Superb Spearing free-kick earns Tranmere three points

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

Ahead of today’s match, Micky Mellon said, “It’s such a difficult place to go. They have got a lot of talented players as a group and, as individuals, they have people who can cause you damage. We respect that and we will take nothing for granted. 

“We are not overconfident because we understand that you have to work very hard to try and get results, and that is a basic of any performance. 

“You’ve got to turn up with the right mentality and the right attitude,” continued Mellon. 

“We have got people who can score goals and people who can make it difficult for the opposition to score goals against us. That is the recipe every manager is trying to get. We are working hard at finding the consistency, and will try to improve on that each day. 

“We’re satisfied but greedy. We want more and want to keep improving. We have meetings all the time about how we can do things better, rather than patting ourselves on the back about things we’re doing well. 

“A winning player is a happy player. When they are happy and are moving forward, they keep striving for more. It would be easier to find improvement if you’re getting good results because of the happy nature of the players, as opposed to when you’re being defeated and things aren’t going well.” 

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Rovers kept yet another clean sheet today as they beat Crawley through a screeching Spearing free-kick in a 1-0 victory at Crawley.

Crawley failed to score for the first time in their last 13 league fixtures and Tranmere can take pride in the fact that they have conceded the fewest goals in League 2, with only 15 goals conceded all season.

Crawley were faster off the blocks during the early part of the first half, but Tranmere soon put them in their place as they took control of proceedings.

It wasn’t until the last five minutes of the first half that Crawley tested keeper Doohan. A Jack Powell free-kick was soon enough in safe hands.

Rovers had to wait until seven minutes into the second half for their first on-target shot at the Crawley goal. Kane Hemmings’s low 25-yard shot was easily held by Crawley keeper Glenn Morris.

Josh McPake nearly broke the deadlock to put Tranmere on the front foot, but his shot went narrowly wide.

Rovers secured the three points at 65 minutes when a sensational Jay Spearing free-kick whistled through a crowded six-yard box and into the back of the Crawly net, leaving Glen Morris wondering what had just happened.

There were a gut-wrenching five minutes of stoppage time, but in-control Tranmere easily held on until the final whistle blew.

Tranmere host Forest Green Rovers for a 3pm kick-off at Prenton Park on Saturday 29 January in their next League 2 fixture.

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Crawley Town – Formation 3-4-3
1 Glenn Morris GK
37 Joel Lynch DF
5 Tony Craig DF
19 Jordan Tunnicliffe DF
2 Archie Davies MF
25 Nick Tsaroulla MF
4 George Francomb (C) MF
8 Jack Powell MF
9 Tom Nichols FW
20 Sam Matthews FW
14 James Tilley FW

Substitutes
42 Taylor Seymour SUB
11 Tyler Frost SUB
7 Reece Grego-Cox SUB
45 Mark Marshall SUB
28 Jack Payne SUB
10 Ashley Nadesan SUB

Manager
John Yems

Referee
Simon Mather

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
25 Ross Doohan GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Calum MacDonald DF
17 Sam Foley DF
26 Peter Clarke (C) DF
8 Jay Spearing MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
22 Lee O’Connor MF
21 Joshua McPake MF
10 Kane Hemmings FW
12 Charlie Jolley FW

Substitutes
13 Joe Murphy SUB
24 Kyle Hayde SUB
23 Joseph Maguire SUB
11 Liam Feeney SUB
14 Callum McManaman SUB
6 Chris Merrie SUB
20 Elliott Nevitt SUB

Manager
Micky Mellon

Attendance: TBC

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