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Tranmere Rovers 1-2 Gillingham

Adebayo Akinfenwa's first goals since August helped Gillingham beat 10-man Tranmere, who failed to ease their relegation fears.

Akinfenwa put Gills ahead with a fierce shot from inside the box.

Tranmere's Jim McNulty was sent off 10 minutes after the break for bringing down Cody McDonald when clean through.

Akinfenwa's close-range second doubled the lead before Ryan Lowe rounded Stuart Nelson to tap into an empty net to give Tranmere late hope.

It was Gillingham's first win in four games, while Tranmere sit two points above the bottom four.

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Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"It was a tough night. If you put their two centre-backs in our team, we win the game. We can't defend. If you can't defend, you don't win games.

"We've got two guys who think they're footballers. They're centre-backs and their living is to head it and kick it.

"We always looked like we were going to get a goal, but every time they went forward, they looked they were going to score. That's the way it's been for the last few weeks."

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

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Post match: Gillingham boss Taylor

"We made awfully hard work of it. The effort was fantastic. We conceded a bad goal to make it a nervy finish and we have to do better than that.

"But overall I've got to be pleased with three points. We've just got to take our chances a bit more.

"I thought last Saturday there was a good feeling. The supporters played a massive part and gave us the confidence to come here and put on a massive performance."

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Williams
  • 2Holmes
  • 23Ridehalgh
  • 22Koumas
  • 4Taylor
  • 20McNultyBooked at 56mins
  • 25PetersonSubstituted forRobinsonat 72'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 8J Wallace
  • 26Akpa AkproSubstituted forStocktonat 64'minutes
  • 9Lowe
  • 15KirbySubstituted forHorwoodat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Horwood
  • 10Robinson
  • 14Atkinson
  • 16Stockton
  • 17Power
  • 31Otsemobor
  • 33Mooney

Gillingham

  • 1NelsonBooked at 77mins
  • 23Harriman
  • 3J Martin
  • 31Hessenthaler
  • 26Barrett
  • 6Legge
  • 15DackBooked at 34mins
  • 12Gregory
  • 10McDonald
  • 8AkinfenwaSubstituted forLeeat 72'minutes
  • 11WestonSubstituted forGermanat 22'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Davies
  • 16German
  • 18Lee
  • 21Howard
  • 27Fagan
  • 28Daniels
  • 30Hare
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
6,251

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Gillingham 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Gillingham 2.
Attempt saved. James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Attempt saved. James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers).
Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

Booking

Stuart Nelson (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Gillingham 2. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Robinson replaces Kristoffer Peterson.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Charlie Lee replaces Adebayo Akinfenwa because of an injury.
Foul by Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers).
Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 0, Gillingham 2. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.
Attempt saved. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Leon Legge.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Bradley Dack.
Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).
Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Cole Stockton replaces Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.
Attempt missed. James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers).
Leon Legge (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Liam Ridehalgh.
Attempt blocked. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Evan Horwood replaces Jake Kirby.

Dismissal

Jimmy McNulty (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the red card for a bad foul.
Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Tranmere Rovers).
Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Steven Gregory.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Michael Harriman.
Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt blocked. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 0, Gillingham 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Gillingham 1.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 0, Gillingham 1. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Leon Legge.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Michael Harriman.
Attempt saved. Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.
Attempt saved. James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Hand ball by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).
Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers).
Foul by Kristoffer Peterson (Tranmere Rovers).
Michael Harriman (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Joe Martin.
Attempt blocked. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers).
Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Antonio German (Gillingham).
Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
goal

As It Stood

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6Rotherham20974934
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8Swindon20938930
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14Carlisle20668-1024
15Crawley20587-523
16Shrewsbury20578-222
17Oldham19649-322
18Colchester20497-921
19Sheff Utd205510-920
20Tranmere215511-1520
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