Tranmere draw at Colchester in a game of missed opportunities

Tranmere headed into today’s fixture having picked up 3 points on Saturday with their win over Exeter City. Before kick-off, the team were sitting at a very nearly comfortable 4th in the league table, following their acheivements from the last six games which has seen four wins, one draw and one loss.

Colchester, who also played last on Saturday, lost at home to Port Vale. They currently sit not particularly comfortably at 22nd position in League Two having won one, drawn two and lost three of their previous six games.

Match Report – League 2 – Colchester United 0, Tranmere Rovers 0

Tranmere struggled against Colchester, but recovered from a 2-0 deficit to drag the score back to 2-2. It was truly a game of missed opportunities.

Tranmere Rovers started the better of the two sides, and Calum MacDonald will be disappointed with his close-range header that he skied over the bar at 14 minutes.

Just 6 minutes later, Rovers should have taken the lead through a headed effort by Danny Lloyd that produced a great save from Colchester goalie, Dean Gerken.

The hosts took the lead through a Harry Pell goal at 30 minutes. The Colchester captain scored from close range after Jevani Brown had headed Ryan Clampin’s cross in the six-yard box.

Colchester doubled their lead at 55 minutes when Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu took full advantage of Pell’s low cross to score his first goal for the side.

Tranmere clawed one back at 62 minutes, when Danny Lloyd converted from the spot following a Tommy Smith handball in the area.

Tranmere drew level just five minutes later when Jay Spearing’s well-hit volley whistled in.

Rovers had the best chance to win the game when Nya Kirby found himself in plenty of space, but his shot struck the post in the 92nd minute meaning Keith Hill’s men would have to make do with a point.

Tranmere host Mansfield Town on Saturday 27 March for a 3pm kick-off in their next League 2 game.

Matt Hibbert’s thoughts…

A disappointing 2-2 draw away at struggling Colchester, twice in a week we’ve thrown away points away at teams in the bottom four.

We have to be better at both ends of the pitch if we want to be up there come May.

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 Colchester vTranmere podcast:
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These fans express their opinion on today’s game…

Colchester United
1 Dean Gerken
38 Junior Tchamadeu
21 Ryan Clampin
18 Tom Eastman
5 Tommy Smith
24 Ben Stevenson
7 Courtney Senior
8 Harry Pell (C)
22 Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu
45 Frank Nouble
10 Jevani Brown

29 Shamal George
3 Josh Doherty
2 Miles Welch-Hayes
14 Noah Chilvers
12 Paris Cowan-Hall
39 Michael Folivi
9 Aramide Oteh

Wayne Brown

Declan Bourne

Tranmere Rovers
1 Scott Davies (C)
17 Otis Khan
3 Liam Ridehalgh
26 Peter Clarke
6 Emmanuel Monthe
8 Jay Spearing
19 Liam Feeney
7 Kieron Morris
22 Paul Lewis
35 Danny Lloyd
18 Calum MacDonald

13 Joe Murphy
4 Sid Nelson
15 Alister Crawford
16 Nya Kirby
27 Jake Burton
12 Charlie Jolley
28 David Nugent

Keith Hill

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