Scunthorpe 1-3 Tranmere

Tranmere Rovers striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro

A Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro brace helped League One leaders Tranmere come from behind to beat Scunthorpe and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

The Iron took the lead when Karl Hawley steered home a header from Jimmy Ryan's pin-point delivery.

Rovers levelled through James Wallace, who nodded in Adam McGurk's cross.

And Akpa Akpro put the visitors ahead shortly afterwards when he fired home from close range, before seizing on a defensive mix-up to wrap up the match.

The French-born striker has now scored seven goals so far this season.

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Alan Knill

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Knill blames set-pieces again

Scunthorpe United manager Alan Knill told BBC Radio Humberside:

"We were excellent in the first half and pretty poor in the second. We're saying the same things, two set-pieces have really changed the game around and sometimes you have to give the opposition credit, they played better in the second half.

"It's the set-plays that cost us and it was on Saturday. All you do is ask someone to put their head in before the opposition and at the moment we're not doing that. Until you do that you're never going to keep a clean sheet.

"We went from back to front quicker than what we usually do or we try to and in the end you give the ball back to the opposition and they've got some good players."

Tranmere Rovers manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"For the last three games, our first 45 minutes haven't been good. We said one or two words at half time because I thought they were beatable.

"To be fair, they've shown lots of spirit and what they're all about. Once we got the equaliser, there was only one team that was going to win.

"Some of our football was breathtaking at times, especially late on. We've got good players in there and they just need that belief."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (3)

Scunthorpe

  • 01 Slocombe
  • 02 Ribeiro
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 15 Canavan
  • 21 Newey
  • 04 Walker
  • 07 Ryan
  • 16 Duffy (Barcham - 76' )
  • 24 Prutton Booked (Grella - 82' )
  • 09 Clarke
  • 22 Hawley

Substitutes

  • 13 Severn
  • 06 Reid
  • 14 Gibbons
  • 25 Sedgwick
  • 10 Grella
  • 11 Barcham
  • 12 Jennings

Tranmere

  • 01 fon Williams
  • 02 Holmes
  • 04 Taylor
  • 14 Bakayogo
  • 21 Gibson
  • 06 Palmer Booked
  • 08 Wallace
  • 10 Robinson (McGurk - 22' )
  • 09 Cassidy
  • 22 Bell-Baggie
  • 26 Akpa Akpro

Substitutes

  • 33 Mooney
  • 19 Kay
  • 23 Golobart
  • 12 Harrison
  • 15 Kirby
  • 11 McGurk
  • 16 Stockton
Ref: Tierney
Att: 2,768

Match Stats

Shots

10 10

On target

7 6

Corners

7 6

Fouls

15 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:03 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

89:05

Mike Grella challenges Danny Holmes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Holmes.

87:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro - Scunthorpe 1 - 3 Tranmere Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 1-3 Tranmere.

84:58

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mike Grella from the right by-line, clearance by Adam McGurk. Inswinging corner taken by Jimmy Ryan.

84:14

Andy Barcham fouled by Danny Holmes, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Josh Walker.

82:52

Jake Cassidy has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

81:52 Substitution

Substitution Mike Grella on for David Prutton.

80:27

The ball is crossed by Liam Palmer, clearance by Niall Canavan.

79:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Newey on Abdulai Bell-Baggie. Danny Holmes takes the free kick.

79:02

Tom Newey produces a cross.

78:08

Jimmy Ryan challenges Adam McGurk unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Zoumana Bakayogo.

77:29

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Jake Cassidy goes wide of the right-hand upright.

76:13

Adam McGurk crosses the ball, Effort from inside the area by Jake Cassidy misses to the left of the goal.

74:54 Substitution

Substitution Mark Duffy leaves the field to be replaced by Andy Barcham.

74:54

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Newey. Direct free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

72:14

The referee blows for offside against Mark Duffy. Owain Fon Williams takes the indirect free kick.

70:52

Shot from 25 yards from Liam Palmer. Blocked by Niall Canavan. Adam McGurk takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Christian Ribeiro manages to make a clearance.

69:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Gibson by Leon Clarke. Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

69:09 Booking

Booking Liam Palmer goes into the book for time wasting.

68:57

Mark Duffy fouled by Danny Holmes, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Newey.

65:35

The assist for the goal came from Adam McGurk.

65:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro - Scunthorpe 1 - 2 Tranmere Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 1-2 Tranmere.

64:55

Corner taken left-footed by Adam McGurk,

63:24

The assist for the goal came from Adam McGurk.

63:24 Goal scored

Goal! - James Wallace - Scunthorpe 1 - 1 Tranmere James Wallace grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Scunthorpe 1-1 Tranmere.

62:52

Corner taken left-footed by Adam McGurk from the right by-line to the near post,

61:59

The referee blows for offside against Karl Hawley. Ash Taylor takes the indirect free kick.

59:44

Free kick crossed by Adam McGurk, blocked by Christian Ribeiro. Corner taken right-footed by Abdulai Bell-Baggie, clearance by Niall Canavan.

59:44 Booking

Booking David Prutton receives a caution.

59:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Wallace by David Prutton.

59:00

The ball is crossed by James Wallace, clearance made by Josh Walker.

58:40

A cross is delivered by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, David Mirfin makes a clearance.

57:27

A cross is delivered by David Prutton, Owain Fon Williams makes a save.

55:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Leon Clarke on James Wallace. Zoumana Bakayogo restarts play with the free kick.

54:59

Centre by Abdulai Bell-Baggie, clearance made by Mark Duffy.

54:37

Foul by David Prutton on Liam Palmer, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ben Gibson.

53:13

Leon Clarke is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Holmes.

51:17

Ben Gibson concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Clarke. Direct free kick taken by Christian Ribeiro.

50:05

Foul by Jimmy Ryan on Abdulai Bell-Baggie, free kick awarded. Abdulai Bell-Baggie restarts play with the free kick.

49:19

The ball is sent over by James Wallace.

47:45

Christian Ribeiro challenges Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam McGurk.

47:14

Christian Ribeiro takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Owain Fon Williams.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +1:14 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:31

Shot on goal by Zoumana Bakayogo from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

44:55

Shot from 25 yards from Mark Duffy. Save made by Owain Fon Williams.

44:26

Adam McGurk gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christian Ribeiro. Christian Ribeiro restarts play with the free kick.

42:47

James Wallace takes a shot. Sam Slocombe makes a comfortable save.

40:45

Karl Hawley is ruled offside. Owain Fon Williams takes the indirect free kick.

40:19

Foul by Zoumana Bakayogo on Mark Duffy, free kick awarded. Christian Ribeiro takes the free kick.

38:57

Corner taken right-footed by David Prutton from the right by-line, Karl Hawley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Holmes. Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

37:33

The ball is crossed by Christian Ribeiro, Effort on goal by Jimmy Ryan from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

36:17

David Mirfin concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. James Wallace takes the direct free kick.

35:11

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

34:33

Abdulai Bell-Baggie sends in a cross, Tom Newey manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam McGurk, Leon Clarke manages to make a clearance.

33:50

Christian Ribeiro sends in a cross, clearance by Danny Holmes.

33:05

Adam McGurk challenges Mark Duffy unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by David Prutton from right wing, clearance by Zoumana Bakayogo. Corner taken short by Mark Duffy.

31:38

The ball is sent over by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, Niall Canavan makes a clearance.

30:41

Leon Clarke is penalised for a handball. Ben Gibson takes the direct free kick.

28:50

Jake Cassidy sends in a cross, Sam Slocombe makes a comfortable save.

27:27

Josh Walker fouled by James Wallace, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Mirfin.

27:13

Mark Duffy challenges Zoumana Bakayogo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam McGurk restarts play with the free kick.

25:43

Jimmy Ryan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Holmes. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Adam McGurk. The offside flag is raised against Ben Gibson. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

24:45

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jake Cassidy. Sam Slocombe restarts play with the free kick.

24:29

The ball is delivered by David Prutton, Owain Fon Williams makes a clearance.

23:25

Corner taken left-footed by Adam McGurk, Tom Newey makes a clearance. Ash Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Niall Canavan. Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

21:03 Substitution

Substitution Adam McGurk comes on in place of Andy Robinson.

19:54

Centre by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, save by Owain Fon Williams.

19:23

Karl Hawley concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Gibson. Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

19:06

The ball is sent over by Christian Ribeiro, Ben Gibson makes a clearance.

16:06

Christian Ribeiro produces a cross, clearance by Andy Robinson. Outswinging corner taken by David Prutton, Josh Walker has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

14:47

Jimmy Ryan provided the assist for the goal.

14:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Karl Hawley - Scunthorpe 1 - 0 Tranmere Karl Hawley grabs a headed goal from inside the box. Scunthorpe 1-0 Tranmere.

10:47

The referee blows for offside against Abdulai Bell-Baggie. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

8:35

Foul by Ben Gibson on Leon Clarke, free kick awarded. Mark Duffy fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Owain Fon Williams. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Prutton from the right by-line to the near post, Foul by David Mirfin on Ash Taylor, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

8:01

Shot from 20 yards by Jake Cassidy. Save by Sam Slocombe.

7:34

Effort from 18 yards by Karl Hawley. Comfortable save by Owain Fon Williams.

7:19

Leon Clarke has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Blocked by Ash Taylor.

4:06

Mark Duffy has a drilled shot. Blocked by Ben Gibson. Corner taken by David Prutton from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Danny Holmes.

2:15

Header from deep inside the area by Karl Hawley goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

0:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Karl Hawley by Ben Gibson. Direct free kick taken by David Prutton.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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