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Tranmere visited Mansfield this afternoon for a 3pm kick-off in their second game of the 2022/23 League 2 season.
Ahead of the game, Micky Mellon said, “We spoke about fighting harder and being the type of player you’ve been brought to Tranmere to be. We’re fighting hard to play the type of football that we’ve set out to play and I don’t think we did enough of that last week. We possibly weren’t brave enough at times so we’re encouraging them to get on the ball and not to worry about making mistakes.
“On the other side of that is the physical side of the game; winning headers, knockdowns, pressing and tackling. That’s a big part of the game. It’s all about encouraging them and telling them that’s the type of team we want to be.
“In training, as we were last Thursday, they’ve trained really well and been very good at the things we’re capable of and know it’s all about putting it all together for another big game at the weekend.”
Match Report: Mansfield Town v Tranmere Rovers
It was another defeat for Tranmere Rovers today as they lost to Mansfield at Field Mill, leaving Tranmere second from bottom, just ahead of Crawley on goals scored.
Tranmere did come close to opening the scoring at the half-hour mark, when a left-footed shot from Kane Hemmings from the left side of the box was saved by Mansfield keeper, Christy Pym.
However, that was Tranmere’s only shot on target during the first half while Mansfield managed to get four shots on target at the other end before the half-time whistle.
The crowd had to wait until the 60th minute for the deadlock to be broken through a header from Harbottle from a corner but Boateng. Seemingly, Rovers are still struggling to handle set pieces.
Tranmere pushed forward for an equaliser and some holes could be found through their defence, but Mansfield couldn’t quite take advantage.
Ollie Clarke struck Doohan’s near post and the Tranmere keeper went on to produce an outstanding close-range save from Lucas Atkins.
At the final whistle, the hosts took all three points.
Tranmere’s next game is in the Caribao Cup on Tuesday 9 August, when the visit Acctington Stanley for a 7:45pm kick off. Rovers host Gillingham for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 13 August in their next 2022/23 League 2 fixture.
Fan’s Twitter reaction
People saying we played well today. I think that's a big stretch. It was better than last week but we couldn't possibly have been any worse #trfc #swa— Paul Ricci (@RicciTRFC) August 6, 2022
People saying we played well today. I think that's a big stretch. It was better than last week but we couldn't possibly have been any worse #trfc #swa
Another goal conceded from a set play AGAIN. We get EVERY man back for opposition corners as well (Clarke was the excuse last season). Our own corners were utterly abysmal as well. Floated aimlessly above the box. Going to be a long hard season on the evidence so far #TRFC— Craig Perkins (@CraigPerkins17) August 6, 2022
Another goal conceded from a set play AGAIN. We get EVERY man back for opposition corners as well (Clarke was the excuse last season). Our own corners were utterly abysmal as well. Floated aimlessly above the box. Going to be a long hard season on the evidence so far #TRFC
Only 6 points off the top!! @TranmereRovers #Swa— Timmy Soft (@timmysoft) August 6, 2022
Only 6 points off the top!! @TranmereRovers #Swa
Another Saturday, another pathetic performance 💩— Matt Hibbert (@MattHibbert) August 6, 2022
Another Saturday, another pathetic performance 💩
What an embarrassment— TRFC Statto 🇸🇱 (@TrfcStatto) July 30, 2022
What an embarrassment
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Mansfield Town – Formation 3-5-21 Christy Pym GK6 Riley Harbottle DF12 Oliver Hawkins DF35 John-Joe O’Toole DF7 Lucas Akins MF3 Stephen McLaughlin (C) MF44 Hiram Boateng MF16 Stephen Quinn MF10 George Maris MF9 Jordan Bowery FW18 Rhys Oates FW
Substitutes13 Scott Flinders SUB4 Elliott Hewitt SUB8 Ollie Clarke SUB2 Kellan Gordon SUB5 Anthony Hartigan SUB32 George Lapslie SUB26 Will Swan SUB
Match OfficialsReferee: Sebastian StockbridgeAssistants: Richard Wigglesworth and Stephen WadeFourth official: Sam Lewis
Tranmere Rovers – Formation 5-3-21 Ross Doohan GK2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF3 Ethan Bristow DF21 Luke Robinson DF18 Kyle Jameson DF19 Neill Byrne DF8 Reece McAlear MF4 Lee O’Connor MF22 Paul Lewis MF10 Kane Hemmings (C) FW20 Elliott Nevitt FW
Substitutes23 Mateusz Hewelt SUB15 Ben Hockenhull SUB11 Josh Hawkes SUB17 Rhys Hughes SUB6 Chris Merrie SUB16 Jon Nolan SUB32 Samuel Taylor SUB
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