Tranmere suffer defeat at home to Crawley Town

Tranmere hosted Crawley Town on Saturday afternoon in their latest game of the League 2 season.

Ahead of the game, Nigel Adkins said, “It’s going to be a tough game. We know, and I think the fans need to appreciate this as well, they are a very, very good possession-based side. They’re fighting for the play-off positions as well.

“They’re on a good run, I think they’ve won four of their last five games, but they play out from the back, they play through, they’re a threat up front, they overload areas, they’re very good at what they do, and they’re exciting to watch.

Match Report: Tranmere Rovers v Crawley Town

Tranmere Rovers 1v3 Crawley Town
Norris (21′)GoalsKelly (2′)
Williams (10′)
Orsi (79′)
Apter (21′)AssistsWright (2′)
Adeyemo (79′)
HT 1-2

Tranmere Rovers succumbed to a 3-1 home loss against Crawley Town on Saturday afternoon.

There was only one change to the starting lineup from last week’s Wrexham fixture as Kieron Morris made a return to the starting lineup in place of Harvey Saunders.

Crawley swiftly seized the lead within two minutes, with Jeremy Kelly slotting the ball into the far corner from the right flank.

Expanding their lead further, the visitors scored again in the 10th minute, as Jay Williams tapped the ball in at the far post from a corner kick.

Crawley appeared to secure a third goal six minutes later as Danilo Orsi found the net, but the referee halted play due to a foul in the build-up.

Tranmere Rovers seized a promising counterattack opportunity, with Luke Norris advancing towards Corey Addai’s goal, but the visiting goalkeeper made a crucial low save.

On the 21st minute mark, Tranmere narrowed the deficit as Norris capitalized on a cross from the right, beating his marker to slot home.

Kieron Morris demonstrated agility on the left flank for Rovers, delivering several crosses towards Norris in the first half, but Crawley effectively nullified the threat.

With five minutes remaining until the break, Morris emerged on the right after a corner, delivering a ball for Norris, whose attempt narrowly missed the crossbar, leaving the visitors ahead by one goal.

Rovers commenced the second half with vigour, nearly equalising through Rob Apter, who evaded three defenders but skewed his shot wide.

There were appeals for a penalty shortly after as Connor Jennings’ shot got blocked, but the referee dismissed them and allowed play to continue.

Substitute Reece McAlear then came close to replicating his impressive free kick from Tuesday’s Liverpool Senior Cup game, but this time his effort drifted just wide of the mark.

On the 65th minute, Connor Jennings had a promising opportunity following a swift breakaway initiated by Apter, but his powerful shot ricocheted off a defender.

With fourteen minutes remaining, despite sustained pressure from Tranmere, Crawley increased their tally to three goals with a strike from Danilo Orsi at the centre of the goal.

In the dying moments, Tranmere pushed forward with increased numbers, yet the visitors remained resolute in defence, securing their 3-1 victory.

Tranmere visit Bradford City on Friday, 29 March, for their next game of the 2023/24 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Credit: Tony Coombes/TRFC

Fans’ X/Twitter Reaction

Post Match Interview


Tranmere Rovers– Formation 4-4-2
1 Luke McGee GK
2 Lee O’Connor DF
27 Connor Wood DF
21 Josef Yarney DF
6 Jordan Turnbull DF
4 Brad Walker MF
25 Robert Apter MF
8 Regan Hendry MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
9 Luke Norris FW
18 Connor Jennings (C) FW

13 Joe Murphy SUB
11 Josh Hawkes SUB
23 Reece McAlear SUB
16 Chris Merrie SUB
14 Kristian Dennis SUB
19 Harvey Saunders SUB
20 Samuel Taylor SUB

Nigel Adkins

Match Officials
Stephen Parkinson
Assistants: Kenwyn Hughes and Paul Stonier
Fourth official: Scott Simpson

Crawley Town – Formation 3-4-3
1 Corey Addai GK
6 Laurence Maguire DF
20 Joy Mukena DF
30 Will Wright DF
2 Kellan Gordon MF
14 Harry Forster MF
26 Jay Williams (C) MF
8 Klaidi Lolos MF
9 Danilo Orsi-Dadomo FW
10 Ronan Darcy FW
19 Jeremy Kelly FW

13 Ryan Sandford SUB
5 Harry Ransom SUB
25 Nick Tsaroulla SUB
27 Rafiq Khaleel SUB
11 Jack Roles SUB
22 Ade Adeyemo SUB
28 Adam Campbell SUB

Scott Lindsey

Attendance: 5829

League 2 season attendance

2023/24 Total home attendance126741
2023/24 Total away attendance115727
2023/24 Total H&A attendance242468
2023/24 Average home attendance6337
2023/24 Average away attendance5786
2023/24 Average H&A attendance6062

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