League Two
TranmereTranmere Rovers2NorthamptonNorthampton Town1

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:

"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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, Northampton Town 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Guy Madjo replaces Shamir Fenelon.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Lee Collins.

  12. Booking

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Evan Horwood (Northampton Town).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Max Power (Tranmere Rovers).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

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