League Two
TranmereTranmere Rovers5CrawleyCrawley Town1

Tranmere Rovers 5-1 Crawley Town

Tranmere thrashed Crawley at Prenton Park to keep pace with the League Two play-off pack.

Connor Jennings gave Rovers the lead before the division's top scorer, James Norwood, notched his ninth and 10th goals of the season either side of half-time.

Adam Buxton's penalty and a thunderbolt from Paul Mullin took the tally to five before the visitors pulled back a consolation through Olly Palmer.

Rovers attacked in waves and it was no surprise when Jennings smashed home a Manny Monthe knockdown midway through the first half to break the deadlock.

Jennings then set up Norwood for his first before the break and Tranmere's leading marksman headed home an Ollie Banks corner to make it three shortly after the restart.

Tranmere's penalty seemed harsh on the visitors, with Glenn Morris adjudged to have clipped Norwood in the box, but Buxton had little concern as he fired home before Mullin completed the rout.

Stunned Town responded when Palmer volleyed home Lewis Young's cross from close range but they were soundly beaten.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Tranmere

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Davies
  • 2Buxton
  • 5McNulty
  • 6Monthe
  • 14Caprice
  • 11Jennings
  • 12McCullough
  • 28Banks
  • 29ColeSubstituted forSmithat 83'minutes
  • 9MullinSubstituted forGilmourat 76'minutes
  • 10Norwood

Substitutes

  • 4Sutton
  • 8Harris
  • 17Mottley-Henry
  • 18Smith
  • 22Gilmour
  • 23George
  • 27Williams

Crawley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Morris
  • 2Young
  • 6Connolly
  • 20Vincelot
  • 16Maguire
  • 14FrancombBooked at 18minsSubstituted forDohertyat 62'minutes
  • 21BulmanSubstituted forNathaniel-Georgeat 59'minutes
  • 22Morais
  • 28CamaraSubstituted forAllarakhiaat 78'minutes
  • 11Gambin
  • 9Palmer

Substitutes

  • 3Doherty
  • 5McNerney
  • 10Poleon
  • 12Mersin
  • 15Nathaniel-George
  • 27Allarakhia
Referee:
Tom Nield
Attendance:
5,445

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 5, Crawley Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 5, Crawley Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ashley Nathaniel-George (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Romain Vincelot (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  7. Post update

    Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Joe Maguire (Crawley Town).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Josh Doherty (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Johnny Smith replaces Larnell Cole.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Buxton (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  15. Post update

    James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Tarryn Allarakhia replaces Panutche Camara.

  18. Post update

    Larnell Cole (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Romain Vincelot (Crawley Town).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Harvey Gilmour replaces Paul Mullin.