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20 March 2021 Venue Prenton Park Attendance

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📝 Match Preview: Tranmere Rovers (A)

Match preview ahead of City's trip to Birkenhead this weekend

19 March 2021

Exeter City will be hoping to return to winning ways when they face promotion chasing Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park on Saturday.

After a narrow 1-0 defeat to Cheltenham at SJP last weekend, City enjoyed a rare luxury of a midweek without a match and go into the game eager to make amends. The Grecians have won three of their last five matches on the road, but face a Tranmere side who have been strong on home turf - Forest Green, Bolton and Newport just three of the sides who have been beaten at Prenton Park in recent months.

Keith Hill's side come into the game two league matches unbeaten having drawn 0-0 at Grimsby on Wednesday evening - that coming after they beat Newport County 1-0 two weeks ago. They were losing finalist at Wembley last Sunday when they lost 1-0 to Sunderland in the Papa John's Trophy.  



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As usual, we’ll have the match covered across our social media channels and we’ll have a post-match interview with manager Matt Taylor and a player as they reflect on the result.

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Match Reports

📝 Match Report: Tranmere Rovers 2 City 1

Jed Penberthy reports as City suffer defeat on the road

20 March 2021

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Exeter City fell to defeat after two Tranmere penalties proved the difference at Prenton Park.

David Nugent’s first half kick was cancelled out immediately by Joel Randall - who was then forced off through injury.

Danny Lloyd converted his chance from twelve yards mid-way through the second half to seal the points.

In a slight switch-up for City, Matt Taylor made two changes. Lewis Page and Robbie Wilmott returned in favour of Jake Caprice and Jack Sparkes who dropped to the bench.

Scott Davies in the Tranmere goal was the first to be called into action. Joel Randall’s low ball in from the left-hand side was easily claimed by the Rovers captain.


After quarter of an hour, the home side carved the first chance of the day. Liam Feeney had time to pick out Kaiyne Woolery in space in the middle. It seemed harder for Woolery to miss as his glancing header edged wide of Jökull Andrésson’s post.

The home side were ahead though on 18 minutes. After a six-yard-box melee, Peter Clarke was adjudged to have been fouled in the box and former-England international David Nugent dispatched to put the Whites ahead.

But City were level almost instantaneously. The perfect response came after Ryan Bowman was able to flick a ball forward to Matt Jay. In the middle of the park, MJ expertly sent Joel Randall steaming towards goal. One-on-one with Davies, Randall kept his composure to slot in his tenth goal of the season.

Unfortunately for the winger he pulled up holding his hamstring in the process and was forced to withdraw. Jack Sparkes was his early replacement.

Tranmere began to grow in confidence and on 37 minutes won a free kick on the left. Feeney’s delivery evaded all but George Ray at the far-post. In his efforts to keep the ball in clattered into the advertising hoardings behind the goal. Manny Monthe came on in his place.

Rory McArdle was called into heroic action in the next Tranmere move. The City number six managed to get a toe to a threatening Kaiyne Woolery cross.

Exeter soaked up the pressure and shortly before the break Jack Sparkes found space in the final third. Lacking options, Sparkes forced a corner. His resulting ball in was simple for Nugent at the near post to clear as the teams went in level.

With Matt Taylor’s words still ringing in the Grecians ears, City looked sharper in the opening exchanges of the second period.

Jake Taylor, Robbie Willmott, and Josh Key worked the ball well on the right with the latter’s cross earning a wasted corner. Rory McArdle also found space in the Rovers box in a later phase as the visitors started on the front foot.

The Exeter captained then showed his experience earning a set-piece from a tantalising range. Sparkes hit it with venom, but too much it proved, flying high into the stand.

The Whites frustration grew and started niggling at the Exeter legs. Jack Sparkes had the latest delivery wide right which had to be dealt with well by Davies.

Soon after, Ryan Bowman had a half-sight of goal. The striker brought a high ball down in the Tranmere box and attempted an audacious lob over the on-rushing Rovers keeper. The execution however was missing.

And would you guess it? It was Tranmere who scored the next goal just after 68 minutes.

Their first real foray into the Exeter half saw Lewis Page penalised for handball and substitute Danny Lloyd converted from the spot.

The Grecians early momentum stagnated, and the game went rather stale after the second Tranmere goal. The hosts held for the victory.

Tranmere Rovers: Davies ©, Khan, Ray, Clarke, MacDonald, Spearing, O’Connor, Feeney, Woolery, Nugent (Lloyd 56’), Morris (Lewis 56’)

Subs: Murphy, Kirby, Crawford

Exeter City: Andrésson, Key, McArdle (Caprice 89’), Hartridge, Page, Willmott, Taylor © (Atangana 89’), Collins, Randall (Sparkes 23’), Jay (Seymour 72’), Bowman

Subs: Lee, Parkes, Sweeney

Referee: Paul Howard

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