Tranmere lose at Bradford

Tranmere visited Bradford City on Good Friday in their latest game of the League 2 season.

Match Report: Bradford City v Tranmere Rovers

Bradford City 2v0 Tranmere Rovers
Kavanagh (64′)
Pointon (69′)
Richards (64′)
Kavanagh (69′)
HT 0-0

Tranmere Rovers suffered a two-nil defeat against Bradford City at Valley Parade on Good Friday.

Nigel Adkins made three changes to the lineup from the previous encounter with Crawley last week, reintroducing Dan Pike, Harvey Saunders, and Tom Davies to the starting roster.

Rovers opened strongly, securing a couple of corners within the first three minutes, with Joe Yarney narrowly missing a header from the second corner.

Within seven minutes, Tranmere had another promising opportunity as the hosts inadvertently redirected the ball towards the advancing Luke Norris, yet the striker’s volley narrowly missed the target.

As the first half progressed, the hosts mounted some pressure of their own, prompting Luke McGee and Lee O’Connor to execute crucial blocks to maintain parity.

Harvey Saunders came close to giving Rovers the lead just five minutes before half-time with a deft backheel from a Dan Pike delivery, but Sam Walker managed to reach the bouncing effort in time.

McGee intervened again with a vital stop as the break approached, tipping over the bar a looping header from Calum Kavanagh while moving backwards, thus ensuring the score remained level at the interval.

Saunders nearly broke the deadlock ten minutes into the second half, only to be denied by a remarkable save from Walker, followed by Davies narrowly heading over the bar from the ensuing corner.

Shortly after, Bradford believed they had taken the lead courtesy of Tyler Smith, but the linesman flagged for offside.

However, the hosts did break the deadlock 64 minutes into the match, with Calum Kavanagh seizing upon a delivery from the Bradford left to slot home from close range.

They extended their advantage just five minutes later, as Bobby Pointon found the net from a similar position, placing the ball into the far corner.

In the final ten minutes, McGee was called into action with a crucial point-blank save from Smith, followed by O’Connor sliding in to clear the ball off the line.

Despite Tranmere applying pressure during stoppage time, Bradford managed to hold on for a two-goal triumph.

Tranmere host Colchester United on Monday, 1 April, for their next game of the 2023/24 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Credit: Tony Coombes/TRFC

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Post Match Interview


Bradford City– Formation 3-4-1-2
1 Sam Walker GK
18 Ciaran Kelly DF
5 Matthew Platt DF
22 Daniel Oyegoke DF
2 Brad Halliday MF
32 Lewis Richards MF
7 Jamie Walker MF
6 Richard Smallwood (C) MF
23 Bobby Pointon FW
14 Tyler Smith FW
8 Calum Kavanagh FW

13 Colin Doyle SUB
3 Liam Ridehalgh SUB
31 Jonathan Tomkinson SUB
39 Noah Wadsworth SUB
20 Harry Chapman SUB
12 Clarke Oduor SUB
36 Tyreik Wright SUB

Graham Alexander

Match Officials
Richie Watkins
Assistants: Kevin Mulraine and Simon Clayton
Fourth official: Jacob Lehane

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
1 Luke McGee GK
2 Lee O’Connor DF
24 Dan Pike DF
5 Tom Davies (C) DF
21 Josef Yarney DF
8 Regan Hendry MF
25 Robert Apter MF
18 Connor Jennings MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
19 Harvey Saunders FW
9 Luke Norris FW

13 Joe Murphy SUB
30 Jean Belehouan SUB
11 Josh Hawkes SUB
22 Paul Lewis SUB
16 Chris Merrie SUB
14 Kristian Dennis SUB
20 Samuel Taylor 65‎’‎ SUB

Nigel Adkins

Attendance: 18009

League 2 season attendance

2023/24 Total home attendance126741
2023/24 Total away attendance133736
2023/24 Total H&A attendance260477
2023/24 Average home attendance6337
2023/24 Average away attendance6368
2023/24 Average H&A attendance6353

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