Tranmere’s dismal start to the season continues

Tranmere visited Scunthorpe United this afternoon at Glanford Park for a 3pm kick-off, in their latest fixture of the 2021/22 League 2 season.

Before the match, Micky Mellon said, “I think you’ve got to approach the game understanding that there isn’t a great deal, if anything, between a lot of the teams in this division. Every time you play a game you have to work very hard to try and get a result, so if you go with that mentality in order to try and get a result, then you’ll be fine with that.”

“It’s when you start to have that other mentality, believing that you can turn up and get a result because of what’s happened before. You’ll soon come unstuck, there’s no doubt about that. So we’ve got to take care of what we do and make sure we’re the best versions of ourselves, put our chances away, keep getting the clean sheets and make sure we’re difficult to score against at the other end.”

Scunthorpe United 1 – Tranmere Rovers 0

An early penalty from Scunthorpe’s Myles Hippolyte’s earned the home team their first victory of the 2021/22 League Two season.

Struggling Tranmere, knocked out of the EFL Cup in the first round and with only one win this season were never a real threat to Scunthorpe.

Early on, Tranmere were penalised for a handball inside the box and Hippolyte’s fourth-minute spot-kick was a die-straight rocket down the middle. Keeper Joe Murphy manager to get a hand to it, but he could not keep it out.

Joe Murphy’s several great saves during the first half ensured Rovers’ margin of defeat was not even larger.

Scunthorpe had another chance at 34 minutes, when Devante Green penetrated the TRFC backline, to be denied by a great save from Murphy. The hosts won a corner, and from this, Harry Davis was denied by another fantastic Murphy stop.

Tranmere have scored only once in their four league games so far this season, compared to league leaders, Forest Green, who have placed the ball in the net 13 times – confirming the fact that a striker is sorely needed.

Rovers were gifted an opportunity to equalise when the ball landed at Dieseruvwe’s feet after a shot from Morris was deflected, but he just couldn’t get the ball under control to shoot. Scunthorpe easily held on for the win with the match ending 1-0 to the hosts.

Tranmere’s next game is at home to Hartlepool in their next League 2 fixture on Saturday, 4 September for a 3pm kick-off.

These fans express their opinion on today’s game…

Scunthorpe – Formation 3-5-1-1
1 Rory Watson GK
5 George Taft DF
6 Manny Onariase DF
24 Harry Davis (C) DF
12 Jai Rowe MF
16 Lewis Thompson MF
8 Alfie Beestin MF
11 Myles Hippolyte MF
23 Tom Pugh MF
19 Aaron Jarvis FW
7 Devarn Green FW

13 Tom Collins SUB
3 Mason O’Malley SUB
28 Dan Gallimore SUB
22 Finley Shrimpton SUB
20 Cameron Wilson SUB
15 Harry Jessop SUB
21 Tyrone O’Neill SUB

Neil Cox

Trevor Kettle

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-2-3-1
13 Joe Murphy GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Calum MacDonald DF
26 Peter Clarke (C) DF
4 Nathaniel Knight-Percival DF
8 Jay Spearing MF
14 Callum McManaman MF
10 Ryan Watson MF
11 Liam Feeney MF
16 Paul Glatzel MF
20 Elliott Nevitt FW

25 Ross Doohan SUB
5 Tom Davies SUB
23 Joseph Maguire SUB
17 Sam Foley SUB
6 Chris Merrie SUB
7 Kieron Morris SUB
9 Emmanuel Dieseruvwe SUB

Micky Mellon

Attendance: 2,737

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