Poor Tranmere defeated at Mansfield

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Tranmere visited Mansfield Town 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, “Attacking wise, we have to get more bodies between the posts and be more aggressive to help not just the frontman but to help ourselves to get on the end of stuff.

“We’re certainly doing the running, there’s no danger of that, there’s an awful lot of stuff that’s right. We’re an honest group and we just keep trying to work hard and be good at the things we do.”

“Of course, we’re a very attacking team, so we do take chances at times but we believe those chances are worth taking. We’ve just got to make sure that we take the chances and we try and score goals. We’re happy with the way we want to play, it’s just about the consistency of doing that all the time now.

Mansfield Town 2 – Tranmere Rovers 0

Mansfield secured their first League Two win in 13 attempts after a 2-0 victory over a poor performing Tranmere this afternoon.

Tranmere failed to get into second gear were in reverse from the off.

With just two minutes on the clock, Danny Johnson was fouled in Tranmere’s penalty area by Ross Doohan, leading to a penalty being awarded to Mansfield.

It was only a shockingly bad high and wide spot-kick from Johnson that saved Tranmere from early embarrassment. However, there was plenty of embarrassment in store for Tranmere.

Mansfield’s Rhys Oates opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a left-footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by George Maris.

Kieron Morris found the back of Mansfield’s net, but it was ruled out for offside and it was only two minutes later that Oates opened the scoring for Mansfield.

Johnson doubled Mansfield’s lead with a simple tap-in at 67 minutes and they easily saw the game out for their first league victory since August 14.

Tranmere’s performance was much derided by the fans who booed each one of the team off the pitch at full time. The team simply didn’t gel together and didn’t even appear to want to. They had no drive, no determination, no grit and ultimately, no goals in a performance that will haunt Tranmere fans.

If Tranmere was to be in with a chance of promotion this season, they’ll have to want to do better than this.

Tranmere visit Crawley Town in the FA Cup on Saturday 6 November at 3pm, then host Oldham Athletic in the EFL Cup on Tuesday 9 Novermber at 7pm. Their next League 2 fixture is at home to Sutton United at 3pm on Saturday 13 November.

This fan had rather an accurate premonition …

And these fans aren’t at all happy!

Mansfield Town – Formation 4-1-2-1-2
1 Nathan Bishop GK
4 Elliott Hewitt DF
3 Stephen McLaughlin’‎ DF
6 Farrend Rawson DF
12 Oliver Hawkins DF
10 George Maris MF
7 Harry Charsley MF
8 Ollie Clarke (C) MF
16 Stephen Quinn MF
18 Rhys Oates‎ FW
11 Danny Johnson FW

13 George Shelvey SUB
15 Ryan Burke SUB
2 Kellan Gordon SUB
35 John-Joe O’Toole‎ SUB
9 Jordan Bowery SUB
31 James Gale SUB
17 Tyrese Sinclair SUB

Nigel Clough

James Bell


Northampton Town – Formation 4-2-3-1
25 Ross Doohan GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Calum MacDonald DF
5 Tom Davies DF
26 Peter Clarke (C) DF
7 Kieron Morris MF
14 Callum McManaman MF
17 Sam Foley MF
8 Jay Spearing MF
11 Liam Feeney MF
9 Emmanuel Dieseruvwe FW

13 Joe Murphy SUB
4 Nathaniel Knight-Percival SUB
22 Lee O’Connor SUB
21 Mark Duffy SUB
10 Ryan Watson SUB
16 Paul Glatzel SUB
20 Elliott Nevitt SUB

Micky Mellon

Attendance: 3831

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