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Tranmere Rovers 2-1 Exeter City

Tranmere scored two penalties to beat promotion rivals Exeter 2-1 in a fiery contest at Prenton Park.

David Nugent and substitute Danny Lloyd scored either side of Joel Randall's equaliser to give Keith Hill's men a crucial win.

Rovers should have led on 13 minutes when Liam Feeney's pinpoint cross picked out Kaiyne Woolery who headed a glorious chance wide.

Minutes later the hosts did lead when Peter Clarke was needlessly bundled over by Rory McArdle, allowing veteran Nugent the chance to blast his spot-kick high to Jokull Andresson's left.

The lead lasted just two minutes as Tranmere were split wide open by Matt Jay's through ball and Randall scampered clear to convert low past Scott Davies. The Exeter man pulled a hamstring in the act of shooting and was stretchered off.

The Grecians looked the more likely winners after the break until Lewis Page was adjudged to have handled Otis Khan's cross and Lloyd sent Andresson the wrong way from the spot.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Tranmere

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Davies
  • 17Khan
  • 26Clarke
  • 21RaySubstituted forMontheat 42'minutes
  • 18MacDonald
  • 2O'Connor
  • 8Spearing
  • 7MorrisSubstituted forLewisat 57'minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 19Feeney
  • 14WoolerySubstituted forRidehalghat 85'minutes
  • 28NugentSubstituted forLloyd-McGoldrickat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 6Monthe
  • 13Murphy
  • 15Crawford
  • 16Kirby
  • 22Lewis
  • 35Lloyd-McGoldrick

Exeter

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 24Andrésson
  • 30Key
  • 6McArdleSubstituted forCapriceat 90'minutes
  • 34Hartridge
  • 20Page
  • 16Willmott
  • 8TaylorSubstituted forAtanganaat 90'minutes
  • 10Collins
  • 14RandallSubstituted forSparkesat 23'minutes
  • 17JaySubstituted forSeymourat 72'minutes
  • 12Bowman

Substitutes

  • 2Caprice
  • 3Sparkes
  • 4Atangana
  • 9Seymour
  • 15Parkes
  • 22Lee
  • 26Sweeney
Referee:
Paul Howard

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home4
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home18
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, Exeter City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, Exeter City 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Archie Collins (Exeter City).

  4. Post update

    Danny Lloyd (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis Page (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Seymour.

  6. Post update

    Lewis Page (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Danny Lloyd (Tranmere Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Archie Collins (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robbie Willmott.

  9. Post update

    Lewis Page (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Paul Lewis (Tranmere Rovers).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Page (Exeter City).

  12. Post update

    Paul Lewis (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Exeter City. Joshua Key tries a through ball, but Robbie Willmott is caught offside.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Nigel Atangana replaces Jake Taylor.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Jake Caprice replaces Rory McArdle.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joshua Key (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Robbie Willmott.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Peter Clarke (Tranmere Rovers).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Liam Ridehalgh replaces Kaiyne Woolery.

  19. Post update

    Lewis Page (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Kaiyne Woolery (Tranmere Rovers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham36198948331565
2Cambridge371971155342164
3Forest Green351710849371261
4Tranmere35187104839961
5Bolton36179104743460
6Morecambe36178115149259
7Newport36169114637957
8Exeter341411958401853
9Salford3513121041291251
10Crawley35149124744351
11Carlisle33146134641548
12Bradford34139123838048
13Harrogate36146164041-148
14Leyton Orient35138143939047
15Stevenage371016113132-146
16Mansfield36915124448-442
17Oldham36119165261-942
18Scunthorpe35126173645-942
19Port Vale37118184651-541
20Walsall35815123845-739
21Barrow34108164143-238
22Colchester36814143349-1638
23Southend36710192250-2831
24Grimsby35610192654-2828
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