League Two
Tranmere2MK Dons1

Tranmere Rovers 2-1 Milton Keynes Dons

Tranmere Rovers kept their automatic promotion challenge alive and damaged MK Dons' own hopes with an impressive victory at Prenton Park.

David Perkins gave Rovers the lead after half an hour, only for Kieran Agard to restore parity two minutes later.

But Connor Jennings headed home the winner 28 minutes from time, moving the Birkenhead club to within two points of the automatic places, as Milton Keynes dropped out of the top three.

There was little to choose between the two sides, but when the Dons failed to clear a corner they could do nothing to prevent Perkins volleying home from the edge of the box.

Agard's close-range header from the dangerous Jake Hesketh's right-wing cross pulled the visitors level.

However, despite losing Perkins to injury, it was the hosts asking all of the questions after the break.

Preston loanee Ben Pringle provided a beautiful cross for Jennings to head home the winner, meaning high-flying Tranmere have won nine of their last 12 matches.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 14Caprice
  • 16Ellis
  • 6Monthe
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 27Pringle
  • 28Banks
  • 17PerkinsSubstituted forHarrisat 34'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19Morris
  • 10Norwood
  • 11Jennings

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 4Nelson
  • 8Harris
  • 9Mullin
  • 22Gilmour
  • 25Pilling
  • 29Dagnall

MK Dons

  • 1Nicholls
  • 25Brittain
  • 16MartinBooked at 73mins
  • 3LewingtonBooked at 89mins
  • 6Cissé
  • 18McGrandles
  • 24Houghton
  • 33HarleySubstituted forWheelerat 69'minutes
  • 10AnekeBooked at 90mins
  • 14AgardBooked at 64mins
  • 11HeskethSubstituted forWalkerat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Watson
  • 20D'Ath
  • 21Wheeler
  • 22Moore
  • 29Kasumu
  • 34Walker
  • 37Asonganyi
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
8,357

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home9
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, MK Dons 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, MK Dons 1.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

Booking

Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers).

Booking

Chuks Aneke (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chuks Aneke (MK Dons).

Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

Booking

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

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

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Russell Martin.

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Attempt missed. Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Stephen Walker replaces Jake Hesketh.

Attempt missed. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Conor McGrandles (MK Dons).

Kieron Morris (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Russell Martin (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Russell Martin (MK Dons).

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

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. David Wheeler replaces Ryan Harley.

Foul by James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

Jordan Houghton (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers).

Conor McGrandles (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kieron Morris (Tranmere Rovers).

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Kieran Agard (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 2, MK Dons 1. Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Pringle with a cross.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

Kieron Morris (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City422315473383584
2Bury4221111076502674
3Mansfield421916762352773
4MK Dons422191267452272
5Tranmere4220111161451671
6Forest Green4218131162422067
7Exeter4218111357451265
8Carlisle42187176259361
9Colchester42179165852660
10Swindon421515125350360
11Stevenage42179165052-260
12Newport41179155257-560
13Oldham4115131362501258
14Crewe42168185253-156
15Northampton421218125355-254
16Cheltenham421411175460-653
17Grimsby42148204153-1250
18Port Vale421211193648-1247
19Morecambe421211194764-1747
20Crawley42137224261-1946
21Cambridge42129213761-2445
22Macclesfield42912214570-2539
23Yeovil42910233861-2337
24Notts County42813214377-3437
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