Tranmere’s poor run continues at Newport

Tranmere visited Newport County this afternoon for a 3pm kick-off in their latest game of the 2021/22 League 2 season.

Ahead of the game and reflecting on recent form, Micky Mellon said, “I think we’re always trying to win the next game, I think you’ve always got to try and win the next game. It wouldn’t make any difference to us if we would’ve won on Saturday, we’d have been trying to win the next game.

“I think you always think you can do more, you’re always trying to do better. Something that we want to try and do is score more goals, but, we want to get the balance right to keep the clean sheets with that as well, it’s about getting the balance right.”

Match Report: Newport County v Tranmere Rovers

Newport County 4 v 2 Tranmere Rovers
Lewis (49′)
Telford (57′ pen, 90’+2)
Azaz (87′)
GoalsDacres-Cogley (65′)
Demetriou (84′ og)
Telford (49′)AssistsHemmings (65′)

Tranmere suffered another disappointing result this afternoon away to Newport County.

All six goals were scored during the eventful second half, the first being a right-footed shot from the left-hand side of the box by Aaron Lewis at 49 minutes.

Newport County made it 2-0 from the penalty spot with a left-footed shot straight down the centre from Dominic Telford.

Less than 10 minutes later, Tranmere pulled one back when a left-footed Josh Dacres-Cogley shot found the bottom left corner of Nick Townsend’s goal. It was another twenty minutes before there was any more goal action when Tranmere drew level through a Mickey Demetriou own goal at 84 minutes.

With just six minutes left on the clock, Tranmere fans would have been expecting a share of the points, but worse was yet to come.

At 87 minutes, Newport’s Finn Azaz scored a well executed goal from outside the box into the top right corner of Ross Doohan’s goal.

Just as it seemed to be all over, a couple of minutes into added time, Dominic Telford scored his second to secure all three points for Newport.

Tranmere sit at third in the table, but fourth-placed Exeter have three games in hand and are just two points behind Tranmere.

Newport County boss James Rowberry said after the game, “We should have had a few goals at half-time. I felt we controlled the game, with or without the ball. Delighted with the result, delighted with the performance, but we’ve got to park that now and go on to Tuesday [home against Forest Green Rovers], simple as that.”

Tranmere visit Northampton Town for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 5 March in their next League 2 fixture.

Newport County – Formation 4-1-3-2
30 Nick Townsend GK
2 Cameron Norman DF
14 Aaron Lewis DF
5 James Clarke DF
28 Mickey Demetriou (C) DF
17 Scot Bennett MF
7 Robbie Willmott MF
18 Finn Azaz MF
31 Oliver Cooper MF
11 Robert Street FW
19 Dominic Telford FW

1 Joe Day SUB
3 Ryan Haynes SUB
24 Jake Cain 36‎’‎ SUB
8 Matthew Dolan SUB
21 Lewis Collins SUB
12 Alex Fisher SUB
26 James Waite SUB

James Rowberry

Match Officials
Darren Drysdale
Assistants: Grant Taylor, Christopher Husband
Fourth official: Kevin Morris

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
25 Ross Doohan GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Calum MacDonald DF
5 Tom Davies DF
26 Peter Clarke (C) DF
19 Lewis Warrington MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
22 Lee O’Connor MF
15 Josh Hawkes MF
10 Kane Hemmings FW
20 Elliott Nevitt FW

13 Joe Murphy SUB
4 Nathaniel Knight-Percival SUB
17 Sam Foley SUB
14 Callum McManaman SUB
6 Chris Merrie SUB
12 Charlie Jolley SUB
21 Joshua McPake SUB

Micky Mellon

Attendance: TBC

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