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Tranmere hosted Barrow today for a 3pm kick-off in their latest fixture in the 2022/23 League Two season.
Ahead of the game, Micky Mellon said, “The tough thing about football is that you quickly have to move on and get on with it. Quite quickly after the last game, you’re preparing for the next one and getting the team recovered and ready for the next one.
“We’ve got people in the team doing their jobs well, it’s all about the players. The players have roles to do and it’s up to them to go and perform and that’s how you get clean sheets and win games.
“There’s still a lot to do, of course. We have talented players in the building, they’re still learning about each other and the staff are still learning about them. They’re showing the consistency at the minute, right the way through the team but there’s still a lot of room for growth.
“The players have done a lot of resting this week because we’ve just had a busy spell and we’re about to go into another one so you have to get the balance and intensity right. It has been good for the group to have a mental and physical breather when needed.”
Match Report: Tranmere Rovers v Barrow
A 25th-minute Josh Hawkes goal earned Tranmere victory over Barrow at Prenton Park this afternoon.
The first 20 minutes was a little cagey from both sides, but Kieren Morris found Hawkes with a fine wide ball and Hawkes fired a low strike across the goal, beating Barrow keeper, Paul Farman in the bottom corner of his net.
Tranmere’s confidence grew following Hawkes’ goal, but despite another attempt at goal from Hawkes and a crack at goal from Elliott Nevitt, as the whistle blew for half time, the score remained 1-0 for the hosts.
The second half started at a fast pace and just one minute in, Barrow defender George Ray headed over Tranmere’s bar from the centre of the box following a corner.
Then it was Rovers’ turn to turn on the pressure. Efforts from Elliott Nevitt and Kane Hemmings were both denied and just a couple of minutes later, Jordan Turnbull’s header was saved – but Tranmere were clearly in control.
Tireless Nevitt had another attempt at the 70 minute mark, when his shot from outside the box struck the post. A further effort from Nevitt eight minutes later was blocked, denying him the chance to add his name to the scoresheet.
Dynel Simeu saw both of his headed efforts at 80 and 85 minutes fail to find the back of the net, but will do nothing to harm his reputation and admiration of Tranmere fans.
The single Hawkes goal proved to be enough for the hosts, who recorded not only the win, but also a sixth clean sheet in nine matches.
Tranmere host Leeds United U21s on Tuesday 4 October for a 7pm kick off in the EFL Trophy. Their next game of the League Two season is away to Sutton United on Saturday 8 October.
Fans’ Twitter Reaction
Is it acceptable to sing Tranmere songs while on a hen party with a group of girls who have probably never heard of Tranmere? 🙃— Trisha (@tranmeretrish1) October 1, 2022
Is it acceptable to sing Tranmere songs while on a hen party with a group of girls who have probably never heard of Tranmere? 🙃
Dynel Simeu and Jordan Turnbull. Phwoooar pic.twitter.com/cH2BbxnteY— Ian Reynolds (@Ian_Reynolds87) October 1, 2022
Dynel Simeu and Jordan Turnbull. Phwoooar pic.twitter.com/cH2BbxnteY
Guys… mark my words, we’re getting promoted this season!MICKY MELLON’S SU WHITE ARMY!!! 🔵⚪️#TRFC #SWA— Phil Duong #WeStandWithUkraine 🇺🇦 (@philipduong) October 1, 2022
Guys… mark my words, we’re getting promoted this season!MICKY MELLON’S SU WHITE ARMY!!! 🔵⚪️#TRFC #SWA
Any chance of me scoring?!!!😤🤧 Great result another clean sheet! Fans were class once again! Let’s not take our foot off the gas now! #SWA @TranmereRovers 💚 https://t.co/qgzH7gjXF2— Dynel Simeu (@dynel_simeu) October 1, 2022
Any chance of me scoring?!!!😤🤧 Great result another clean sheet! Fans were class once again! Let’s not take our foot off the gas now! #SWA @TranmereRovers 💚 https://t.co/qgzH7gjXF2
Simeu mate… doing laps of honour like we’ve just won the playoffs 😂 get in!!! #trfc #swa— Steve G (@SteveGrundy15) October 1, 2022
Simeu mate… doing laps of honour like we’ve just won the playoffs 😂 get in!!! #trfc #swa
We've got the best back four in the division, we've got the best full backs in the division, we've got a midfield starting to blend and a strike partnership hungry for more goals.The only way is up ✊ #TRFC #SWA #VivaLosBlancos #ForzaBirkenhead— Mike (@Mike1884_) October 1, 2022
We've got the best back four in the division, we've got the best full backs in the division, we've got a midfield starting to blend and a strike partnership hungry for more goals.The only way is up ✊ #TRFC #SWA #VivaLosBlancos #ForzaBirkenhead
Post Match Interviews
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Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-21 Ross Doohan GK2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF3 Ethan Bristow DF26 Dynel Simeu DF14 Jordan Turnbull DF4 Lee O’Connor MF7 Kieron Morris MF6 Chris Merrie MF11 Josh Hawkes MF20 Elliott Nevitt FW10 Kane Hemmings (C) FW
Substitutes23 Mateusz Hewelt SUB19 Neill Byrne SUB17 Rhys Hughes SUB22 Paul Lewis SUB8 Reece McAlear SUB16 Jon Nolan SUB27 Jake Burton SUB
Match OfficialsReferee: Sam PurkissAssistants: Danny Gratton and Alex GrayFourth official: James Bell
Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-3-31 Paul Farman GK21 Tyrell Warren DF3 Patrick Brough DF25 George Ray DF6 Niall Canavan (C) DF16 Sam Foley MF14 Harrison Neal MF15 Robbie Gotts MF10 Josh Gordon FW34 Ben Whitfield FW13 Tom White FW
Substitutes12 Josh Lillis SUB20 Myles Kenlock SUB5 Sam McClelland SUB8 Solomon Nwabuokei SUB35 Jordan Stevens SUB23 David Moyo SUB
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