Notts County 0-1 Tranmere
Tranmere maintained their four-point lead at the top of League One with victory over Notts County who suffered a second home defeat in a week.
First-half substitute Joe Thompson grabbed the only goal, heading in at the far post after great work by Abdulai Bell-Baggie.
Notts had plenty of possession but the visitors created the better chances.
Jake Cassidy spurned a great opening before the interval and Bell-Baggie could have had a second-half hat-trick.
But Rovers, who are now nine points clear of Notts and still four ahead of Stevenage in second place, did not need the security of a second goal.
Notts, who slip to seventh place, started encouragingly and enjoyed plenty of the ball on a glorious sunny day at Meadow Lane.
But for all their neat touches and nimble footwork in the middle of the park, they rarely threatened the visitors' goal.
A against fellow promotion rivals in six days illustrates why Notts manager Keith Curle is eager to bring in a new striker.
The Magpies' only noteworthy first-half efforts came when the ever-industrious Neal Bishop hopelessly miskicked from 12 yards after a fine run by new signing Jordan Stewart, and Jamal Campbell-Ryce fired a shot wide after cutting in from the right flank.
But by that time, the hosts were already trailing to a highly-disciplined Rovers, who played with all the confidence of a side who were four points clear at the top of the table heading into this fixture.
Thompson, an 18th-minute replacement for the injured Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, was the scorer, rising at the far post to head in Bell-Baggie's deep right-wing cross.
Cassidy wasted a great one-on-one opportunity to double the lead, but could only shoot straight at the on-rushing Notts keeper Bartosz Bialkowski.
Notts introduced Lee Hughes in the second period but, despite adopting a more direct approach, still struggled to create chances.
Yoann Arquin failed to get a decent connection with a glancing header and Gary Liddle headed over from a corner.
But Tranmere should have been out of sight by the time they safely negotiated a nervy last five minutes.
The excellent Bell-Baggie hit the post and also sent two rasping low efforts narrowly wide.
And he teed up Cassidy who also drilled a low effort just wide of the right-hand post after a swift counter-attack.
Bialkowski also pulled off a fantastic stop from James Wallace.
Rovers, who could easily have had Ash Taylor sent off for a late lunge on the home keeper, held on and were able to celebrate in front of a noisy and delighted travelling away support of nearly 1,000.
- 01 Bialkowski
- 06 Leacock
- 27 Regan Booked
- 29 Stewart
- 04 Bishop Booked
- 08 Liddle
- 10 Judge
- 11 J Hughes (L Hughes - 46' )
- 20 Campbell-Ryce (Showunmi - 77' )
- 28 Boucaud
- 15 Arquin (Zoko - 62' )
- 23 Speiss
- 34 Eastham
- 14 Mahon
- 18 Bencherif
- 09 Showunmi
- 13 Zoko
- 19 L Hughes
- 01 fon Williams
- 02 Holmes
- 04 Taylor
- 14 Bakayogo
- 21 Gibson
- 06 Palmer
- 08 Wallace
- 09 Cassidy
- 11 McGurk
- 22 Bell-Baggie
- 26 Akpa Akpro (Thompson - 18' )
- 33 Mooney
- 03 Black
- 19 Kay
- 07 Thompson
- 12 Harrison
- 17 Power
- 16 Stockton
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.90:00 +3:11
Unfair challenge on Danny Holmes by Lee Hughes results in a free kick. Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.90:00 +2:37
The ball is sent over by Andre Boucaud, James Wallace manages to make a clearance.90:00 +1:53
Andre Boucaud produces a cross, clearance made by Zoumana Bakayogo.89:33
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Stewart on Abdulai Bell-Baggie. Danny Holmes restarts play with the free kick.89:09
Jake Cassidy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Bartosz Bialkowski takes the free kick.87:35
A cross is delivered by Jake Cassidy, Joe Thompson has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.85:15
The ball is swung over by Alan Judge, clearance by Danny Holmes.84:45
The ball is swung over by Lee Hughes, Owain Fon Williams manages to make a clearance.84:32
Danny Holmes crosses the ball, Carl Regan manages to make a clearance.83:10
Free kick awarded for a foul by Francois Zoko on Joe Thompson. Zoumana Bakayogo takes the direct free kick.82:00
Joe Thompson is ruled offside. Bartosz Bialkowski takes the free kick.81:00
Carl Regan has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.79:30
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Alan Judge from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Gary Liddle goes over the bar.78:16
Foul by Neal Bishop on Zoumana Bakayogo, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ben Gibson.76:56 Substitution
Substitution Enoch Showunmi is brought on as a substitute for Jamal Campbell-Ryce.76:20
Abdulai Bell-Baggie produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that hits the post.75:05
Abdulai Bell-Baggie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Stewart. Gary Liddle takes the direct free kick.71:51
Shot by Abdulai Bell-Baggie from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.68:45
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andre Boucaud by Adam McGurk. Bartosz Bialkowski takes the direct free kick.
Adam McGurk takes a shot. Save made by Bartosz Bialkowski.66:50
Jake Cassidy has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.65:36
Jake Cassidy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Bartosz Bialkowski takes the free kick.65:14
The ball is delivered by Alan Judge, Francois Zoko takes a shot. Owain Fon Williams makes a save.65:04
Centre by Alan Judge, Ash Taylor manages to make a clearance.63:22
Abdulai Bell-Baggie has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.61:48 Substitution
Substitution Francois Zoko on for Yoann Arquin.60:01
The ball is sent over by Jamal Campbell-Ryce, clearance by Danny Holmes. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Alan Judge from the right by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Holmes by Yoann Arquin. Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.59:23
Foul by Neal Bishop on Ash Taylor, free kick awarded. Liam Palmer takes the direct free kick.57:34
A cross is delivered by Jamal Campbell-Ryce, blocked by Danny Holmes.55:21
Adam McGurk delivers the ball, Gary Liddle makes a clearance.52:42
Jake Cassidy produces a cross, save made by Bartosz Bialkowski.52:15
The ball is delivered by Adam McGurk, Dean Leacock makes a clearance.51:36
Neal Bishop gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Wallace. Direct free kick taken by Ben Gibson.50:05
Owain Fon Williams takes the direct free kick.50:05 Booking
Booking Neal Bishop is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.49:16
Foul by Bartosz Bialkowski on Ash Taylor, free kick awarded.48:32
Free kick taken by Zoumana Bakayogo.48:32 Booking
Booking Caution for Carl Regan.48:23
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Thompson by Carl Regan.46:57
Centre by Joe Thompson, Neal Bishop manages to make a clearance.45:01
The second half kicks off.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Lee Hughes replaces Jeff Hughes.45:00 +1:19 Half time
Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.45:00 +0:42
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Jamal Campbell-Ryce misses to the left of the target.44:38
The ball is delivered by Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Ash Taylor manages to make a clearance.42:21
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Alan Judge from the right by-line, clearance by Joe Thompson.42:13
Yoann Arquin crosses the ball, Jake Cassidy makes a clearance.41:38
Neal Bishop fouled by Jake Cassidy, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Alan Judge.41:00
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andre Boucaud by Jake Cassidy. Free kick crossed right-footed by Alan Judge from left channel, Ash Taylor manages to make a clearance.39:40
Jordan Stewart takes a shot. Liam Palmer gets a block in. Jeff Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zoumana Bakayogo. Owain Fon Williams takes the direct free kick.38:46
Adam McGurk takes a shot. Save by Bartosz Bialkowski.37:55
Effort on goal by Yoann Arquin from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.37:34
Jordan Stewart delivers the ball, Ben Gibson makes a clearance.36:37
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamal Campbell-Ryce by Zoumana Bakayogo. Carl Regan takes the free kick.33:32
James Wallace takes a shot. Save by Bartosz Bialkowski. Inswinging corner taken by Adam McGurk, Joe Thompson takes a shot. Save made by Bartosz Bialkowski.32:16
Abdulai Bell-Baggie fouled by Andre Boucaud, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam McGurk.31:12
Centre by Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Neal Bishop makes a clearance.30:41
Andre Boucaud challenges Liam Palmer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Holmes restarts play with the free kick.29:54
Adam McGurk has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.28:57
Jake Cassidy takes a shot. Bartosz Bialkowski makes a save.28:09
The ball is swung over by Danny Holmes, Carl Regan manages to make a clearance.24:10
Yoann Arquin concedes a free kick for a foul on James Wallace. Strike on goal comes in from Adam McGurk from the free kick, save by Bartosz Bialkowski.23:31
The ball is delivered by Joe Thompson, Carl Regan gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Adam McGurk.21:03
Assist by Abdulai Bell-Baggie.21:03 Goal scored
Goal! - Joe Thompson - Notts Co 0 - 1 Tranmere Joe Thompson grabs a headed goal from close range. Notts County 0-1 Tranmere.19:27
Jamal Campbell-Ryce produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.18:22
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andre Boucaud by Adam McGurk. Carl Regan takes the free kick.17:13
Corner taken by Jeff Hughes from the right by-line, Danny Holmes makes a clearance.17:13 Substitution
Substitution Joe Thompson comes on in place of Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.16:55
Neal Bishop takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Gibson.15:00
The official flags Yoann Arquin offside. Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.13:46
Headed effort from inside the area by Ben Gibson misses to the right of the target.12:50
Abdulai Bell-Baggie takes a shot. Andre Boucaud gets a block in. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Wallace by Andre Boucaud. Danny Holmes takes the direct free kick.12:00
The ball is sent over by Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Liam Palmer misses to the right of the target.11:03
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Holmes by Alan Judge. Free kick taken by Liam Palmer.10:54
Adam McGurk produces a cross, clearance made by Gary Liddle.5:43
Jordan Stewart produces a cross.5:16
A cross is delivered by Alan Judge, Ash Taylor manages to make a clearance.4:30
Shot from just outside the box by Adam McGurk goes over the bar.3:55
Jeff Hughes is ruled offside. Owain Fon Williams takes the indirect free kick.3:24
A cross is delivered by Jamal Campbell-Ryce, save by Owain Fon Williams.2:37
Danny Holmes crosses the ball, Jamal Campbell-Ryce manages to make a clearance.1:58
Adam McGurk fouled by Carl Regan, the ref awards a free kick. Zoumana Bakayogo restarts play with the free kick.1:21
Danny Holmes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamal Campbell-Ryce. Free kick crossed right-footed by Alan Judge, Ben Gibson makes a clearance.0:00
The game begins.
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