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Tranmere Rovers 2-1 Northampton Town

Tranmere climbed out of the League Two relegation zone thanks to substitute Jake Kirby's second-half winner against fellow strugglers Northampton.

The hosts took the lead when Kayode Odejayi converted low at the front post for his first league goal for the club.

Marc Richards levelled before the break after good work by Joel Byrom.

But Tranmere regained the lead when Kirby curled home after a one-two with Max Power, inflicting a fifth straight league loss on the visitors.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Wilder on Northampton v Tranmere

"We're a team down at the bottom of the league and the table doesn't lie.

"I've told some of the players that they are free to go. Some of their agents have done outstanding jobs to get them contracts here.

"We're trying everything, but ultimately losing five games in a row, I understand the nature of the business."

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Williams
  • 19Donacien
  • 6Holness
  • 32Thompson
  • 2Holmes
  • 4Power
  • 22Jennings
  • 23ShukerSubstituted forKirbyat 62'minutes
  • 14Laird
  • 9OdejayiSubstituted forStocktonat 45'minutes
  • 28FenelonSubstituted forMadjoat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Bell-Baggie
  • 12Rowe
  • 15Kirby
  • 16Stockton
  • 26Brezovan
  • 30Jahraldo-Martin
  • 33Madjo

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2Alfei
  • 6Collins
  • 16DiamondSubstituted forLangmeadat 30'minutes
  • 17RobertsonSubstituted forHorwoodat 31'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 11Hackett
  • 25Byrom
  • 32Murdoch
  • 23MohamedSubstituted forSinclairat 67'minutes
  • 10O'TooleBooked at 90mins
  • 9Richards

Substitutes

  • 3Horwood
  • 4Carter
  • 5Langmead
  • 7Sinclair
  • 12Tozer
  • 13Snedker
  • 19D'Ath
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
5,394

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, Northampton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, Northampton Town 1.

Booking

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Marc Laird (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Guy Madjo replaces Shamir Fenelon.

Foul by Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers).

Kelvin Langmead (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Daniel Alfei (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Lee Collins.

Booking

Evan Horwood (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Max Power (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Evan Horwood (Northampton Town).

Foul by Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers).

Daniel Alfei (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Max Power (Tranmere Rovers).

Joel Byrom (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Marc Laird (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. Max Power (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Emile Sinclair replaces Kaid Mohamed.

Hand ball by Max Power (Tranmere Rovers).

Foul by Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers).

Kelvin Langmead (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 2, Northampton Town 1. Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Max Power.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jake Kirby replaces Chris Shuker.

Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kaid Mohamed (Northampton Town).

Attempt blocked. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Josh Thompson (Tranmere Rovers).

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Owain Williams.

Attempt saved. Joel Byrom (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Steven Jennings.

Attempt saved. Max Power (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury23135533151844
2Wycombe23128337201744
3Burton2313463223943
4Luton23126528171142
5Newport2311753324940
6Southend2311662319439
7Plymouth23114829171237
8Bury2311483529637
9Exeter2410773231137
10Stevenage2310493331234
11Wimbledon239683331233
12Morecambe23103102523233
13Accrington2293103236-430
14Cambridge2385103429529
15Portsmouth237792629-328
16Oxford Utd237792529-428
17Mansfield2376101828-1027
18York2351172628-226
19Cheltenham2367102032-1225
20Northampton2373133337-424
21Carlisle2373132843-1524
22Tranmere2357112330-722
23Dag & Red2364132536-1122
24Hartlepool2335151642-2614
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