Mediocre performance as Tranmere suffer home defeat

Tranmere hosted Sutton United this afternoon for a 3pm kick-off, in their latest fixture of the 2021/22 League 2 season.

Ahead of today’s game, Micky Mellon said, “We were delighted with the way the lads performed (in the previous two games.)”

“We had a way and a structure of playing in both of the games, so it’s really pleasing how the lads tried to fit into that structure.

“It was two different wins. It shows different ways that you need to play in order to try and get results but that’s all credit to the players. 

“It’s been a good week for us, and we want to finish it off with another positive performance and result at the weekend. It gives us an opportunity over the next couple of games where we have got home games to try and show that home form and pick up as many points as we can one game at a time.”

Tranmere Rovers 0 – Sutton United 1

A mediocre Tranmere performance handed Sutton United a 1-0 victory at Prenton Park this afternoon.

The game started slowly, with neither side seemingly willing or able to try and take control. However, it was Sutton who started the better, when with two minutes on the clock, Jay Spearing fouled Olaofe during a powerful run towards the Tranmere goal.

For his efforts, Spearing was rewarded with a yellow card and will now miss the trip to Bristol next week due to totting up 5 yellows this season.

Just before half time, Sutton threatened to break the deadlock, firstly with a header that hit the post from Will Randall and secondly with a shot from David Ajiboye that went narrowly wide.

In the final minutes of the first half, Liam Feeney had a chance to send Tranmere into the break in the lead. Breaking forward on a swift counter, Feeney took a left-footed punt at goal, but it cleared the crossbar comfortably, leaving the match all square at the end of the first 45.

For most of the second half, Sutton were dominant and their commitment was rewarded at 71 minutes when Olaofe robbed Clarke of the ball and headed goalwards for a one-on-one with Doohan. Olaofe beat the Tranmere keeper with a shot into the far corner of the net.

Tranmere visit Bristol Rovers in their next League 2 fixture at 3pm on Saturday 20 November.

And these fans have their say …

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-2-3-1
25 Ross Doohan GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Calum MacDonald DF
26 Peter Clarke (C) DF
4 Nathaniel Knight-Percival DF
10 Ryan Watson MF
14 Callum McManaman MF
8 Jay Spearing MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
11 Liam Feeney MF
20 Elliott Nevitt FW

13 Joe Murphy SUB
5 Tom Davies SUB
21 Mark Duffy SUB
17 Sam Foley SUB
15 Josh Hawkes SUB
16 Paul Glatzel SUB
18 Nicky Maynard SUB

Micky Mellon

Will Finnie

Sutton United – Formation 4-4-2
1 Dean Bouzanis GK
22 Joe Kizzi DF
24 Robert Milsom DF
5 Ben Goodliffe DF
4 Coby Rowe DF
15 Craig Eastmond (C) MF
7 David Ajiboye MF
29 Alistair Smith MF
11 Will Randall MF
26 Richie Bennett FW
16 Isaac Olaofe FW

13 Brad House SUB
6 Louis John SUB
8 Kenny Davis SUB
14 Craig Dundas SUB
3 Ben Wyatt SUB
19 Ricky Korboa SUB
25 Donovan Wilson SUB

Matt Grey

Attendance: TBC

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