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Exeter City 0-1 Tranmere Rovers

James Norwood struck the only goal of the game to give Tranmere a 1-0 victory against former club Exeter in League Two.

Norwood, who never scored in his two years at Exeter, returned to St James Park to net his 25th goal of the season and maintain Rovers' hopes of a play-off push.

Tranmere started the better of the two teams and after a frantic goalmouth scramble, David Perkins could only drag a shot wide.

Exeter barely created a chance and it was no surprise when Tranmere went in front in the 31st minute.

A long ball over the top found Norwood, with his eventual shot taking a wicked deflection off Pierce Sweeney before creeping past Christy Pym and finding the net.

Exeter, who had been poor in the first half, at least looked more lively after the break. Randell Williams fired straight at Scott Davies and substitute Jonathan Forte glanced just over from a Lee Holmes cross.

Forte and then Hiram Boateng, in stoppage time, were both denied by Davies as Exeter were unable to find the elusive equalising goal.

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Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Pym
  • 20Wilson
  • 2Sweeney
  • 4O'Shea
  • 3Woodman
  • 25Taylor
  • 27CollinsSubstituted forBoatengat 68'minutes
  • 10Holmes
  • 17Jay
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forLawat 76'minutes
  • 19WilsonSubstituted forForteat 26'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Martin
  • 8Law
  • 13Hamon
  • 14Forte
  • 28Brown
  • 34Hartridge
  • 44Boateng

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 14Caprice
  • 16Ellis
  • 6Monthe
  • 24BakayogoBooked at 56mins
  • 12McCulloughBooked at 66mins
  • 17PerkinsBooked at 45mins
  • 18SmithSubstituted forGilmourat 67'minutes
  • 11Jennings
  • 27PringleSubstituted forNelsonat 90+3'minutes
  • 10Norwood

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 4Nelson
  • 9Mullin
  • 22Gilmour
  • 25Pilling
  • 28Banks
  • 29Dagnall
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
4,855

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 0, Tranmere Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 0, Tranmere Rovers 1.

Attempt missed. Hiram Boateng (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Lee Holmes (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Kane Wilson (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Perkins (Tranmere Rovers).

Attempt saved. Jonathan Forte (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Sid Nelson replaces Ben Pringle.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by David Perkins.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Ben Pringle.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Forte (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Zoumana Bakayogo.

Attempt blocked. Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by David Perkins.

Dara O'Shea (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Nicky Law replaces Randell Williams.

Attempt missed. Lee Holmes (Exeter City) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Kane Wilson (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Dara O'Shea (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

Attempt missed. Jonathan Forte (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Hiram Boateng replaces Archie Collins.

Attempt missed. Lee Holmes (Exeter City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Jake Caprice.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Harvey Gilmour replaces Johnny Smith.

Lee Holmes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Luke McCullough (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke McCullough (Tranmere Rovers).

Attempt missed. Jonathan Forte (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Lee Holmes (Exeter City).

David Perkins (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Matt Jay (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Kane Wilson (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Zoumana Bakayogo (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Zoumana Bakayogo (Tranmere Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City351912462352769
2Bury35199769402966
3Mansfield351713553282564
4MK Dons35188956342262
5Exeter3515101046351155
6Tranmere351510104941855
7Forest Green351412951351654
8Colchester351591154401454
9Carlisle35165145344953
10Swindon341311104242050
11Stevenage35147144045-549
12Newport34147134552-749
13Oldham351211125345847
14Grimsby35145163842-447
15Crewe35137154046-646
16Northampton351015104546-145
17Cheltenham35118164153-1241
18Crawley35116183748-1139
19Cambridge35116183153-2239
20Yeovil3599173648-1236
21Morecambe3598183756-1935
22Port Vale35810172842-1434
23Macclesfield3579193559-2430
24Notts County35611183466-3229
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