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Tranmere Rovers 0-0 Colchester United

Tranmere Rovers secured the final League Two play-off spot after a goalless draw against Colchester United.

Keith Hill's men, who were real contenders for automatic promotion a few weeks ago, went into the game knowing that results elsewhere would not matter if they could pick up a point on the final day.

Aside from an Otis Khan effort and two half chances for Paul Lewis and Corey Blackett-Taylor, the first period was devoid of any real attacking quality.

Tranmere had control of the opening half, however after offering little in the opening 45 minutes it was the U's who should have taken a second-half lead.

Veteran keeper Joe Murphy first denied Michael Folivi from close range before getting down well to keep out a low strike from Noah Chilvers.

Rovers then settled into the half but despite having spells of possession they failed to trouble keeper Shamal George.

The U's went close again late on with a long-range Chilvers effort, but Rovers were able to soak up the pressure and see the game out.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Tranmere

Formation 3-5-2

  • 13Murphy
  • 2O'Connor
  • 26Clarke
  • 21RaySubstituted forMontheat 74'minutes
  • 17KhanBooked at 55mins
  • 22Lewis
  • 8Spearing
  • 19FeeneySubstituted forCrawfordat 90+4'minutes
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 11Blackett-TaylorSubstituted forWooleryat 62'minutes
  • 28NugentSubstituted forVaughanat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Monthe
  • 7Morris
  • 9Vaughan
  • 14Woolery
  • 15Crawford
  • 18MacDonald
  • 30Jones

Colchester

Formation 4-4-2

  • 29George
  • 2Welch-Hayes
  • 18Eastman
  • 5Smith
  • 21Clampin
  • 23PokuSubstituted forBohuiat 79'minutes
  • 4LapslieBooked at 11mins
  • 22Sarpong-Wiredu
  • 14ChilversSubstituted forSayerat 90+4'minutes
  • 39Folivi
  • 45NoubleSubstituted forStaggat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 28Coulter
  • 35Cracknell
  • 36Sayer
  • 37Bohui
  • 38Tchamadeu
  • 41Cornish
  • 42Stagg
Referee:
James Bell

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home5
Away6
Shots on Target
Home0
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Colchester United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Colchester United 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Alister Crawford replaces Liam Feeney.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Harvey Sayer replaces Noah Chilvers.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Noah Chilvers (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Lapslie.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kaiyne Woolery (Tranmere Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Tommy Smith (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by James Vaughan (Tranmere Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Tom Lapslie (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Liam Feeney (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu (Colchester United).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Thomas Stagg replaces Frank Nouble because of an injury.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Joshua Bohui replaces Kwame Poku.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Miles Welch-Hayes.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jay Spearing.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Emmanuel Monthe replaces George Ray.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu (Colchester United).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Miles Welch-Hayes (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kwame Poku with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Paul Lewis (Tranmere Rovers).

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