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Tranmere hosted Scunthorpe this afternoon for a 3pm kick-off, in their latest fixture of the 2021/22 League 2 season.
Ahead of the game, manager Micky Mellon said, “I’ve known for a couple of weeks that it was potentially going to go the way that it’s gone. I had a good conversation with him, and I get on really well with him. I’ve known him for a long, long time.
“It’s not sad news, I don’t look at it like that. He’s had a terrific career. He’s done brilliant for me, and for every club that he’s played at. It’s now a career he needs to celebrate, and he can look back on with great pride.
“The exciting part is that he’s still a young man, and he can move onto the next stage in his life. It’s obviously disappointing that he’s had to finish playing football through injury, but he’s 33 and had a terrific career.
“If you offered him the career he’s had at the start, he’d have bit your hand off for that. He’s achieved so much in his career. He can look back now, and really enjoy those memories.
“Sometimes, when you get to a stage in your career, when injuries aren’t healing or not getting any better, then there’s the risk of only more damage. Then you just have to make an honest call on it.”
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Tranmere’s run now extends to six league wins on the trot following this afternoon’s thumping win over Scunthorpe at Prenton Park.
Rovers moved up to second in the league following with goals from Jolley, Nevitt, Foley, and Watson securing the three points against struggling Scunthorpe.
A 24th-minute volley from Jolley curled beyond Scunthorpe keeper, Rory Watson. A few minutes later, a half-volley from Nevitt found the top corner to make it two before the break.
The second half belonged to Tranmere substitutes Foley and Watson. Foley made it three with an assist by Spearing at 75 minutes with a left-footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal.
Substitute Ryan Watson was on the pitch for under two minutes when he sealed victory with a right-footed shot from the right side of the six-yard box to the bottom right corner.
Today proved to be a miserable return to Prenton Park for former boss Keith Hill.
Scunthorpe started well enough but simply struggled to make a dent in the Tranmere defence.
The scoreline finished 4-0 with Tranmere getting another convincing win at Prenton Park.
Tranmere visit Salford for a 7:45pm kick-off on Tuesday 11 January in their next League 2 fixture.
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Four goals. Three points. Clean sheet.Enjoy your weekend!#TRFC #SWA— Tranmere Rovers FC (@TranmereRovers) January 8, 2022
Four goals. Three points. Clean sheet.Enjoy your weekend!#TRFC #SWA
⚽️ FULL TIME The points stay in Birkenhead.(TRANMERE 4-0 IRON) #UTI #IRON pic.twitter.com/7do6zfnq0h— Scunthorpe United FC (@SUFCOfficial) January 8, 2022
⚽️ FULL TIME The points stay in Birkenhead.(TRANMERE 4-0 IRON) #UTI #IRON pic.twitter.com/7do6zfnq0h
Yessss come on boys @TranmereRovers I can feel a promotion party happening we got this boys ❤️— Emma Louise Stirling (@stirling_emma) January 8, 2022
Yessss come on boys @TranmereRovers I can feel a promotion party happening we got this boys ❤️
Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-225 Ross Doohan GK2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF3 Calum MacDonald DF26 Peter Clarke (C) DF5 Tom Davies DF8 Jay Spearing MF99 Joshua McPake MF22 Lee O’Connor MF11 Liam Feeney MF20 Elliott Nevitt FW12 Charlie Jolley FW
Substitutes13 Joe Murphy SUB24 Kyle Hayde SUB23 Joseph Maguire SUB17 Sam Foley SUB10 Ryan Watson SUB16 Paul Glatzel SUB
Scunthorpe United – Formation 4-1-2-1-21 Rory Watson GK7 Devarn Green DF3 Mason O’Malley DF24 Harry Davis DF5 George Taft (C) DF12 Jai Rowe MF23 Tom Pugh MF26 Hayden Hackney MF28 Dan Gallimore MF11 Myles Hippolyte FW17 Harry Bunn FW
Substitutes31 Thomas Bilson SUB2 Ross Millen SUB8 Alfie Beestin SUB4 Alex Kenyon SUB38 Harry Lewis SUB30 Sam Burns SUB19 Aaron Jarvis SUB