Tranmere hit the woodwork twice as they were denied a first home win in League One this season by Stevenage.

A curling effort from Rovers striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro struck the crossbar in the first period.

And full-back Evan Horwood hit a post from 25 yards after the break for Ronnie Moore's side.

Chris Atkinson shot wide and saw another effort saved by visiting keeper Chris Day, while Jimmy Smith's weak header was the closest Stevenage came.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Tranmere Rovers manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"We had enough of the game to have won it. The two that have hit the post were fantastic strikes. We just didn't get the breaks on the day.

"We looked a lot more solid and moved the ball well. There's something to build on, and overall it was pleasing, but it's disappointing that we couldn't take the three points."

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We've come here and we've worked very hard to get a clean sheet. I thought our organisation, on the whole, was good.

"I'm disappointed to go back with just the one point, but in the early days of the season these points weren't looking likely.

"You might say we've got no out and out attacking player, but Luke (Freeman) and Lionel Messi are a similar type of player and you wouldn't accuse Barcelona of playing without an attacking threat.

"One goal conceded in three games, something must be improving."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Tranmere

  • 33 Mooney
  • 02 Holmes
  • 03 Horwood
  • 05 Goodison (Taylor - 61' )
  • 20 Dugdale
  • 12 Rowe
  • 14 Atkinson
  • 17 Power Booked
  • 07 Thompson Booked (Sodje - 82' )
  • 09 Lowe
  • 26 Akpa Akpro

Substitutes

  • 13 Ramsbottom
  • 18 Jones
  • 04 Taylor
  • 16 Stockton
  • 19 Sodje

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 05 Ashton
  • 22 Gray
  • 29 Hartley
  • 34 Deacon Booked
  • 14 Heslop Booked
  • 17 Tansey (Burrow - 61' )
  • 24 Doughty Booked (Wedgbury - 87' )
  • 15 Freeman
  • 20 Smith (Tounkara - 57' Booked )
  • 32 Shroot

Substitutes

  • 01 Arnold
  • 03 Hills
  • 06 Jones
  • 23 Lopez
  • 02 Wedgbury
  • 10 Burrow
  • 21 Tounkara
Ref: Pawson
Att: 4,156

Match Stats

Shots

15 9

On target

2 1

Corners

4 4

Fouls

10 20

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:24 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +4:02

Header at goal by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro misses to the right.

90:00 +3:47

Corner taken by Jason Mooney from the right by-line.

90:00 +2:48

Clearance by David Gray.

90:00 +2:41

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro delivers the ball.

90:00 +0:57

Danny Holmes restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:39

Oumare Tounkara is shown a yellow card.

90:00 +0:39 Booking

Booking

90:00 +0:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Oumare Tounkara on Danny Holmes.

89:08

James Rowe crosses the ball in from the free kick.

88:37

Simon Heslop goes into the referee's book for dissent.

88:37 Booking

Booking

88:23

Roarie Deacon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Lowe.

86:42 Substitution

Substitution (Stevenage) makes a substitution, with Sam Wedgbury coming on for Michael Doughty.

86:06

Free kick taken by Evan Horwood.

85:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Ashton on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

85:25

Jason Mooney restarts play with the free kick.

84:12

Unfair challenge on Ash Taylor by Jordan Burrow results in a free kick.

83:37 Substitution

Substitution Sam Wedgbury is brought on as a substitute for Michael Doughty.

82:56

Clearance by Roarie Deacon.

82:51

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro produces a cross.

82:17

The ball is delivered by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

81:30 Substitution

Substitution Joe Thompson goes off and Akpo Sodje comes on.

81:00

Jason Mooney takes the free kick.

80:53

Foul by Luke Freeman on Danny Holmes, free kick awarded.

80:42

The referee shows Michael Doughty a yellow card for time wasting.

80:42 Booking

Booking

80:22

David Gray takes the free kick.

80:14

The referee shows Max Power a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

80:14 Booking

Booking

79:44

David Gray fouled by Max Power, the ref awards a free kick.

75:12

Clearance made by Jon Ashton.

75:02

Corner taken by Chris Atkinson.

74:30

Free kick taken by Evan Horwood.

74:24

Foul by Jordan Burrow on Max Power, free kick awarded.

73:25

Shot by Luke Freeman missed to the right of the target.

72:15

Header at goal by Ash Taylor goes over the bar.

72:01

Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Atkinson.

71:25

Jason Mooney takes the free kick.

71:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Burrow on Chris Atkinson.

70:47

James Rowe takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

69:38

Evan Horwood takes a strike on goal from the free kick which goes harmlessly over the bar.

68:48

Unfair challenge on James Rowe by Jon Ashton results in a free kick.

68:14

Free kick taken by Michael Doughty.

67:59

Adam Dugdale concedes a free kick for a foul on Robin Shroot.

66:16

Foul by David Gray on James Rowe, free kick awarded.

66:09

Clearance made by Ash Taylor.

66:05

Corner taken by Robin Shroot from the left by-line.

65:30

Roarie Deacon produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Blocked by Ash Taylor.

65:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Freeman by Chris Atkinson.

64:40

Shot by Robin Shroot.

63:26

The ball is swung over by Joe Thompson.

62:21

Unfair challenge on James Rowe by Oumare Tounkara results in a free kick.

61:16

Michael Doughty restarts play with the free kick.

61:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robin Shroot by Ash Taylor.

60:36 Substitution

Substitution Ash Taylor on for Ian Goodison.

60:22 Substitution

Substitution Greg Tansey leaves the field to be replaced by Jordan Burrow.

59:33

James Rowe takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

59:17

Evan Horwood takes a shot and strikes the post.

59:08

Clearance by Jon Ashton.

59:01

James Rowe delivers the ball.

57:01

Jason Mooney restarts play with the free kick.

56:52

Luke Freeman is adjudged to have handled the ball.

56:18 Substitution

Substitution Oumare Tounkara on for Jimmy Smith.

55:35

Evan Horwood restarts play with the free kick.

54:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro by Greg Tansey.

53:06

Clearance by David Gray.

52:42

Corner taken by Chris Atkinson from the right by-line.

51:40

Ian Goodison manages to make a clearance.

51:35

Greg Tansey restarts play with the free kick.

51:19

Foul by Chris Atkinson on Simon Heslop, free kick awarded.

50:08

Peter Hartley takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.

49:35

Corner from the right by-line taken by Michael Doughty.

49:16

Ian Goodison manages to make a clearance.

49:10

David Gray produces a cross.

46:29

Shot by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro cleared the bar.

46:02

Clearance by Jon Ashton.

45:45

Evan Horwood crosses the ball in from the free kick.

45:29

Foul by Greg Tansey on Max Power, free kick awarded.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +0:43

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Evan Horwood and misses to the right of the goal.

44:41

Roarie Deacon is shown a yellow card for dissent.

44:41 Booking

Booking

44:34

Roarie Deacon is penalised for a handball.

43:21

Chris Atkinson has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

43:02

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro sends in a cross.

42:41

Ian Goodison takes the free kick.

42:29

Greg Tansey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Goodison.

40:50

Chris Atkinson has an effort at goal.

40:01

Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

39:51

Danny Holmes concedes a free kick for a foul on Robin Shroot.

39:38

Peter Hartley makes a clearance.

39:30

A cross is delivered by Danny Holmes.

38:59

Jason Mooney restarts play with the free kick.

38:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jimmy Smith on Evan Horwood.

38:24

Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

38:18

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

37:24

Luke Freeman has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

36:48

Clearance made by Ian Goodison.

36:44

The ball is crossed by Michael Doughty.

36:30

Clearance made by Adam Dugdale.

36:07

Greg Tansey crosses the ball in from the free kick.

35:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Goodison on Luke Freeman.

34:24

Shot by Danny Holmes went wide right of the post.

33:17

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro takes the chance to get an effort at goal and strikes the post.

32:10

Ryan Lowe takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

26:35

The ball is sent over by Roarie Deacon.

25:44

Clearance made by Jon Ashton.

25:44

Jon Ashton makes a clearance.

25:39

The ball is sent over by James Rowe.

25:17

A cross is delivered by Evan Horwood.

24:52

Max Power takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Jon Ashton gets a block in.

24:06

Free kick crossed by Danny Holmes.

23:52

Roarie Deacon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Holmes.

23:28

Roarie Deacon takes the free kick.

23:17

Max Power concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Hartley.

22:34

Shot by Luke Freeman cleared the bar.

22:10

Clearance made by Ian Goodison.

22:06

Jimmy Smith produces a cross.

21:18

The ball is delivered by Ryan Lowe.

20:54

Evan Horwood crosses the ball in from the free kick.

20:21

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro fouled by Jon Ashton, the ref awards a free kick.

17:40

Corner taken by Greg Tansey from the left by-line.

16:33

The ball is delivered by David Gray.

15:19

Ian Goodison takes the free kick.

15:11

Foul by Luke Freeman on Evan Horwood, free kick awarded.

14:15

Greg Tansey takes the free kick.

14:02

Joe Thompson goes into the book.

14:02 Booking

Booking

13:48

Joe Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on Simon Heslop.

13:04

Jimmy Smith takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Jason Mooney catches the ball.

12:51

Corner taken by Michael Doughty from the left by-line.

12:23

Michael Doughty has an effort at goal.

9:34

Shot by Luke Freeman. Blocked by Adam Dugdale.

9:07

Header by Joe Thompson misses to the right of the target.

8:55

Evan Horwood delivers the ball.

4:47

Ian Goodison takes the free kick.

4:41

Evan Horwood fouled by Jimmy Smith, the ref awards a free kick.

4:05

James Rowe restarts play with the free kick.

3:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Doughty on Joe Thompson.

1:34

Adam Dugdale restarts play with the free kick.

1:24

Simon Heslop concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

0:43

Jon Ashton restarts play with the free kick.

0:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Lowe on David Gray.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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