Tranmere beat Bradford for first win in eight games

Tranmere visited Bradford this evening for a 7pm kick-off.

Before tonight’s match at the Valley Parade ground, Tranmere held 5th position in the League Two table.

Bradford were 13th in the division and only four points off the play off places. Their last six games have produced three wins, two losses and one draw.

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

In what was Bradford’s third defeat in the last eight days Tranmere somehow managed to secure all three points at Valley Parade today.

Bradford will now be very lucky to achieve their aspirations of a play-off place, whilst Tranmere improved the possibility of automatic promotion.

Tranmere today ended their run of seven matches without a win – it wasn’t a masterclass in footballing skill, but a home side own goal that gifted the visitors all three points. Now, Tranmere are just four points behind the third automatic place with three matches to play this season.

During the first minute of stoppage time in the first half, Danny Lloyd crossed the ball in from the left and, unfortunatley for Bradford, was more than helped over the line by defender and captain, Paudie O’Connor. Bradford Goalie, Sam Hornby, was left on the wrong foot and his attempt at a save was futile.

Tranmere did have other real chances, but failed to capitalise on them. A Kieron Morris shot went narrowly over from just outside the penalty area and a Kaiyne Woolery header also went close.

Despite Bradford taking the lion’s share of possession in the second half they too failed to capitalise against a well-organised Tranmere defence.

Tranmere host Barrow on Saturday 24 April for a 3pm kick-off in their next League 2 game.

Keith Hill, “We deserve a bit of luck, don’t we?”

Matt Hibbert’s thoughts…

A solid if uninspiring performance, we did the basics and didn’t make any mistakes, and got that bit of luck in the final third with the deflection for the goal.

It stops the rot, is our first win in 8 games, and hopefully can be used as a building block to get our season back on track.

Matt Hibbert – Presenter, This is Tranmere Podcast

Matt Hibbert, Paul Harper and Jake Keogh present the “This is Tranmere” podcast available on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts & Spotify with post-match reaction for every Tranmere game. #TRFC #SWA

These are the links to the Bradford v Tranmere podcast:
Apple podcasts

These fans express their opinion on today’s game…

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Bradford City
13 Sam Hornby
24 Finn Cousin-Dawson
23 Connor Wood
4 Paudie O’Connor (C)
6 Anthony O’Connor
18 Elliot Watt
16 Billy Clarke
22 Levi Sutton
17 Gareth Evans
31 Oliver Crankshaw
29 Andy Cook

1 Richard O’Donnell
14 Matthew Foulds
8 Callum Cooke
26 Kian Scales
10 Clayton Donaldson
28 Danny Rowe
15 Charles Vernam

Mark Trueman

Seb Stockbridge

Tranmere Rovers
13 Joe Murphy
2 Lee O’Connor
18 Calum MacDonald
26 Peter Clarke (C)
6 Emmanuel Monthe
19 Liam Feeney
14 Kaiyne Woolery
8 Jay Spearing
22 Paul Lewis
35 Danny Lloyd
7 Kieron Morris

30 Ben Jones
21 George Ray
3 Liam Ridehalgh
11 Corey Taylor
17 Otis Khan
12 Charlie Jolley
28 David Nugent

Keith Hill

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