Adebayo Akinfenwa's first goals since August helped Gillingham beat 10-man Tranmere, who failed to ease their relegation fears.

Akinfenwa put Gills ahead with a fierce shot from inside the box.

Tranmere's Jim McNulty was sent off 10 minutes after the break for bringing down Cody McDonald when clean through.

Akinfenwa's close-range second doubled the lead before Ryan Lowe rounded Stuart Nelson to tap into an empty net to give Tranmere late hope.

It was Gillingham's first win in four games, while Tranmere sit two points above the bottom four.

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Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"It was a tough night. If you put their two centre-backs in our team, we win the game. We can't defend. If you can't defend, you don't win games.

"We've got two guys who think they're footballers. They're centre-backs and their living is to head it and kick it.

"We always looked like we were going to get a goal, but every time they went forward, they looked they were going to score. That's the way it's been for the last few weeks."

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

"We made awfully hard work of it. The effort was fantastic. We conceded a bad goal to make it a nervy finish and we have to do better than that.

"But overall I've got to be pleased with three points. We've just got to take our chances a bit more.

"I thought last Saturday there was a good feeling. The supporters played a massive part and gave us the confidence to come here and put on a massive performance."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Tranmere Rovers

  • 01 Williams
  • 02 Holmes
  • 23 Ridehalgh
  • 22 Koumas
  • 04 Taylor
  • 20 McNulty Dismissed
  • 25 Peterson (Robinson - 72' Booked )
  • 08 Wallace
  • 26 Akpa Akpro (Stockton - 64' )
  • 09 Lowe
  • 15 Kirby (Horwood - 57' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Horwood
  • 10 Robinson
  • 14 Atkinson
  • 16 Stockton
  • 17 Power
  • 31 Otsemobor
  • 33 Mooney

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson Booked
  • 23 Harriman
  • 03 Martin
  • 31 Hessenthaler
  • 26 Barrett
  • 06 Legge
  • 15 Dack Booked
  • 12 Gregory
  • 10 McDonald
  • 08 Akinfenwa (Lee - 72' )
  • 11 Weston (German - 22' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Davies
  • 16 German
  • 18 Lee
  • 21 Howard
  • 27 Fagan
  • 28 Daniels
  • 30 Hare
Ref: Robert Lewis
Att: 6,251

Match Stats

Shots

15 16

On target

5 8

Corners

10 3

Fouls

12 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Gillingham 2.

90:00 +5:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Gillingham 2.

90:00 +4:54

Attempt saved. James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +2:15

Attempt missed. Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

82:21

Attempt saved. James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

80:36 Booking

Booking Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

80:12

Foul by Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers).

80:12

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:43

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

76:59 Booking

Booking Stuart Nelson (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

76:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Gillingham 2. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Robinson.

71:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Robinson replaces Kristoffer Peterson.

71:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Charlie Lee replaces Adebayo Akinfenwa because of an injury.

70:43

Foul by Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers).

70:43

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tranmere Rovers 0, Gillingham 2. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

68:23

Attempt saved. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

67:13

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Leon Legge.

65:59

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Bradley Dack.

64:16

Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).

64:16

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Cole Stockton replaces Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

62:18

Attempt missed. James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

59:00

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers).

59:00

Leon Legge (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:33

Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

58:20

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Liam Ridehalgh.

58:00

Attempt blocked. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

57:12

Attempt missed. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

56:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Evan Horwood replaces Jake Kirby.

55:20 Dismissal

Dismissal Jimmy McNulty (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

55:06

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Tranmere Rovers).

55:06

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:36

Attempt blocked. Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

52:48

Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

52:22

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Steven Gregory.

50:02

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Michael Harriman.

49:11

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

48:06

Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

47:25

Attempt blocked. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

47:08

Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 0, Gillingham 1.

45:00 +2:54 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Gillingham 1.

45:00 +1:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tranmere Rovers 0, Gillingham 1. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

44:10

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Leon Legge.

43:41

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Michael Harriman.

42:35

Attempt saved. Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

42:21

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

42:05

Attempt saved. James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

40:53

Hand ball by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).

37:20

Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

37:20

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers).

35:09

Foul by Kristoffer Peterson (Tranmere Rovers).

35:09

Michael Harriman (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:16 Booking

Booking Bradley Dack (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

33:01

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Joe Martin.

32:19

Attempt blocked. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

31:20

Foul by Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers).

31:20

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:49

Foul by Antonio German (Gillingham).

30:49

Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

27:36

Foul by Antonio German (Gillingham).

27:36

Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:17

Foul by Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers).

27:17

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:48

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

26:48

Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:12

Attempt missed. Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

25:13

Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:13

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

24:00

Antonio German (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:56

Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

23:31

Attempt saved. Antonio German (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

22:30

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Michael Harriman.

21:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Antonio German replaces Myles Weston because of an injury.

19:02

Attempt missed. Kristoffer Peterson (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

18:37

Attempt missed. Myles Weston (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

15:17

Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

14:52

Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:52

Foul by Steven Gregory (Gillingham).

12:56

Attempt missed. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

8:33

Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

8:01

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Owain Williams.

7:51

Attempt saved. Adam Barrett (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

7:20

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Owain Williams.

7:05

Attempt saved. Myles Weston (Gillingham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

4:37

Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

3:56

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers).

3:56

Leon Legge (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:33

Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:33

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

1:28

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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