloyd-McGoldrick
15 Young
19 Feeney
11 Blackett-Taylor
9 Vaughan

2 O’Connor
7 Morris
10 Ferrier
13 Murphy
14 Woolery
22 Lewis
28 Banks

Bradford City
1 O’Donnell
24 Cousin-Dawson
4 O’Connor
6 O’Connor
23 WoodBooked at 35mins
22 Sutton
18 Watt
16 Clarke
9 Novak
17 Evans
10 Donaldson

3 Longridge
7 Pritchard
8 Cooke
13 Hornby
14 Samuels
15 French
26 Scales

Referee: Ben Toner

Tranmere Rovers F.C.