Tranmere defeated at Crewe

Tranmere visited Crewe Alexandra on Saturday afternoon in their latest game of the League 2 season.

Ahead of the game, Nigel Adkins said, “On Saturday against Grimsby, we needed a momentum shift. The SWA got right behind the players, it was wonderful,” said Adkins. 

“It’s what we want. We want that togetherness. Especially when things are going against us, we need that lift and that drive. 

“It’s been great to see Luke Norris and Jake Leake running around [in training]. Jordan Turnbull picked up a dead leg on Tuesday night. Reece McAlear won’t be available for the weekend. 

“[Crewe] have done really well. They’ll play three at the back but are adaptable. That’s why I love this division, it’s a lot more intelligent now.” 

Match Report: Crewe Alexandra v Tranmere Rovers

Crewe Alexandra 2v0 Tranmere Rovers
Demetriou (11′)
Long (52′)
Goals
Powell (11′, 52′)Assists
HT 1-0

Tranmere Rovers suffered a 2-0 defeat against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday afternoon.

Crewe started the game with an early opportunity as Shilow Tracey, cutting inside from the left, saw Tranmere keeper, Luke McGee, make a characteristically robust save.

The home team took the lead in the 11th minute as Mickey Demetriou skillfully headed in from a free-kick.

Ten minutes later, Harvey Saunders had a promising opportunity for Rovers with a shot from the edge of the box. However, Harvey Davies executed a splendid low save.

As the first half progressed, Rovers maintained pressure, but the hosts skillfully defended against the threats.

Just before half-time, Davies had to tip away a goal-bound cross from Lee O’Connor as Tranmere persisted in their attacking efforts. However, they went into the break trailing by one goal.

Three minutes into the second half, Luke McGee received a red card for a deliberate handball just outside the box. He prevented a goal as Courtney Baker-Richardson tried to chip the ball over him. Joe Murphy came on as the goalkeeper, replacing Kieron Morris.

From the subsequent free-kick, Crewe found the net, with Chris Long extending their lead.

On the 67th minute, Connor Jennings struck the crossbar with a long-range effort. Shortly after, Kristian Dennis entered the game, substituting for Charlie Jolley.

Rovers persisted in their efforts, with Connor Wood and Dennis attempting long-range shots. Connor Jennings then aimed a header towards the goal from a corner, only to witness his attempt cleared off the line.

During thirteen minutes of added time, Tranmere hit the crossbar once more, this time with a header by Harvey Saunders.

However, their hopes dimmed when Tom Davies received a second yellow card, leaving Rovers with just nine men, as the hosts secured the victory.

Tranmere host Doncaster Rovers on Friday 20 October for their next game of the 2023/24 League Two season.

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Credit: Tony Coombes

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Post Match Interview

Line-ups

Crewe Alexandra – Formation 4-2-3-1
1 Harvey Davies GK
2 Ryan Cooney DF
3 Rio Adebisi DF
6 Luke Offord (C) DF
5 Mickey Demetriou DF
11 Joel Tabiner MF
10 Shilow Tracey MF
23 Jack Powell MF
30 Joe White MF
7 Chris Long MF
9 Courtney Baker-Richardson FW

Substitutes
13 Tom Booth SUB
28 Lewis Billington SUB
16 Charlie Colkett SUB
24 Charlie Finney SUB
19 Owen Lunt SUB
21 Aaron Rowe SUB
20 Elliott Nevitt SUB

Manager
Lee Bell

Match Officials
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Assistants: Simon Shaw and Steven Plane
Fourth official: Lewis Raper

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-3-3
1 Luke McGee GK
2 Lee O’Connor DF
27 Connor Wood DF
5 Tom Davies (C) DF
21 Josef Yarney DF
8 Regan Hendry MF
18 Connor Jennings MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
12 Charlie Jolley FW
19 Harvey Saunders FW
11 Josh Hawkes FW

Substitutes
13 Joe Murphy SUB
30 Jean Belehouan SUB
31 Joseph Starbuck SUB
25 Robert Apter SUB
4 Brad Walker SUB
14 Kristian Dennis SUB
20 Samuel Taylor SUB

Manager
Nigel Adkins

Attendance: 5826

League 2 season attendance

2023/24 Total home attendance45690
2023/24 Total away attendance35633
2023/24 Total H&A attendance81323
2023/24 Average home attendance6527
2023/24 Average away attendance5939
2023/24 Average H&A attendance6233

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