Tranmere and Carlisle both remain in relegation trouble in League One after a goalless draw at Prenton Park.

Carlisle keeper Jordan Pickford made a number of vital saves for the visitors, denying both Ryan Lowe and Jake Cassidy who had chances to open the scoring.

On the day chairman Peter Johnson revealed the sale of the club had fallen through, Rovers wasted a number of openings throughout the game.

Gary Madine had the Cumbrians' best chances but his shot was easily saved.

Both sides now sit on 40 points, with the same goal difference, but Tranmere are out of the relegation places because they have scored more goals.

Tranmere caretaker manager John McMahon told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"It was our aim to start well and get them on the back foot, which we did.

"As always, the players have stuck at it. We had a great spell for 20 minutes where we penned them in, but when you have pressure like that, you have to score. Unfortunately we haven't.

"[Tranmere captain] James Wallace will be out for three or four weeks with a tear in his groin."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Tranmere Rovers

  • 01 Williams
  • 29 Pennington
  • 23 Ridehalgh
  • 17 Power
  • 04 Taylor
  • 05 Goodison Booked
  • 15 Kirby (Ariyibi - 74' )
  • 18 Jennings
  • 14 Cassidy Booked
  • 09 Lowe
  • 26 Akpa-Akpro

Substitutes

  • 02 Holmes
  • 12 Rowe
  • 16 Stockton
  • 20 Brown
  • 25 Ariyibi
  • 28 Boland
  • 33 Mooney

Carlisle United

  • 18 Pickford
  • 19 Symington
  • 04 Chantler
  • 30 Meppen-Walter (Brown - 66' )
  • 12 Thirlwell
  • 23 O'Hanlon
  • 21 Berrett
  • 16 Potts
  • 29 Guy (Byrne - 65' )
  • 10 Madine
  • 24 Redmond (Gomez Novo - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Fleming
  • 25 Byrne
  • 26 Lynch
  • 27 Brough
  • 28 Brown
  • 32 Dempsey
  • 33 Gomez Novo
Ref: Stuart Attwell
Att: 5,215

Match Stats

Shots

15 14

On target

4 4

Corners

15 6

Fouls

13 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Carlisle United 0.

90:00 +3:18 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Carlisle United 0.

90:00 +2:28

Attempt missed. Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +2:04

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by David Symington.

90:00 +1:06

Attempt missed. Gary Madine (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

90:00 +0:15

Attempt saved. Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

89:47 Booking

Booking Ian Goodison (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

89:32

Foul by Ian Goodison (Tranmere Rovers).

89:32

Brad Potts (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:32

Attempt saved. James Berrett (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

85:45

Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:45

Foul by Nacho Novo (Carlisle United).

84:02

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Liam Ridehalgh.

82:13

Attempt missed. Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

80:40

Ian Goodison (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:40

Foul by Gary Madine (Carlisle United).

79:57

Attempt saved. Gary Madine (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

79:28

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

77:31

Attempt missed. Gboly Ariyibi (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

77:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Nacho Novo replaces Daniel Redmond.

76:20

Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

73:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Gboly Ariyibi replaces Jake Kirby.

72:57

Attempt missed. Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

72:30

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

71:50

Attempt missed. Gary Madine (Carlisle United) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

71:30

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

71:16

Attempt blocked. Brad Potts (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

66:36

Attempt missed. Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

66:26

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

66:14

Attempt saved. Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

65:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Reece Brown replaces Courtney Meppen-Walter because of an injury.

64:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Sam Byrne replaces Lewis Guy.

64:20

Foul by Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

64:20

James Berrett (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

63:38

Foul by Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers).

63:38

Daniel Redmond (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

62:12

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

60:49

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

60:01

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Owain Williams.

59:51

Attempt saved. Brad Potts (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

57:33

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Courtney Meppen-Walter.

57:04

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by David Symington.

53:43

Attempt missed. Daniel Redmond (Carlisle United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

53:16

Dangerous play by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

53:16

Brad Potts (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:24

Attempt blocked. Gary Madine (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

51:56

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Max Power.

51:11

Foul by Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers).

51:11

(Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:37

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Chris Chantler.

49:30

Attempt missed. Brad Potts (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

47:36

Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

47:36

David Symington (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:11

Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:11

Foul by Courtney Meppen-Walter (Carlisle United).

45:00

Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 0, Carlisle United 0.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Carlisle United 0.

43:56 Booking

Booking Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

43:46

Foul by Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers).

43:46

Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:57

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Chris Chantler.

39:28

Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:28

Foul by Brad Potts (Carlisle United).

36:38

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Paul Thirlwell.

35:34

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

35:34

David Symington (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

35:02

Attempt saved. Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

30:28

Foul by Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

30:28

Brad Potts (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:51

Attempt missed. Brad Potts (Carlisle United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

27:10

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Chris Chantler.

25:22

Foul by Max Power (Tranmere Rovers).

25:22

James Berrett (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:06

Attempt missed. Courtney Meppen-Walter (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

22:03

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

22:03

David Symington (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:43

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

19:00

Attempt missed. Gary Madine (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

16:32

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

16:32

Foul by Lewis Guy (Carlisle United).

15:17

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

12:16

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Daniel Redmond.

11:58

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

11:47

Attempt saved. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner.

11:14

Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:14

Foul by David Symington (Carlisle United).

9:39

Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

9:00

Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

9:00

Gary Madine (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:25

Foul by Matthew Pennington (Tranmere Rovers).

6:25

Chris Chantler (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:19

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

3:49

Attempt missed. Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

3:31

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Sean O'Hanlon.

2:28

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by James Berrett.

2:09

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by James Berrett.

1:37

Attempt blocked. Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

1:17

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Sean O'Hanlon.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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