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Tranmere Rovers 3-1 Coventry City

Ryan Lowe

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
  • 8WallaceBooked 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
  • 6Thomas
  • 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.

goal

As It Stood

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2Wolves31207454203467
3Brentford31206554312366
4Preston321612443301360
5Rotherham31169655401557
6Peterborough311641151411052
7Walsall32121193731647
8Swindon32136134943645
9MK Dons32127134644243
10Port Vale32134154449-543
11Bradford3291494338541
12Gillingham33115174255-1338
13Coventry31138105956337
14Oldham32107153644-837
15Carlisle32106163754-1736
16Colchester29811103638-235
17Sheff Utd3098133238-635
18Tranmere3298153855-1735
19Crawley2681083135-434
20Crewe3297163761-2434
21Bristol City33614134755-832
22Shrewsbury32710153143-1231
23Notts County3393214255-1330
24Stevenage3074192850-2225
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