Tranmere salvage draw against 10-man Bradford

Tranmere visited Bradford this afternoon for a 3pm kick-off in their latest game of the 2021/22 League 2 season.

Ahead of the game, Micky Mellon said, “We recognise that we need to do a bit better away from home, it’s something that we speak about and something that we can attack this weekend and put right because we know the value of trying to backup results at home because we’ve been good at home.

“We know that we need to try and get that all-important victory on the road.

“It should always be important that Tranmere win every game, so we’ll try and win every game.

“We haven’t adjusted the way we play at home to the way we play away because we know how well we can play at home so we want to try and continue it away from home. We’ll be looking to try and do that [on Friday].”

Match Report: Bradford City v Tranmere Rovers

Bradford City 1 v 1 Tranmere Rovers
Walker (19′)GoalsMcManaman (89′)
Hendrie (19′)AssistsHemmings (89′)
HT 1-0

Tranmere substitute Callum McManaman saved the day with an 89th minute equaliser at Valley Parade this afternoon.

The Bantams had dominated the opening stages of the game and went ahead through a 19th minute Jamie Walker header into the far corner of the net from a Luke Hendrie cross.

Just shy of the half-hour mark, Bradford lost Elliot Watt to a red card for a second bookable offence, the second coming just three minutes after the first. But, Tranmere simply could not create much benefit from the man-advantage.

Bradford were still in control and came close to doubling the score when Joe Murphy produced a fine save from a 20-yard Jamie Walker shot.

Tranmere did bounce back somewhat in the final minutes of the first half and both Sam Foley and Josh Dacres-Cogley saw headed efforts miss their target.

The second half was fairly even, despite Tranmere’s man advantage. Rovers’ keeper Murphy being kept on his toes for the rest of the game.

Calum McManaman salvaged a point for Tranmere in the 89th minute with a low drive just inside the far post.

Tranmere host Exeter City for a 3pm kick-off on Monday 18 April in their next League 2 fixture.

Bradford City – Formation 4-2-3-1
12 Alex Bass GK
27 Luke Hendrie DF
3 Liam Ridehalgh DF
6 Yann Songo’o DF
4 Paudie O’Connor (C) DF
18 Elliot Watt MF
28 Dion Pereira MF
11 Alex Gilliead MF
10 Jamie Walker MF
15 Charles Vernam MF
9 Andy Cook FW

1 Richard O’Donnell SUB
14 Matthew Foulds SUB
16 Fiacre Kelleher SUB
8 Callum Cooke SUB
17 Gareth Evans SUB
19 Lee Angol SUB
29 Caolan Lavery SUB

Mark Hughes

Match Officials
Carl Boyeson
Assistants: Gary Hilton and Declan Ford
Fourth official: Hristo Karaivanov

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-3-1-2
13 Joe Murphy GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
6 Chris Merrie DF
5 Tom Davies DF
26 Peter Clarke (C) DF
8 Jay Spearing MF
22 Lee O’Connor MF
17 Sam Foley MF
19 Lewis Warrington MF
10 Kane Hemmings FW
20 Elliott Nevitt FW

25 Ross Doohan SUB
4 Nathaniel Knight-Percival SUB
15 Josh Hawkes SUB
14 Callum McManaman SUB
12 Charlie Jolley SUB
18 Nicky Maynard SUB
21 Joshua McPake SUB

Micky Mellon

Attendance: 17257

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