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Tranmere Rovers 2-0 Exeter City

Tranmere secured an impressive victory over 10-man Exeter as Micky Mellon's men continue to climb the League Two table.

A brace from James Norwood either side of half-time saw off City, allowing Rovers to leapfrog their opponents and move to within a point of the automatic promotion places.

The Grecians started the match in third place with Dean Moxey and Lee Martin both testing the resistance of Tranmere goalkeeper Scott Davies early doors.

But Rovers led just past the half-hour mark when a cross from Jake Caprice was met by the head of Norwood and - although goalkeeper James Hamon got a hand to it - he could not keep it out.

Tranmere were playing with swagger and when Larnell Cole unleashed a breath-taking half-volley 10 minutes into the second half, it hit the base of the post and bounced into the path of Norwood, who stroked home his 12th of the season.

Moxey collected a second yellow card and was subsequently dismissed 17 minutes from time and that was enough to ensure all three points stayed in Birkenhead.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 14Caprice
  • 5McNulty
  • 6Monthe
  • 2Buxton
  • 12McCullough
  • 28BanksSubstituted forHarrisat 82'minutes
  • 11Jennings
  • 29ColeSubstituted forGilmourat 74'minutes
  • 9MullinSubstituted forSmithat 67'minutes
  • 10Norwood

Substitutes

  • 8Harris
  • 17Mottley-Henry
  • 18Smith
  • 22Gilmour
  • 23George
  • 24Bakayogo

Exeter

  • 13Hamon
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5Martin
  • 23Croll
  • 21MoxeyBooked at 73mins
  • 8Law
  • 17JaySubstituted forAbrahamsat 63'minutes
  • 27CollinsSubstituted forWoodmanat 75'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 11Stockley
  • 7MartinBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 3Woodman
  • 4O'Shea
  • 6Tillson
  • 18Oates
  • 19Abrahams
  • 22Weale
  • 41Dean
Referee:
Thomas Bramall
Attendance:
6,209

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, Exeter City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, Exeter City 0.

Foul by Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers).

Lee Martin (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Johnny Smith (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nicky Law (Exeter City).

Attempt missed. Adam Buxton (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Lee Martin (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Lee Martin.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jay Harris replaces Oliver Banks.

Jake Caprice (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Exeter City).

Foul by Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers).

Craig Woodman (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers).

Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

Attempt blocked. Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Johnny Smith (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Craig Woodman replaces Archie Collins.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Harvey Gilmour replaces Larnell Cole.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Dean Moxey (Exeter City) for hand ball.

Hand ball by Dean Moxey (Exeter City).

Foul by Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers).

Tristan Abrahams (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Johnny Smith replaces Paul Mullin.

Adam Buxton (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tristan Abrahams (Exeter City).

Attempt saved. Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Tristan Abrahams replaces Matt Jay.

Foul by James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

Luke Croll (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Dean Moxey (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dean Moxey (Exeter City).

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 2, Exeter City 0. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Larnell Cole.

Attempt saved. Matt Jay (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City17113332151736
2MK Dons1797124101434
3Colchester1794431161531
4Tranmere178632516930
5Exeter178542617929
6Newport178542529-429
7Stevenage178452116528
8Forest Green176922617927
9Bury1775528181026
10Mansfield16510123121125
11Carlisle177281922-323
12Crawley177282429-523
13Port Vale176471721-422
14Yeovil165652318521
15Northampton175662021-121
16Swindon175661922-321
17Oldham165562118320
18Crewe175481619-319
19Cambridge175391627-1118
20Morecambe1752101729-1217
21Grimsby164391021-1115
22Notts County163492036-1613
23Cheltenham162591225-1311
24Macclesfield1714121435-217
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