Tranmere suffer third defeat in four games

Tranmere visited Rochdale this afternoon at the Spotland Stadium for a 3pm kick-off, in their latest fixture of the 2021/22 League 2 season.

Micky Mellon’s side returned to winning ways last week, as Tom Davies’ late header secured Rovers a 1-0 win over Hartlepool.

Rochdale 1 – Tranmere Rovers 0

An 84th-minute goal from Danny Cashman secured three points for Rochdale as they beat Rovers 1-0 at the Spotland Stadium this afternoon.

The Dale had the first chance of the game at the 10-minute mark when Jake Beesley forced a save from Joe Murphy with a shot that was heading for the top corner.

Shortly after, Tranmere’s 1449 fans who travelled to Rochdale nearly saw their side take the lead as Josh Hawkes curled an effort that ricocheted off Rochdale’s far post, before being cleared to safety.

Tom Davies and Nathaniel Knight-Percival were forced to deal with dangerous crosses into the Tranmere box, as the first half ended without any goals.

Elliott Nevitt struck a right footed shot from a cross by Josh Dacres-Cogleyfrom the centre of the Rochdale box, but was denied a place on the scoresheet

The game was then stopped for several minutes when Tranmere keeper, Joe Murphy, received treatment after a collision with Peter Clarke. Murphy was stretchered off, to be replaced between the sticks by Ross Doohan.

Rochdale kept the pressure on throughout the second half, and Tranmere failed to make any real progress in the Dale half.

However, at 80 minutes Rovers had two attempts on goal, the first being a header from the centre of the box by Peter Clarke and the second being a left-footed shot from Kieren Morris, both of which were blocked.

Tranmere went behind at 84 minutes when substitute Danny Cashman slotted a right footed shot from the centre of the box into the bottom right corner of Doohan’s net.

Tranmere host Salford City in their next League 2 fixture on Saturday 18 September for a 3pm kick-off.

These fans express their opinion on today’s game…

Rochdale AFC – Formation 3-4-3
33 Joel Coleman GK
12 Jeriel Dorsett DF
6 Eoghan O’Connell (C) DF
5 Max Taylor DF
2 Corey O’Keeffe MF
13 Jimmy Keohane MF
7 Stephen Dooley MF
8 Aaron Morley MF
9 Jake Beesley FW
10 Alex Newby FW
18 Abraham Odoh FW

1 Jay Lynch SUB
4 Jimmy McNulty SUB
11 Conor Grant SUB
23 Liam Kelly SUB
19 Josh Andrews SUB
20 Danny Cashman SUB
16 Matt Done SUB

Robbie Stockdale

Charles Breakspear

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 5-3-2
13 Joe Murphy GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
7 Kieron Morris DF
4 Nathaniel Knight-Percival DF
26 Peter Clarke (C) DF
5 Tom Davies DF
10 Ryan Watson MF
8 Jay Spearing MF
15 Josh Hawkes MF
14 Callum McManaman FW
20 Elliott Nevitt FW

25 Ross Doohan SUB
21 Mark Duffy SUB
11 Liam Feeney SUB
17 Sam Foley SUB
16 Paul Glatzel SUB
18 Nicky Maynard SUB
19 Stephen Walker SUB

Mickey Mellon

Attendance: 4877

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