Zoumana Bakayogo's double helped lift Tranmere into the League One play-off places as managerless Stevenage slipped to a 15th defeat in 19 games.

Boro keeper Steve Arnold dropped an Abdulai Bell-Baggie cross to allow Bakayogo to net the opener.

Luke Freeman levelled for the visitors with a well-hit free-kick.

But Ben Gibson latched on to a loose ball to reinstate the Rovers lead before Bakayogo capitalised on poor defending for his second.

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro almost added another in a goalmouth scramble as Tranmere, rarely troubled in the second half, climbed above Yeovil and Sheffield United into fifth.

Defender Mark Roberts took caretaker charge of Stevenage, who are likely to name a new manager to replace Gary Smith this week in an attempt to halt their alarming fall down the table to 15th.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Tranmere

  • 01 fon Williams
  • 02 Holmes
  • 03 Black
  • 04 Taylor
  • 14 Bakayogo (Amoo - 84' )
  • 21 Gibson
  • 06 Palmer
  • 17 Power
  • 22 Bell-Baggie (O'Halloran - 80' )
  • 25 Sidibe
  • 26 Akpa Akpro

Substitutes

  • 33 Mooney
  • 05 Goodison
  • 19 Kay
  • 12 Harrison
  • 16 Stockton
  • 18 Amoo
  • 20 O'Halloran

Stevenage

  • 01 Arnold
  • 02 Gray Booked
  • 04 Charles
  • 14 Roberts
  • 29 Ngala
  • 07 Grant (Tansey - 81' )
  • 08 Dunne Booked
  • 32 Shroot
  • 11 Akins
  • 15 Freeman
  • 23 Lopez (Hoskins - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Day
  • 21 Iro
  • 22 Comminges
  • 06 Tansey
  • 20 Jeffrey
  • 28 Beleck
  • 30 Hoskins
Ref: Scott
Att: 4,342

Match Stats

Shots

18 13

On target

11 6

Corners

6 5

Fouls

7 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:03 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:12

Lucas Akins sends in a cross, Robin Shroot takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

90:00 +1:18

Max Power decides to take a short corner.

90:00 +1:11

A cross is delivered by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, clearance made by Mark Roberts.

90:00 +0:13

Sam Hoskins has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

88:58

Shot by Greg Tansey from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

86:32

Paul Black gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robin Shroot. James Dunne takes the direct free kick.

85:28

The ball is delivered by David Amoo, Darius Charles manages to make a clearance.

83:33 Substitution

Substitution Zoumana Bakayogo leaves the field to be replaced by David Amoo.

83:06

Lucas Akins produces a cross, Effort from the edge of the box by Sam Hoskins goes wide of the left-hand upright.

81:51

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro sends in a cross.

80:51 Substitution

Substitution Greg Tansey is brought on as a substitute for Anthony Grant.

80:09

James Dunne delivers the ball, Ash Taylor makes a clearance.

79:15

Darius Charles restarts play with the free kick.

79:15 Substitution

Substitution Michael O'Halloran replaces Abdulai Bell-Baggie.

79:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Grant by Mamady Sidibe.

77:18

The ball is sent over by Luke Freeman.

72:38 Substitution

Substitution Sam Hoskins on for Daniel Lopez.

71:38

Centre by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, Effort on goal by Mamady Sidibe from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

68:41

Danny Holmes fouled by Robin Shroot, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Holmes takes the free kick.

68:12

Max Power is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by James Dunne.

66:26

Anthony Grant gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mamady Sidibe. Ben Gibson produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

65:10

Luke Freeman takes a shot. Owain Fon Williams makes a save.

64:49

Abdulai Bell-Baggie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Freeman. Mark Roberts takes the free kick.

64:05

James Dunne is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Ben Gibson.

62:39

Foul by Zoumana Bakayogo on Anthony Grant, free kick awarded. Luke Freeman crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save made by Owain Fon Williams.

62:18

The ball is delivered by Lucas Akins, Daniel Lopez takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Gibson.

60:48

Mamady Sidibe fouled by Mark Roberts, the ref awards a free kick. Max Power takes the direct free kick.

58:25

The official flags Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro offside. Free kick taken by Steve Arnold.

57:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Gray on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Free kick crossed right-footed by Max Power.

55:39

Inswinging corner taken by Robin Shroot from the left by-line, Robin Shroot produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

55:18

Daniel Lopez takes a shot. Save by Owain Fon Williams.

55:01

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro takes a shot. Steve Arnold makes a save.

54:46

Max Power takes a shot. Save made by Steve Arnold.

54:21

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Roberts.

53:45

Daniel Lopez is caught offside. Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

52:24

Shot by Luke Freeman from just outside the area goes over the net.

52:16

Luke Freeman delivers the ball.

51:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Grant by Liam Palmer. James Dunne restarts play with the free kick.

50:49

A cross is delivered by David Gray.

48:32

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Robin Shroot from the left by-line, Zoumana Bakayogo makes a clearance.

48:02

Corner from the right by-line taken by Luke Freeman, clearance made by Ben Gibson.

45:57

Corner taken by Luke Freeman, Zoumana Bakayogo makes a clearance.

45:49

The ball is sent over by Daniel Lopez.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +3:20 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:59

Corner taken by Max Power, Effort on goal by Liam Palmer from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

45:00 +0:39

The ball is delivered by Liam Palmer, Ash Taylor takes a shot. Save by Steve Arnold.

45:00 +0:14

Corner taken by Max Power.

44:01

Lucas Akins challenges Mamady Sidibe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Black takes the direct free kick.

41:36

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro is ruled offside. Mark Roberts takes the free kick.

41:16

Daniel Lopez crosses the ball, Ash Taylor manages to make a clearance.

40:51

Daniel Lopez sends in a cross, Ben Gibson makes a clearance.

40:20

A cross is delivered by Daniel Lopez, clearance by Ben Gibson.

39:07

Corner taken by Luke Freeman from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

37:23

Assist by Paul Black.

37:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Zoumana Bakayogo - Tranmere 3 - 1 Stevenage Zoumana Bakayogo fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tranmere 3-1 Stevenage.

36:13

Luke Freeman takes a shot. Owain Fon Williams makes a save.

34:42

A cross is delivered by Mamady Sidibe.

33:02

Unfair challenge on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro by Darius Charles results in a free kick. Max Power takes the direct free kick.

31:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Robin Shroot on Danny Holmes. Danny Holmes takes the free kick.

29:58

Corner taken short by Max Power.

29:46

Liam Palmer takes a shot. Save by Steve Arnold.

28:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lucas Akins on Max Power. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

28:07

The ball is crossed by Daniel Lopez, Ash Taylor makes a clearance.

27:10

The ball is crossed by Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Zoumana Bakayogo produces a left-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.

25:59

Lucas Akins produces a cross, save by Owain Fon Williams.

25:27

Effort on goal by Liam Palmer from just inside the area clears the bar.

24:32

Free kick crossed by Max Power, Mark Roberts makes a clearance.

24:32 Booking

Booking James Dunne receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

24:10

Liam Palmer fouled by James Dunne, the ref awards a free kick.

21:18

Lucas Akins has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

20:37

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

19:29

Centre by Zoumana Bakayogo, Mamady Sidibe has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

18:59

Darius Charles crosses the ball, Ash Taylor manages to make a clearance.

15:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Gibson - Tranmere 2 - 1 Stevenage Ben Gibson finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tranmere 2-1 Stevenage.

15:52

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro takes a shot. Blocked by David Gray.

15:40

Corner taken short by Max Power.

15:29

A cross is delivered by Danny Holmes, Daniel Lopez makes a clearance.

15:03

Short corner taken by Max Power from the right by-line.

15:03 Booking

Booking David Gray is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

14:37

Centre by Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro takes a shot. Save by Steve Arnold.

13:36

Ash Taylor produces a cross, save made by Steve Arnold.

11:53

Unfair challenge on Mamady Sidibe by Bondz N'Gala results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Max Power.

11:08

Assist on the goal came from Lucas Akins.

11:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke Freeman - Tranmere 1 - 1 Stevenage Luke Freeman grabs a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tranmere 1-1 Stevenage.

10:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Black on Lucas Akins.

9:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Zoumana Bakayogo - Tranmere 1 - 0 Stevenage A goal is scored by Zoumana Bakayogo from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tranmere 1-0 Stevenage.

9:08

The ball is swung over by Abdulai Bell-Baggie,

7:03

James Dunne crosses the ball, clearance by Ash Taylor.

5:38

The ball is delivered by Lucas Akins.

3:44

Daniel Lopez takes a shot. Owain Fon Williams makes a save.

3:32

Lucas Akins crosses the ball, Ben Gibson makes a clearance.

1:53

The ball is crossed by Danny Holmes, Mamady Sidibe takes a shot. Save by Steve Arnold.

1:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Dunne by Mamady Sidibe. Steve Arnold takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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