Tranmere visited Whaddon Road for their latest League Two clash against league leaders Cheltenham Town yesterday afternoon.
Tranmere’s draw against Mansfield at home resulted in them moving up a position into 3rd place, the highest Rovers have held so far this season.
Cheltenham’s defeat away at Morecambe last week meant they were one place above Tranmere in second place. Their last six matches have seen three wins and three losses.
Match Report – League 2 – Cheltenham Town 4, Tranmere Rovers 0
Cheltenham Town cruised to victory against Tranmere Rovers. The 4-0 defeat of the visitors was their biggest league win of the season and Tranmere’s joint equal biggest defeat of the season, matching the goal tally when they lost 4-0 to Crawley last October.
Goalkeeper Joe Murphy was on the starting line-up, replacing the injured Scott Davies who was stretchered off in Tranmere’s previous League 2 game against Mansfield Town. Peter Clarke took over the captaincy.
Cheltenham notched up three first-half goals which gave them a comfortable buffer before the hosts secured the three points with a Callum Wright strike early in the second half.
Things went wrong from the very start for Tranmere when, in the fourth minute, their failure to deal with a long throw from Ben Tozer lead to a Conor Thomas opener.
It was following another throw-in at the 14th minute which lead to Cheltenham’s second, when William Boyle touched a Callum Wright shot over the goal line.
David Nugent and Danny Lloyd came on for O’Connor and Keiron Morris, but the changes couldn’t help Tranmere find a way back into the game and looked to be struggling from the get-go.
Tranmere host Cambridge United on Easter Monday, 2 April for a 3pm kick-off in their next League 2 game.
Matt Hibbert’s thoughts…
An absolute disgrace of a performance away at Cheltenham as we are battered 4-0 live on Sky.
Every single player needs to take a long hard look at themselves after that, we look a million miles away from being a top 3 side, and can forget about promotion in a hurry unless we buck our ideas up immediately, starting with top of the table Cambridge at home on Monday.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 Cheltenham vTranmere podcast:
These fans express their opinion on today’s game…
20 Joshua Griffiths
15 William Boyle
4 Ben Tozer (C)
2 Sean Long
11 Matty Blair
3 Chris Hussey
23 Callum Wright
26 Liam Sercombe
7 Conor Thomas
10 Alfie May
9 Sam Smith
1 Scott Flinders
5 Charlie Raglan
18 Finn Azaz
28 Ellis Chapman
19 George Lloyd
29 Indiana Vassilev
14 Andy Williams
13 Joe Murphy
17 Otis Khan
18 Calum MacDonald
26 Peter Clarke (C)
21 George Ray
8 Jay Spearing
7 Kieron Morris
2 Lee O’Connor
19 Liam Feeney
22 Paul Lewis
14 Kaiyne Woolery
30 Ben Jones
4 Sid Nelson
3 Liam Ridehalgh
15 Alister Crawford
16 Nya Kirby
35 Danny Lloyd
28 David Nugent
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