Tranmere secure victory over Bradford City

Tranmere hosted Bradford City yesterday in their latest game of the League 2 season.

Match Report: Tranmere Rovers v Bradford City

Tranmere Rovers 2v1 Bradford City
Hendry (24′)
Morris (83′)
GoalsCook (55′)
Saunders (24′)
Jennings (83′)
AssistsHalliday (55′)
HT 1-0

Tranmere Rovers triumphed over Bradford City 2-1 on Tuesday evening, courtesy of strikes by Regan Hendry and Kieron Morris.

In the early stages, Bradford came close as Jamie Walker’s curling shot hit the post just five minutes into the game.

Five minutes later, Alex Pattison created an opportunity on the right side of the box for the visitors, but Luke McGee skillfully deflected the shot over the crossbar.

Walker received a precise pass, giving him a one-on-one opportunity, but McGee made a sharp save.

On the 21st minute, Rovers had an opportunity as Harvey Saunders attempted a volley following a corner routine, but it sailed over the bar and into the Cowshed.

Tranmere took the lead just three minutes later when Bradford’s goalkeeper, Harry Lewis, could only get a palm on Regan Hendry’s strike from outside the box before it crossed the goal line, resulting in the midfielder’s first goal of the season.

Bradford remained a constant threat, with their former Rovers forward Cook testing McGee with a header that required a quick reaction save seven minutes before half-time. However, Tranmere maintained their one-goal advantage as they headed into the break.

The visitors levelled the score at 55 minutes when Cook nodded a cross into the net.

Five minutes later, Jamie Walker attempted an acrobatic effort from the edge of the box, but it narrowly sailed over the crossbar.

On the 64th minute, Rovers were awarded a penalty when Saunders was brought down in the box. However, Lewis denied Josh Hawkes’ spot-kick with a fine save.

Ten minutes later, Joe Yarney came close with a header from a corner, but Lewis managed to grasp the ball.

Rovers restored their lead at the 83rd minute mark when Kieron Morris found the net in front of the Kop following a fluid sequence of play from the home team.

Tranmere ultimately held their ground to secure the win, marking back-to-back home victories.

Tranmere host Grimsby Town on Saturday 7 October for their next game of the 2023/24 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Credit: Tony Coombes (More to follow)

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Post Match Interview


Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-3-3
1 Luke McGee GK
2 Lee O’Connor DF
27 Connor Wood DF
5 Tom Davies (C) DF
21 Josef Yarney DF
4 Brad Walker MF
8 Regan Hendry MF
18 Connor Jennings MF
12 Charlie Jolley FW
11 Josh Hawkes FW
19 Harvey Saunders FW

13 Joe Murphy SUB
30 Jean Belehouan SUB
31 Joseph Starbuck SUB
25 Robert Apter SUB
7 Kieron Morris SUB
14 Kristian Dennis SUB
20 Samuel Taylor SUB

Nigel Adkins

Match Officials
Scott Oldham 
Assistants: Conor Brown & Alex Gray 
Fourth official: Paul Stonier

Bradford City – Formation 4-2-3-1
1 Harry Lewis GK
2 Brad Halliday DF
3 Liam Ridehalgh DF
5 Matthew Platt DF
15 Sam Stubbs (C) DF
10 Alex Pattison MF
22 Daniel Oyegoke MF
26 Kevin McDonald MF
7 Jamie Walker MF
33 Adam Wilson MF
9 Andy Cook FW

13 Colin Doyle SUB
18 Ciaran Kelly SUB
31 Jonathan Tomkinson SUB
11 Alex Gilliead SUB
6 Richard Smallwood SUB
14 Tyler Smith SUB
34 Rayhaan Tulloch SUB

Mark Hughes

Attendance: 5672

League 2 season attendance

2023/24 Total home attendance39722
2023/24 Total away attendance29807
2023/24 Total H&A attendance69529
2023/24 Average home attendance6620
2023/24 Average away attendance5961
2023/24 Average H&A attendance6291

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