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Accrington Stanley 0-1 Tranmere Rovers

Ryan Lowe

Tranmere scored a controversial late winner to see off League Two Accrington Stanley and progress to the second round of the FA Cup.

Rovers went close through James Gray's high strike and Kal Naismith's effort being saved by Owain Fon Williams.

There were few clear-cut chances in the second half until the late controversy.

Accrington's defence were caught waiting for the offside flag when Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro found Ryan Lowe who finished in style.

Lowe also had the ball in the net in the first half, but that one was ruled out for offside.


Accrington manager James Beattie told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It's hard to take because we're out of the FA Cup but I was delighted with the performance.

"I thought we totally outplayed a League One side and I'm very excited by what I've seen today.

"It all boils down to converting your chances. If we'd have got the first goal, we would have imposed ourselves on the game even more."

Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"I'm disappointed with the way we played because we've played a lot better than that this season.

"We stayed in the game and dug it out without playing particularly well.

"For the goal, it was a great ball from Jean-Louis and a hell of a finish from Ryan Lowe."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 26Bettinelli
  • 16HuntSubstituted forWindassat 45'minutes
  • 27Naylor
  • 4Joyce
  • 5Aldred
  • 6Winnard
  • 15Mingoia
  • 2Murphy
  • 24Odejayi
  • 17GraySubstituted forBowermanat 76'minutes
  • 11Naismith


  • 1Dunbavin
  • 3Liddle
  • 7McCartan
  • 10Hatfield
  • 20Windass
  • 23Mahoney
  • 44Bowerman


Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Williams
  • 2Holmes
  • 23Ridehalgh
  • 14Atkinson
  • 4Taylor
  • 20McNulty
  • 11Bell-BaggieSubstituted forStocktonat 87'minutes
  • 6HateleySubstituted forAkpa Akproat 59'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 9Lowe
  • 22Koumas
  • 15Kirby


  • 3Horwood
  • 5Goodison
  • 12Rowe
  • 16Stockton
  • 18Jennings
  • 26Akpa Akpro
  • 33Mooney
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Tranmere Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Tranmere Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Luke Joyce.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Accrington Stanley 0, Tranmere Rovers 1. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

  5. Booking

    Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Cole Stockton replaces Abdulai Bell-Baggie.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Danny Holmes.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley).

  15. Post update

    Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

  17. Post update

    Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Tranmere Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Accrington Stanley. George Bowerman replaces James Gray.