Tranmere were relegated to League Two as they lost to Bradford City - after results went against them elsewhere.

Crewe Alexandra's win over Preston and Notts County's point at Oldham were enough to relegate Rovers.

But Tranmere surrendered a lead given to them by Matthew Pennington's early strike to increase the suffering.

After on-loan winger Junior Brown was red-carded on 31 minutes, City came back to beat 10-man Rovers with late goals from Jon Stead and Aaron McLean.

The Bantams equalised on 81 minutes when Stead's shot found the bottom-left corner.

And McLean sealed Tranmere's fate when he found the same spot from 16 yards out six minutes later.

Rovers return to English football's fourth tier after spending 13 seasons in League One.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Tranmere Rovers

  • 33 Mooney
  • 29 Pennington
  • 23 Ridehalgh (Kirby - 90' )
  • 18 Jennings
  • 05 Goodison
  • 04 Taylor
  • 17 Power (Rowe - 89' )
  • 22 Koumas
  • 26 Akpa-Akpro
  • 09 Lowe
  • 20 Brown Dismissed

Substitutes

  • 02 Holmes
  • 11 Bell-Baggie
  • 12 Rowe
  • 13 Ramsbottom
  • 15 Kirby
  • 16 Stockton
  • 32 Arthurworrey

Bradford City

  • 01 McLaughlan
  • 02 Darby
  • 06 Drury (Meredith - 59' )
  • 24 Doyle (De Vita - 74' )
  • 23 McArdle
  • 05 Davies
  • 11 Thompson (Bennett - 59' )
  • 18 Jones Booked
  • 17 Stead
  • 21 McLean
  • 14 Yeates

Substitutes

  • 03 Meredith
  • 04 Dolan
  • 12 Jameson
  • 16 McHugh
  • 20 De Vita
  • 27 McBurnie
  • 32 Bennett
Ref: Graham Scott
Att: 9,598

Match Stats

Shots

7 14

On target

3 5

Corners

7 7

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Bradford City 2.

90:00 +4:29 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Bradford City 2.

90:00 +4:14

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Jon McLaughlan.

90:00 +3:59

Attempt saved. Matthew Pennington (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

90:00 +2:49

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

90:00 +0:37

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Andrew Davies.

89:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jake Kirby replaces Liam Ridehalgh.

88:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. James Rowe replaces Max Power.

88:17

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

88:02

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

87:47

Attempt blocked. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

86:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Bradford City 2. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kyle Bennett.

82:54

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by James Meredith.

82:46

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

80:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Bradford City 1. Jon Stead (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mark Yeates.

79:21

Foul by Raffaele De Vita (Bradford City).

79:21

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

78:08

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Ian Goodison.

77:40

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Steven Jennings.

76:42

Aaron McLean (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:42

Foul by Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

73:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bradford City. Raffaele De Vita replaces Nathan Doyle.

72:50

Attempt missed. Mark Yeates (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

70:36

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Bradford City).

70:36

Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:10

Attempt blocked. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

68:48

Foul by Stephen Darby (Bradford City).

68:48

Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:46

Foul by Rory McArdle (Bradford City).

67:46

Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:00

Stephen Darby (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:00

Foul by Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

65:01

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

63:00

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Ian Goodison.

61:54

Foul by James Meredith (Bradford City).

61:54

Max Power (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:26

Kyle Bennett (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:26

Foul by Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers).

60:35

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Bradford City).

60:35

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

59:56

Attempt missed. Mark Yeates (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

59:30

Kyle Bennett (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:30

Foul by Ian Goodison (Tranmere Rovers).

58:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bradford City. James Meredith replaces Adam Drury.

58:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bradford City. Kyle Bennett replaces Garry Thompson.

54:10

Attempt missed. Adam Drury (Bradford City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

47:09

Attempt missed. Jon Stead (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 1, Bradford City 0.

45:00 +5:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Bradford City 0.

45:00 +4:09

Attempt missed. Jon Stead (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

45:00 +3:16

Foul by Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers).

45:00 +3:16

Garry Thompson (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:21

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

41:21

Foul by Gary Jones (Bradford City).

39:44

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Ian Goodison.

35:38

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Ian Goodison.

30:13 Dismissal

Dismissal Junior Brown (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the red card.

30:00

Nathan Doyle (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29:41

Foul by Junior Brown (Tranmere Rovers).

28:13

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

28:13

Foul by Rory McArdle (Bradford City).

26:00

Foul by Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers).

26:00

Jon Stead (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:30

Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:30

Foul by Nathan Doyle (Bradford City).

22:50

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

22:50

Nathan Doyle (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:55

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Stephen Darby.

19:28

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Jon McLaughlan.

19:13

Attempt saved. Max Power (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

17:34

Max Power (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

17:34

Foul by Adam Drury (Bradford City).

16:51

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

14:56 Booking

Booking Gary Jones (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

14:35

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

14:35

Foul by Gary Jones (Bradford City).

11:42

Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:42

Foul by Andrew Davies (Bradford City).

11:17

Attempt missed. Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

10:29

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Stephen Darby.

9:51

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Rory McArdle.

8:44

Foul by Matthew Pennington (Tranmere Rovers).

8:44

Adam Drury (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

7:31

Attempt saved. Jon Stead (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

6:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Bradford City 0. Matthew Pennington (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Max Power.

1:53

Attempt saved. Nathan Doyle (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

1:16

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Jason Mooney.

0:52

Attempt saved. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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