Tranmere hosted Bradford City this evening for a 7:45pm kick-off in their latest fixture in the 2022/23 League Two season.
The fixture is the first since the news of the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II and both players and staff marked the occasion with multiple marks of respect including black armbands and holding a minute’s silence.
The club said that the minute’s silence and National Anthem were ‘impeccably observed’ by all fans at Prenton Park.
Football at all levels was cancelled last weekend including Stockport County’s scheduled visit to Prenton Park on Friday.
Match Report: Tranmere Rovers v Bradford City
|Tranmere Rovers 1||v||2 Bradford City|
|Hemmings (49′)||Goals||Cook (3′, 75′)|
|Lewis (49′)||Assists||Smallwood (3′)|
Tranmere’s lacklustre performance earned them defeat at the hands of Bradford City this evening at Prenton Park.
As the lineup was announced, many fans were baffled by the 5-3-2 formation – hardly the goal-getting set-up they wanted and expected.
The fans’ concerns were immediately justified, when just three minutes after the whistle, a corner by Richard Smallwood was headed in from very close range by Andy Cook, leaving Tranmere keeper Doohan flailing and failing to stop the ball. The five-man defence was nowhere to be seen.
It was a full 35 minutes into the game before Rovers had a chance at goal, but Elliott Nevitt failed to keep his shot on target and it missed to the left. This proved to be one of only two Tranmere attempts on goal in the first half.
At 45 minutes, a left-footed shot from Josh Dacres-Cogley was blocked.
Relief came just short of five minutes into the second half, when right-footed shot from the centre of the box from Kane Hemmings found the back of the net, drawing Tranmere level.
Hopes that a reveille was on the cards were raised when three minutes after his goal, Hemmings had another attempt, but this time, his shot went high and wide to the right. And a minute later, another Hemmings shot hit the right hand post.
Elliott Nevitt glanced a header wide from the centre of the box at 65 minutes and at 73 minutes, Reece McAlear’s left-footed shot from outside the box was too high.
Andy Cook scored again for Bradford at 75 minutes with his second headed goal of the game.
Paul Lewis and Jake Burton each had a stab at goal, but their efforts were fruitless. The match ended with a win for Bradford and major disappointment for the home fans.
Tranmere visit Salford City on Saturday 17 September for a 3pm kick off in their next game of the League Two season.
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Post Match Interviews
Tranmere Rovers – Formation 5-3-2
1 Ross Doohan GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Ethan Bristow DF
26 Dynel Simeu DF
14 Jordan Turnbull DF
19 Neill Byrne DF
8 Reece McAlear MF
4 Lee O’Connor MF
22 Paul Lewis MF
10 Kane Hemmings (C) FW
20 Elliott Nevitt FW
23 Mateusz Hewelt SUB
15 Ben Hockenhull SUB
11 Josh Hawkes SUB
17 Rhys Hughes SUB
6 Chris Merrie SUB
27 Jake Burton SUB
9 Paul Glatzel SUB
Referee: Adam Herczeg
Assistants: Andrew Hendley and Mark Jones
Fourth official: Nik Barnard
Bradford City – Formation 4-2-3-1
1 Harry Lewis GK
2 Brad Halliday DF
14 Matthew Foulds DF
5 Matthew Platt DF
24 Romoney Crichlow-Noble DF
11 Alex Gilliead MF
20 Harry Chapman MF
6 Richard Smallwood (C) MF
21 Jake Young MF
26 Dion Pereira MF
9 Andy Cook FW
13 Colin Doyle SUB
15 Timi Odusina SUB
4 Yann Songo’o SUB
18 Levi Sutton SUB
23 Kian Harratt SUB
19 Vadaine Oliver SUB
32 Tyreik Wright SUB
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