Tranmere’s poor run continues with loss to Wrexham

Tranmere hosted Wrexham this afternoon in their latest game of the League 2 season.

Match Report: Tranmere Rovers v Wrexham

Tranmere Rovers 0v1 Wrexham
GoalsHayden (56‎’)‎
AssistsO’Connor (56′)
HT 0-0

Tranmere Rovers succumbed to a 1-0 loss to Wrexham at Prenton Park, following a second-half header by Aaron Hayden.

Luke McGee shone in the opening period, delivering crucial saves to deny players such as Sam Dalby and James McClean.

Nevertheless, Hayden scored with a header from a corner just ten minutes into the second half, granting the visitors the advantage.

Both teams had opportunities to score in the opening two minutes. Kieron Morris lofted the ball over the bar, while Luke Young’s powerful strike ricocheted off his teammate Ollie Palmer and went wide.

The visitors dominated early possession. Following several corners, their most promising opportunity came to Palmer, who fired a volley over the bar from inside the box.

Ryan Barnett produced a skilful cross, but no one capitalised on it. Tranmere responded with a close call from Josh Hawkes, missing Kristian Dennis.

20 minutes in, Palmer manoeuvred past three defenders and set up Dalby, who was thwarted by McGee up close.

The birthday boy swiftly blocked McClean’s shot after a quick counter. Meanwhile, Mark Howard easily caught Dennis’ angled attempt.

As the half neared its end, Hawkes tried a long-range effort, curving wide of the far post.

Dalby nearly gave the visitors the lead just after halftime, with his header narrowly missing the post. Nonetheless, on 56 minutes, Wrexham took the lead as Hayden headed in from a corner.

Dan Pike’s long-range shot missed the target as Rovers looked for a comeback. Morris delivered a cross from the right, but Tom Davies couldn’t reach it in time.

It was almost a second goal as Palmer mishit McClean’s pass into McGee’s gloves. However, with 20 minutes remaining, Tranmere pressed for an equalizer as substitute Sam Taylor tested Howard’s reflexes.

As time passed, Taylor had a clear run but couldn’t get past the advancing goalkeeper.

Rovers failed to find a goal, and the full-time whistle blew after an additional six minutes, securing the points for Wrexham.

Tranmere visit Fleetwood Town in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday 5 September and visit Colchester United on Saturday 9 September for their next game of the 2023/24 League Two season.

Match Highlights

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Credit: Tony Coombes

Fans’ Twitter Reaction

Post Match Interview

Ian Dawes says “everyone is going to be hurting today” after his side’s defeat at the hands of Wrexham.

“It hurts us today. The fans, the staff, the players, everyone’s going to be hurting today. 

“It wasn’t just about a game of football today. We walk away gutted, we’ll be gutted tonight and tomorrow but come Monday morning, we’re focused on the next game, the players know that. We’re focused on the game on Tuesday.

“We knew going into the game it was two teams with two completely different styles of play. 

“We knew when we prepped that Wrexham were going to be a big physical side who go very direct and play for long throws and corners and we knew they would try and be relentless with that, going into the game we knew we had to manage it with first and second contacts.

“First contacts we were okay with today, it was more the second contacts. We won some, but not enough today and it didn’t give us enough control of the game in spells.”


Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-3-3
1 Luke McGee GK
21 Josef Yarney DF
24 Dan Pike DF
5 Tom Davies (C) DF
6 Jordan Turnbull DF
16 Chris Merrie MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
8 Regan Hendry MF
18 Connor Jennings FW
14 Kristian Dennis FW
11 Josh Hawkes FW

13 Joe Murphy SUB
22 Paul Lewis SUB
23 Reece McAlear SUB
4 Brad Walker SUB
12 Charlie Jolley SUB
9 Luke Norris SUB
20 Samuel Taylor SUB

Ian Dawes

Match Officials
Martin Woods
Assistants: Jake Topp and Daniel Robinson
Fourth official: Matt Corlett

Wrexham – Formation 3-5-2
21 Mark Howard GK
25 William Boyle DF
4 Ben Tozer DF
5 Aaron Hayden DF
29 Ryan Barnett MF
23 James McClean MF
22 Thomas O’Connor MF
38 Elliot Lee MF
8 Luke Young (C) MF
9 Ollie Palmer FW
18 Sam Dalby FW

31 Luke McNicholas SUB
19 Jacob Mendy SUB
15 Eoghan O’Connell SUB
20 Andrew Cannon SUB
12 George Evans SUB
14 Anthony Forde SUB
27 Jake Bickerstaff SUB

Phil Parkinson

Attendance: 10614

League 2 season attendance

2023/24 Total home attendance28070
2023/24 Total away attendance16005
2023/24 Total H&A attendance44075
2023/24 Average home attendance7018
2023/24 Average away attendance8003
2023/24 Average H&A attendance7510

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