Match ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Tranmere Rovers 2.
Goals from James Vaughan and Mark Ellis gave relegation-threatened Tranmere a win over Accrington, who finished with 10 men.
Tranmere remain in the bottom three but have games in hand on the teams above them.
Stanley forced all the early pressure, with Dion Charles firing wide and Scott Davies denying Callum Johnson, but it was Tranmere who opened the scoring with their first attack on eight minutes.
A Kieron Morris free-kick found the head of Bradford loanee Vaughan eight yards out and he guided the ball past Joe Bursik for his 13th goal of the campaign, and second for Rovers.
Stanley continued to create chances, with Joe Pritchard's effort not far off the top corner, but did not really test the Tranmere keeper Scott Davies and the visitors struck again on 77 minutes.
Peter Clarke fed the ball across the face of goal after Stanley failed to clear a corner and Ellis had the easy task of tapping into an empty net at the far post.
Stanley set up a grandstand finish when Alex Woodyard headed Bobby Grant's free-kick into his own net on 82 minutes but, in added time, Stanley defender Harvey Rodgers saw red for a second bookable offence.
Report supplied by PA Media.
- 18RodgersBooked at 90mins
- 12MaguireSubstituted forGrantat 81'minutes
- 8FinleyBooked at 72mins
- 19BishopSubstituted forZanzalaat 61'minutes
- 1DaviesBooked at 88mins
- 3RidehalghBooked at 79mins
- 12McCulloughSubstituted forPerkinsat 60'minutes
- 23Blackett-TaylorSubstituted forMontheat 86'minutes
- 11JenningsBooked at 34minsSubstituted forDannsat 60'minutes
- Will Finnie
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Tranmere Rovers 2.
Bobby Grant (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers).
Foul by Jerome Opoku (Accrington Stanley).
Neil Danns (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Second yellow card to Harvey Rodgers (Accrington Stanley) for a bad foul.
Foul by Harvey Rodgers (Accrington Stanley).
James Vaughan (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Emmanuel Monthe.
Dion Charles (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).
Harvey Rodgers (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James Vaughan (Tranmere Rovers).
Scott Davies (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Emmanuel Monthe replaces Corey Taylor.
Foul by Offrande Zanzala (Accrington Stanley).
Mark Ellis (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Finley.
Attempt missed. Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Finley with a cross.