Tranmere 0-1 Sheffield Utd

Ash Taylor

Sheffield United leapfrogged Tranmere in the League One play-off places as Ash Taylor's own goal settled an often scrappy encounter at Prenton Park.

United's Jonathan Forte forced Owain Fon Williams to a fine diving save, but clear chances were few and far between.

The deadlock was broken just before the interval when a Tony McMahon shot was deflected into his own net by Taylor.

Rovers tried to raise the tempo after the break, but United came closest when Ryan Flynn's 30-yard shot hit the bar.

And they had another chance to double their lead when Barry Robson's drive was tipped over the bar by Fon Williams.

The home side introduced Adam McGurk as a substitute for his first appearance since suffering a collapsed lung and he had a shooting chance in the closing minutes, but a partial block took the pace off it and it was a easy for goalkeeper George Long.

The victory moved United up to fifth in the table, with games in hand on each of the sides above them, while Tranmere clung onto their place in the top six by virtue of Yeovil's inability to beat Walsall at home, the game ending goalless.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"To lose a game on such a mistake is just one of those things. Unfortunately for us, we've paid the price for it.

"If you're a defender, you should know what's around you. You should know you've got time to have two or three touches. You can't slash at the ball there.

"It was scrappy and a battle. I can't complain about the effort and commitment. Sheffield United did the dirty things well. We're a young side and we have to learn some of the old tricks that they've done well."

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

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Great response from Blades - Wilson

"We always had the belief we could do that [bounce back from the 4-0 defeat by Stevenage].

"We look back at that game now with a little bit of surprise about the scoreline. We just couldn't believe it happened.

"Then when you see us today, you think 'is that the same team that played at Stevenage' and I have to say it wasn't.

"But what a way to respond, against a team that's your nearest rivals and win at their place. It's a big bonus for us."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (2)

Tranmere

  • 01 fon Williams
  • 02 Holmes
  • 04 Taylor
  • 14 Bakayogo
  • 21 Gibson
  • 27 McGinty
  • 06 Palmer
  • 17 Power
  • 22 Bell-Baggie (McGurk - 65' )
  • 25 Sidibe Booked
  • 26 Akpa Akpro

Substitutes

  • 33 Mooney
  • 05 Goodison
  • 19 Kay
  • 12 Harrison
  • 11 McGurk
  • 16 Stockton
  • 20 O'Halloran

Sheffield Utd

  • 25 Long
  • 05 Maguire Booked
  • 06 Hill
  • 15 Collins
  • 29 McMahon
  • 07 Flynn Booked
  • 08 Doyle
  • 11 McDonald
  • 19 Robson
  • 14 Kitson
  • 16 Forte (Poleon - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 35 Coyne
  • 02 Westlake
  • 04 Higginbotham
  • 26 McFadzean
  • 09 Porter
  • 22 Poleon
  • 24 Ironside
Ref: Haines
Att: 9,145

Match Stats

Shots

3 9

On target

1 5

Corners

8 11

Fouls

12 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:25 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:36

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam McGurk from the right by-line to the near post.

90:00 +1:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin McDonald on Zoumana Bakayogo. Owain Fon Williams takes the direct free kick.

89:41

Short corner worked by Barry Robson.

88:34 Substitution

Substitution Dominic Poleon on for Jonathan Forte.

88:09

Barry Robson decides to take the corner short.

87:46

Barry Robson takes a short corner.

87:19

Short corner taken by Barry Robson from the left by-line.

86:03

Short corner worked by Barry Robson.

85:43

Barry Robson takes a shot. Save by Owain Fon Williams.

85:04

Barry Robson crosses the ball.

83:53

Ryan Flynn takes a shot.

81:10

Adam McGurk takes a shot. Save made by George Long.

81:05

Centre by Max Power.

79:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neill Collins on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Adam McGurk restarts play with the free kick.

78:16

Ryan Flynn is ruled offside. Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

77:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dave Kitson on Adam McGurk. Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

76:40

Neill Collins takes the direct free kick.

76:40 Booking

Booking Mamady Sidibe goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

76:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mamady Sidibe on Matthew Hill.

75:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mamady Sidibe on Kevin McDonald. Neill Collins takes the free kick.

73:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Forte on Ben Gibson. Owain Fon Williams takes the direct free kick.

72:50

Barry Robson takes a shot. Save by Owain Fon Williams.

70:52

Adam McGurk delivers the ball, clearance by Tony McMahon.

68:12

Mamady Sidibe challenges Kevin McDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony McMahon takes the free kick.

65:21

The ball is delivered by Mamady Sidibe, clearance made by Neill Collins.

64:22 Substitution

Substitution Adam McGurk joins the action as a substitute, replacing Abdulai Bell-Baggie.

63:14

Handball decision goes against Dave Kitson. Indirect free kick taken by Sean McGinty.

60:38

Zoumana Bakayogo concedes a free kick for a foul on Tony McMahon. George Long restarts play with the free kick.

57:24

Ash Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Dave Kitson. Tony McMahon takes the direct free kick.

56:37

The ball is crossed by Liam Palmer, Matthew Hill manages to make a clearance.

55:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Holmes by Dave Kitson. Free kick taken by Danny Holmes.

53:03

Michael Doyle takes a shot. Save by Owain Fon Williams.

50:27

Ash Taylor challenges Dave Kitson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Hill restarts play with the free kick.

48:48

Corner taken right-footed by Max Power from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Neill Collins.

46:30

Shot from deep inside the area by Sean McGinty clears the crossbar.

46:11

Short corner taken by Max Power.

45:34

Corner taken right-footed by Max Power to the near post, clearance made by Michael Doyle.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +1:41

The ball is delivered by Matthew Hill, clearance by Ash Taylor.

45:00 +0:18

Max Power challenges Tony McMahon unfairly and gives away a free kick. George Long takes the direct free kick.

44:07

Corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson from the left by-line, clearance by Sean McGinty.

43:15

The offside flag is raised against Jonathan Forte. Indirect free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

41:43

The assist for the goal came from Tony McMahon.

41:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Ash Taylor - Tranmere 0 - 1 Sheff Utd Ash Taylor scores an own goal. Tranmere 0-1 Sheff Utd.

41:24

Tony McMahon takes a shot.

41:16

Liam Palmer challenges Michael Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Hill.

39:53

Free kick taken by Danny Holmes.

39:53 Booking

Booking The referee shows Harry Maguire a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

39:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro by Harry Maguire.

37:15

Abdulai Bell-Baggie takes the free kick.

37:15 Booking

Booking Ryan Flynn is cautioned.

37:09

Ryan Flynn concedes a free kick for a foul on Max Power.

36:20

Zoumana Bakayogo sends in a cross, clearance by Harry Maguire.

35:21

Header by Dave Kitson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

34:46

Corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line played to the near post.

32:53

Jonathan Forte takes a shot. Owain Fon Williams makes a save.

29:16

Ash Taylor crosses the ball, Harry Maguire manages to make a clearance.

28:13

Tony McMahon fouled by Mamady Sidibe, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Robson takes the direct free kick.

28:04

The ball is sent over by Tony McMahon, Ash Taylor makes a clearance.

27:24

Mamady Sidibe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Flynn. George Long takes the free kick.

24:46

Outswinging corner taken by Barry Robson from the left by-line, clearance made by Ash Taylor.

23:25

Outswinging corner taken by Barry Robson from the left by-line, clearance made by Ash Taylor.

23:10

Jonathan Forte takes a shot. Save by Owain Fon Williams.

20:49

Abdulai Bell-Baggie concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Doyle. Free kick taken by Michael Doyle.

19:04

Corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson to the near post, clearance by Liam Palmer.

18:49

Centre by Ryan Flynn, Liam Palmer manages to make a clearance.

18:04

Barry Robson takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Liam Palmer.

15:54

A cross is delivered by Barry Robson, Owain Fon Williams makes a save.

13:56

Jonathan Forte has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

12:45

Inswinging corner taken by Max Power from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the box by Ben Gibson misses to the right of the target.

11:55

Mamady Sidibe fouled by Harry Maguire, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Max Power, Tony McMahon makes a clearance.

8:12

Jonathan Forte concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Gibson. Ben Gibson restarts play with the free kick.

7:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Abdulai Bell-Baggie by Matthew Hill. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

4:30

Max Power takes the inswinging corner, Dave Kitson makes a clearance.

4:12

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Max Power from the left by-line.

3:26

Corner taken right-footed by Max Power to the near post, Kevin McDonald makes a clearance.

2:01

Unfair challenge on Sean McGinty by Tony McMahon results in a free kick. Ben Gibson takes the direct free kick.

1:17

Unfair challenge on Harry Maguire by Max Power results in a free kick. Free kick taken by George Long.

0:29

Centre by Matthew Hill, clearance by Ash Taylor.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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