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Tranmere Rovers 3-1 Coventry City

Tranmere ran out comfortable winners over Coventry in their first game without suspended boss Ronnie Moore.

Ryan Lowe opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Billy Daniels brought down Matthew Pennington.

Sky Blues captain Carl Baker had two shots saved in quick succession, but Conor Thomas then headed into his own net to double the hosts' lead.

Jake Kirby slotted in Matthew Kennedy's cross for 3-0, before Michael Petrasso pulled one back with a low strike.

Tranmere boss Moore was suspended by the club on Monday pending the conclusion of a Football Association investigation into a potential breach of betting rules.

Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley told BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire:

"Not good enough. That's my assessment. We have to come to places like this and win.

"Up until the last three weeks this is a group of players that have been receiving great plaudits for most aspects of our game, and it's great when things are going well for you.

"But a measure of a team is in adversity and how you react to adversity and how you react to setbacks, and today several players let us down in that respect.

"I cannot accept a lack of a willingness to work hard regardless of whether we're winning or losing, whether the scoreline is 4-0 or 1-0. I can't accept that. The players have been left in no uncertain terms that I'll not accept that."

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Williams
  • 29Pennington
  • 23Ridehalgh
  • 18Jennings
  • 32Arthurworrey
  • 4TaylorBooked at 75mins
  • 22Koumas
  • 8J WallaceBooked at 35mins
  • 14CassidySubstituted forStocktonat 66'minutes
  • 20KennedySubstituted forRobinsonat 86'minutes
  • 9LoweSubstituted forKirbyat 57'minutesBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 2Holmes
  • 5Goodison
  • 10Robinson
  • 15Kirby
  • 16Stockton
  • 17Power
  • 33Mooney

Coventry

  • 1Murphy
  • 2ChristieSubstituted forWillisat 73'minutes
  • 24Clarke
  • 7FleckBooked at 90mins
  • 4Webster
  • 15Seaborne
  • 8BakerSubstituted forMcGeouchat 90'minutes
  • 6C Thomas
  • 14Moussa
  • 27Petrasso
  • 17DanielsSubstituted forMarshallat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Adams
  • 11McGeouch
  • 13Burge
  • 16Barton
  • 19Willis
  • 26Marshall
  • 33Maund
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
5,279

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 3, Coventry City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 3, Coventry City 1.
James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Franck Moussa (Coventry City).
Attempt missed. John Fleck (Coventry City) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right.
Attempt saved. Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Mark Marshall.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Andy Webster.

Booking

John Fleck (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.
James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Dylan McGeouch replaces Carl Baker.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Robinson replaces Matthew Kennedy.
Attempt missed. Mark Marshall (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Foul by Matthew Kennedy (Tranmere Rovers).
Mark Marshall (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers).
Mark Marshall (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. John Fleck (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Foul by Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers).
Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Daniel Seaborne.
Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jordan Clarke (Coventry City).

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 3, Coventry City 1. Michael Petrasso (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Marshall.
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Steven Jennings.
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Jason Koumas.
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

Booking

Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers).
Mark Marshall (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jordan Willis replaces Cyrus Christie.
Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).
Andy Webster (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Cole Stockton replaces Jake Cassidy.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Mark Marshall replaces Billy Daniels.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 3, Coventry City 0. Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Ridehalgh with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jake Kirby replaces Ryan Lowe because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.
Cyrus Christie (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 2, Coventry City 0. James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jason Koumas with a cross following a set piece situation.
Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jordan Clarke (Coventry City).

Second Half

Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 1, Coventry City 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Coventry City 0.
Stephen Arthurworrey (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Carl Baker (Coventry City).
Attempt missed. John Fleck (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Foul by Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers).
Daniel Seaborne (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).
Cyrus Christie (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Carl Baker (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Stephen Arthurworrey (Tranmere Rovers).
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Owain Williams.
Attempt saved. Carl Baker (Coventry City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.
Foul by Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers).
goal

As It Stood

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1Leyton Orient3320763467
2Wolves3120743467
3Brentford3120652366
4Preston32161241360
5Rotherham3116961557
6Peterborough31164111052
7Walsall3212119647
8Swindon3213613645
9MK Dons3212713243
10Port Vale3213415-543
11Bradford329149541
12Gillingham3311517-1338
13Coventry3113810337
14Oldham3210715-837
15Carlisle3210616-1736
16Colchester2981110-235
17Sheff Utd309813-635
18Tranmere329815-1735
19Crawley268108-434
20Crewe329716-2434
21Bristol City3361413-832
22Shrewsbury3271015-1231
23Notts County339321-1330
24Stevenage307419-2225
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