Tranmere in disappointing draw with Oldham

Tranmere most recently defeated League One Oxford United on Tuesday to set up a final at Wembley with Sunderland in the Papa John’s EFL Trophy.

With regards to league form, Rovers have won five and lost once in the previous six games and find themselves well placed at 6th in the division.

Oldham Athletic, managed by Harry Kewell, last played on Tuesday night against Forest Green Rovers in a 4-3 defeat at the New Lawn.

Match Report – EFL Trophy – Tranmere Rovers 2, Oldham Athletic 2

Oldham Athletic led from a Davis Keillor-Dunn goal before the clock had even reached two minutes. After a zig-zaggy run through Rovers’ defence, he calmly slotted the ball home.

Tranmere came close to an equaliser at 32 minutes, when Vaughan hit a powerful half volley from the edge of the box, with Ian Lawler only able to push it away. Woolery was quickest to react to the rebound, but the Oldham defence managed to scramble the ball clear.

The Latics’ goalkeeper was in fine form in the first period. Tranmere had a golden opportunity to draw level when Vaughan was tripped by Harrison Clarke in the penalty box, but unfortunately, Rovers’ top goal scorer failed to capitalise, with Lawler making a fine save.

Vaughan redeemed himself before the break though, as Calum McDonald played a neat one-two with Keiron Morris before Vaughan brought the score level from 18 yards.

The visitors had a poor start to the second half when Sido Jombati was handed a second yellow card for a foul on Kaiyne Woolery, reducing Oldham to 10 men.

Tranmere made the man advantage work for them within seconds as Liam Feeney’s cross fell to Woolery for the easiest of tap-ins.

Dylan Bahamboula’s late strike, 12 minutes from time, earned 10-man Oldham a point from a 2-2 draw with Tranmere, which will leave the boys in white disappointed.

Matt Hibbert’s thoughts…

Bitterly disappointing result considering they were down to 10 men for the whole second half.

We’ve got to take our chances and kill these games off, we should’ve been out of sight 3 or 4-1 up.

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

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These fans express their opinion on today’s game …

Tranmere Rovers
1 Scott Davies (C)
2 Lee O’Connor
18 Calum MacDonald
26 Peter Clarke
6 Emmanuel Monthe
8 Jay Spearing
7 Kieron Morris
22 Paul Lewis
9 James Vaughan
19 Liam Feeney
14 Kaiyne Woolery

13 Joe Murphy
21 George Ray
3 Liam Ridehalgh
11 Corey Taylor
15 Alister Crawford
16 Nya Kirby
28 David Nugent

Keith Hill

Sebastian Stockbridge

Oldham Athletic
1 Ian Lawlor
23 Nicky Adams (C)
20 Andrea Badan
4 Sido Jombati
2 Harry Clarke
21 Marcel Hilßner
24 Dylan Bahamboula
10 Davis Keillor-Dunn
25 Alfie McCalmont
18 Conor McAleny
17 Serhat Tasdemir

33 Laurence Bilboe
22 Raphael Diarra
15 Kyle Jameson
8 Callum Whelan
26 Marcus Barnes
7 George Blackwood
34 Harry Vaughan

Harry Kewell