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Tranmere Rovers 5-1 Crawley Town

Tranmere thrashed Crawley at Prenton Park to keep pace with the League Two play-off pack.

Connor Jennings gave Rovers the lead before the division's top scorer, James Norwood, notched his ninth and 10th goals of the season either side of half-time.

Adam Buxton's penalty and a thunderbolt from Paul Mullin took the tally to five before the visitors pulled back a consolation through Olly Palmer.

Rovers attacked in waves and it was no surprise when Jennings smashed home a Manny Monthe knockdown midway through the first half to break the deadlock.

Jennings then set up Norwood for his first before the break and Tranmere's leading marksman headed home an Ollie Banks corner to make it three shortly after the restart.

Tranmere's penalty seemed harsh on the visitors, with Glenn Morris adjudged to have clipped Norwood in the box, but Buxton had little concern as he fired home before Mullin completed the rout.

Stunned Town responded when Palmer volleyed home Lewis Young's cross from close range but they were soundly beaten.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 2Buxton
  • 5McNulty
  • 6Monthe
  • 14Caprice
  • 11Jennings
  • 12McCullough
  • 28Banks
  • 29ColeSubstituted forSmithat 83'minutes
  • 9MullinSubstituted forGilmourat 76'minutes
  • 10Norwood

Substitutes

  • 4Sutton
  • 8Harris
  • 17Mottley-Henry
  • 18Smith
  • 22Gilmour
  • 23George
  • 27Williams

Crawley

  • 1Morris
  • 2Young
  • 6Connolly
  • 20Vincelot
  • 16Maguire
  • 14FrancombBooked at 18minsSubstituted forDohertyat 62'minutes
  • 21BulmanSubstituted forNathaniel-Georgeat 59'minutes
  • 22Morais
  • 28CamaraSubstituted forAllarakhiaat 78'minutes
  • 11Gambin
  • 9Palmer

Substitutes

  • 3Doherty
  • 5McNerney
  • 10Poleon
  • 12Mersin
  • 15Nathaniel-George
  • 27Allarakhia
Referee:
Tom Nield
Attendance:
5,445

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 5, Crawley Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 5, Crawley Town 1.

Attempt missed. Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt saved. Ashley Nathaniel-George (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Romain Vincelot (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Maguire (Crawley Town).

Foul by Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers).

Josh Doherty (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

Attempt saved. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Johnny Smith replaces Larnell Cole.

Attempt missed. Adam Buxton (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Tarryn Allarakhia replaces Panutche Camara.

Larnell Cole (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Harvey Gilmour replaces Paul Mullin.

Attempt blocked. Filipe Morais (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Adam Buxton (Tranmere Rovers).

Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

Ashley Nathaniel-George (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke McCullough (Tranmere Rovers).

Attempt missed. Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Lewis Young (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Foul by Larnell Cole (Tranmere Rovers).

Filipe Morais (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Crawley Town).

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 5, Crawley Town 1. Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Young with a cross.

Attempt missed. Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Nathaniel-George (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Josh Doherty replaces George Francomb.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 5, Crawley Town 0. Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Oliver Banks.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City16103330141633
2MK Dons1687120101031
3Exeter1685326151129
4Newport168532326-329
5Colchester1684430161428
6Forest Green1669125151027
7Tranmere167632316727
8Stevenage167451814425
9Bury166552417723
10Crawley167272425-123
11Mansfield144911810821
12Yeovil155642216621
13Swindon165651921-221
14Port Vale166371519-421
15Oldham155551915420
16Carlisle166281620-420
17Crewe155461614219
18Northampton164661821-318
19Grimsby154381020-1015
20Cambridge164391527-1215
21Morecambe1642101528-1314
22Notts County153391834-1612
23Cheltenham152491023-1310
24Macclesfield1614111331-187
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