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Tranmere Rovers 0-1 Forest Green Rovers

Tranmere's automatic promotion League Two hopes were dealt a serious blow as they were beaten 1-0 by play-off rivals Forest Green at Prenton Park.

An early second-half strike from Junior Mondal proved to be the difference as Mark Cooper's side survived an avalanche of Tranmere attacks to move to within a point of their hosts in the play-off pack.

There was little between the sides in the opening period, with League Two Player of the Year James Norwood launching an attempted lob over the bar.

But two minutes after the break, the Gloucestershire club went ahead when a pull back from Joseph Mills was beautifully side-footed into the top corner by Mondal, leaving Scott Davies clutching thin air.

Tranmere responded and laid siege on the visitors' goal. Paul Mullin's overhead kick was brilliantly kept out by James Montgomery, before the Tranmere substitute saw a 25-yard free kick smash against the post.

Despite the hosts' best endeavours - after losing centre-back Mark Ellis in the first half to a knee injury - they could not carve out an equaliser and now look like they must settle for a play-off berth instead.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Tranmere

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Davies
  • 14Caprice
  • 16EllisSubstituted forNelsonat 27'minutes
  • 6Monthe
  • 24Bakayogo
  • 19Morris
  • 8HarrisSubstituted forDagnallat 85'minutes
  • 28Banks
  • 27PringleSubstituted forMullinat 55'minutes
  • 10NorwoodBooked at 80mins
  • 11Jennings

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 4Nelson
  • 9Mullin
  • 18Smith
  • 22Gilmour
  • 25Pilling
  • 29Dagnall

Forest Green

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Montgomery
  • 2Shephard
  • 6Rawson
  • 19McGinleyBooked at 80mins
  • 23Mills
  • 7Winchester
  • 5CollinsSubstituted forGunningat 69'minutes
  • 25MondalSubstituted forDigbyat 75'minutes
  • 10Brown
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forGrubbat 46'minutes
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 4James
  • 8Grubb
  • 16Gunning
  • 20Digby
  • 21McCoulsky
  • 26Reid
  • 34Ward
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
9,468

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home18
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Sid Nelson (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Sid Nelson.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Chris Dagnall (Tranmere Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Chris Dagnall replaces Jay Harris.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  15. Booking

    Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Booking

    James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City432315573393484
2Mansfield432016766353176
3MK Dons432291269462375
4Bury4321111177532474
5Tranmere4320111261461571
6Forest Green4319131163422170
7Exeter4318111458481065
8Carlisle43197176359464
9Colchester43189165952763
10Stevenage43189165453163
11Newport42189155558-363
12Swindon431516125350361
13Oldham4215141362501259
14Crewe43178185453159
15Northampton431318125656057
16Cheltenham431412175460-654
17Grimsby43148214154-1350
18Crawley43147224562-1749
19Port Vale431211203752-1547
20Morecambe431211204768-2147
21Cambridge431210213761-2446
22Macclesfield43912224673-2739
23Yeovil43910243863-2537
24Notts County43813224479-3537
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