Tranmere visited Crewe Alexandra yesterday evening for a 7pm kick-off in the EFL Trophy.
Ahead of the game, Micky Mellon said, “We don’t have a squad big enough to tackle these tournaments, so we’ll be giving the rest of the boys (those available) a chance and go and try and win the game and get a result.”
Crewe manager, Alex Morris, said, “I’m looking for a big response after the poorest performance of the season, in this next game and going forward.
“You try to win every game, but it’s important that we win a game of football soon because it’s been a while since we did that -it was against Crawley five game ago. We need that winning feeling back.”
Match Report: Crewe Alexandra v Tranmere Rovers
|Crewe Alexandra 0||v||1 Tranmere Rovers|
An Elliott Nevitt goal saw Tranmere take all three points in last night’s Northern Group B EFL Trophy fixture against Crewe Alexandra.
Sub Nevitt’s second half strike was enough to claim two victories over Crewe in five days.
Making his club debut, Arthur Lomax was quick off the blocks and in the second minute tried a left footed shot from outside the box, but his effort narrowly missed to the right.
Moments later, Lomax had another attempt at goal, but was this time denied by Crewe keeper, Dave Richards.
Despite a promising start, the next 20 minutes were all Crewe’s, until a 38th minute stab at goal by Josh Dacres-Cogley which missed to the left.
Next up for an effort on goal was Samuel Taylor, but his attempt was saved by Richards in the bottom left corner, meaning that as the half time whistle blew, the scoreline remained a stalemate at 0-0.
In the opening minutes of the second half, Jake Burton couldn’t make his attempt on goal count and this was followed by Crewe taking the reigns again with efforts from Joel Tabiner, Bassala Sambou, Daniel Agyei, and Zac Williams failing to break the deadlock.
At 66 minutes, Nevitt came on for Burton and a minute later, he tried a left footed shot from the left side of the box, but it came to nothing when Davidson saved in the top centre of the goal.
It wasn’t long, however, until Nevitt broke the stalemate and gave Tranmere the lead. After a powerful run, his shot from the centre of the box beat keeper Davidson and found its way into the bottom right corner of the Crewe net.
Tranmere’s next game of the League Two season is away to Harrogate Town on Saturday 22 October for a 3pm kick off.
Post Match Interview
Crewe Alexandra – Formation 5-3-2
1 Dave Richards GK
3 Rio Adebisi DF
24 Charlie Finney DF
4 Michael Williams DF
5 Rod McDonald DF
6 Luke Offord (C) DF
8 Conor Thomas MF
25 Joel Tabiner MF
14 Oliver Finney MF
9 Courtney Baker-Richardson FW
11 Daniel Agyei FW
13 Arthur Okonkwo SUB
2 Kelvin Mellor SUB
22 Billy Sass-Davies SUB
17 Lachlan Brook SUB
20 Eli King SUB
18 Thakgalo Leshabela SUB
19 Bassala Sambou SUB
Referee: Tom Reeves
Assistants: Lisa Rashid and Ian Smedley
Fourth official: Liam Corbett
Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
23 Mateusz Hewelt GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley (C) DF
18 Kyle Jameson DF
15 Ben Hockenhull DF
19 Neill Byrne DF
17 Rhys Hughes MF
30 Arthur Lomax MF
8 Reece McAlear MF
16 Jon Nolan MF
32 Samuel Taylor FW
27 Jake Burton FW
13 Joe Murphy SUB
3 Ethan Bristow SUB
4 Lee O’Connor SUB
26 Dynel Simeu SUB
11 Josh Hawkes SUB
6 Chris Merrie SUB
7 Kieron Morris SUB
20 Elliott Nevitt SUB
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