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Tranmere Rovers 2-2 Stevenage

Defender Michael Ihiekwe left it late to redeem an early error as Tranmere salvaged a 2-2 draw with Stevenage.

The 21-year-old gifted the visitors the lead when he deflected Charlie Adams' cross into his own net in the 14th minute before scoring an equaliser in the sixth minute of injury time.

Lee Barnard had made it 2-0 for Stevenage when he ran on to keeper Chris Day's long ball.

Steven Jennings had triggered the comeback with a strike from long range.

Stevenage Manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Stevenage boss Graham Westley on Tranmere draw

"We talked about home advantage in the week and what it can do. So these decisions make a big difference to a game and they've affected things again today no question about it.

"When we had our starting 11 on the pitch we looked strong, solid and organised; it was almost back to the Stevenage of old.

"It was a shame to lose Beardo (Chris Beardsley) because our shape had to change and then it was a shame to lose (Dean) Ashton as well, if he was on the pitch that header gets won at the end and we win 2-1 anyway.

"In the end when all is said and done, Tranmere is not an easy place to come to. They've got a decent home crowd, it's a passionate football heartland and I'm sure they won't be at the bottom of this league for very long."

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Williams
  • 19Donacien
  • 5Ihiekwe
  • 6Holness
  • 2HolmesSubstituted forRichardsat 71'minutes
  • 14Laird
  • 22JenningsBooked at 45mins
  • 4Power
  • 30GnanduilletBooked at 82mins
  • 9OdejayiSubstituted forDonnellyat 71'minutes
  • 31JohnsonSubstituted forRidehalghat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 7Donnelly
  • 10Richards
  • 11Bell-Baggie
  • 15Kirby
  • 20Ramsbottom
  • 32Thompson

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 25Henry
  • 5AshtonSubstituted forDeaconat 76'minutes
  • 19WellsBooked at 82mins
  • 9Charles
  • 22Lee
  • 7WhelpdaleBooked at 19mins
  • 12McAllister
  • 37BarnardBooked at 90mins
  • 49AdamsSubstituted forOkimoat 63'minutes
  • 20BeardsleySubstituted forWaltonat 26'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Beasant
  • 8Walton
  • 11Pett
  • 23Okimo
  • 34Deacon
  • 46Jebb
  • 50Clarke
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
5,456

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, Stevenage 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, Stevenage 2.

Foul by Eliot Richards (Tranmere Rovers).

Lee Barnard (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 2, Stevenage 2. Michael Ihiekwe (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Michael Ihiekwe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Barnard (Stevenage).

Attempt missed. Armand Gnanduillet (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Dean Wells.

Attempt saved. Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Max Power (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David McAllister (Stevenage).

Eliot Richards (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage).

Booking

Dean Wells (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Armand Gnanduillet (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Armand Gnanduillet (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Armand Gnanduillet (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Max Power (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Barnard (Stevenage).

Attempt saved. Armand Gnanduillet (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Roarie Deacon replaces Jon Ashton.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Darius Charles.

George Donnelly (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darius Charles (Stevenage).

Marcus Holness (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Eliot Richards replaces Danny Holmes.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. George Donnelly replaces Kayode Odejayi.

Attempt missed. Janoi Donacien (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Stevenage 2. Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Ronnie Henry.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 0, Stevenage 2. Lee Barnard (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Jerome Okimo replaces Charlie Adams.

Janoi Donacien (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simon Walton (Stevenage).

Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David McAllister (Stevenage).

goal

As It Stood

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1Wycombe1695223121132
2Luton169431911831
3Shrewsbury1693425121330
4Bury169342617930
5Burton169252120129
6Plymouth16835189927
7Southend167451614225
8Newport166642016424
9Portsmouth166551816223
10Morecambe167271817123
11Exeter166551919023
12Accrington167272427-323
13Cheltenham166461518-322
14Cambridge166372620621
15Northampton166372523221
16Stevenage166372124-321
17Wimbledon165562225-320
18Mansfield165471419-519
19Oxford Utd164481823-516
20York162951420-615
21Dag & Red164391927-815
22Carlisle164392030-1015
23Tranmere162681522-712
24Hartlepool1633101227-1512
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