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Tranmere Rovers 0-1 Forest Green Rovers

Tranmere's automatic promotion League Two hopes were dealt a serious blow as they were beaten 1-0 by play-off rivals Forest Green at Prenton Park.

An early second-half strike from Junior Mondal proved to be the difference as Mark Cooper's side survived an avalanche of Tranmere attacks to move to within a point of their hosts in the play-off pack.

There was little between the sides in the opening period, with League Two Player of the Year James Norwood launching an attempted lob over the bar.

But two minutes after the break, the Gloucestershire club went ahead when a pull back from Joseph Mills was beautifully side-footed into the top corner by Mondal, leaving Scott Davies clutching thin air.

Tranmere responded and laid siege on the visitors' goal. Paul Mullin's overhead kick was brilliantly kept out by James Montgomery, before the Tranmere substitute saw a 25-yard free kick smash against the post.

Despite the hosts' best endeavours - after losing centre-back Mark Ellis in the first half to a knee injury - they could not carve out an equaliser and now look like they must settle for a play-off berth instead.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 14Caprice
  • 16EllisSubstituted forNelsonat 27'minutes
  • 6Monthe
  • 24Bakayogo
  • 19Morris
  • 8HarrisSubstituted forDagnallat 85'minutes
  • 28Banks
  • 27PringleSubstituted forMullinat 55'minutes
  • 10NorwoodBooked at 80mins
  • 11Jennings

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 4Nelson
  • 9Mullin
  • 18Smith
  • 22Gilmour
  • 25Pilling
  • 29Dagnall

Forest Green

  • 13Montgomery
  • 2Shephard
  • 6Rawson
  • 19McGinleyBooked at 80mins
  • 23Mills
  • 7Winchester
  • 5CollinsSubstituted forGunningat 69'minutes
  • 25MondalSubstituted forDigbyat 75'minutes
  • 10Brown
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forGrubbat 46'minutes
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 4James
  • 8Grubb
  • 16Gunning
  • 20Digby
  • 21McCoulsky
  • 26Reid
  • 34Ward
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
9,468

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home18
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Sid Nelson (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

Attempt missed. Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Sid Nelson.

Foul by Chris Dagnall (Tranmere Rovers).

Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Chris Dagnall replaces Jay Harris.

Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers).

Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

Foul by Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers).

Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Paul Digby replaces Junior Mondal.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Liam Shephard.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Farrend Rawson.

Attempt missed. Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Gavin Gunning replaces Lee Collins.

Attempt missed. Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Hand ball by Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers).

Attempt missed. Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City432315573393484
2Mansfield432016766353176
3MK Dons432291269462375
4Bury4321111177532474
5Tranmere4320111261461571
6Forest Green4319131163422170
7Exeter4318111458481065
8Carlisle43197176359464
9Colchester43189165952763
10Stevenage43189165453163
11Newport42189155558-363
12Swindon431516125350361
13Oldham4215141362501259
14Crewe43178185453159
15Northampton431318125656057
16Cheltenham431412175460-654
17Grimsby43148214154-1350
18Crawley43147224562-1749
19Port Vale431211203752-1547
20Morecambe431211204768-2147
21Cambridge431210213761-2446
22Macclesfield43912224673-2739
23Yeovil43910243863-2537
24Notts County43813224479-3537
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