FA Cup - First Round
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Accrington Stanley 0-1 Tranmere Rovers

Ryan Lowe

Tranmere scored a controversial late winner to see off League Two Accrington Stanley and progress to the second round of the FA Cup.

Rovers went close through James Gray's high strike and Kal Naismith's effort being saved by Owain Fon Williams.

There were few clear-cut chances in the second half until the late controversy.

Accrington's defence were caught waiting for the offside flag when Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro found Ryan Lowe who finished in style.

Lowe also had the ball in the net in the first half, but that one was ruled out for offside.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Accrington manager James Beattie told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It's hard to take because we're out of the FA Cup but I was delighted with the performance.

"I thought we totally outplayed a League One side and I'm very excited by what I've seen today.

"It all boils down to converting your chances. If we'd have got the first goal, we would have imposed ourselves on the game even more."

Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"I'm disappointed with the way we played because we've played a lot better than that this season.

"We stayed in the game and dug it out without playing particularly well.

"For the goal, it was a great ball from Jean-Louis and a hell of a finish from Ryan Lowe."

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 26Bettinelli
  • 16HuntSubstituted forWindassat 45'minutes
  • 27Naylor
  • 4Joyce
  • 5Aldred
  • 6Winnard
  • 15Mingoia
  • 2Murphy
  • 24Odejayi
  • 17GraySubstituted forBowermanat 76'minutes
  • 11Naismith

Substitutes

  • 1Dunbavin
  • 3Liddle
  • 7McCartan
  • 10Hatfield
  • 20Windass
  • 23Mahoney
  • 44Bowerman

Tranmere

  • 1Williams
  • 2Holmes
  • 23Ridehalgh
  • 14Atkinson
  • 4Taylor
  • 20McNulty
  • 11Bell-BaggieSubstituted forStocktonat 87'minutes
  • 6HateleySubstituted forAkpa Akproat 59'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 9Lowe
  • 22Koumas
  • 15Kirby

Substitutes

  • 3Horwood
  • 5Goodison
  • 12Rowe
  • 16Stockton
  • 18Jennings
  • 26Akpa Akpro
  • 33Mooney
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
1,711

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Tranmere Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Tranmere Rovers 1.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Luke Joyce.

Goal!

Goal! Accrington Stanley 0, Tranmere Rovers 1. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

Booking

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Attempt missed. Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Cole Stockton replaces Abdulai Bell-Baggie.

Foul by Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley).

Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Danny Holmes.

Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley).

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

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Tranmere Rovers).

Attempt saved. Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. George Bowerman replaces James Gray.

Attempt missed. Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Abdulai Bell-Baggie (Tranmere Rovers).

Foul by Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley).

Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Peter Murphy.

Attempt blocked. Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro replaces Tom Hateley.

Attempt missed. Lee Naylor (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

James Gray (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers).

Attempt missed. Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

Attempt saved. Chris Atkinson (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley).

Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Tranmere Rovers).

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