Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Forest Green (10/05/2019) Sky Bet League 2 Play Off Semi Final Leg 1 Review:
Finally, Tranmere get a victory over Forest Green! 1301 days after our first ever encounter with the world’s first all vegan club, this time it’s a playoff victory! The advantage was with Tranmere after 15 minutes when Gavin Gunning, a former Tranmere player, was shown a straight red card for a callous punt on Jay Harris. 15 minutes later Rovers took the lead – Ollie Banks with a thunderbolt of a shot which ploughed into the bar on its way in, the goal had to be given thanks to goal line technology, in its first ever appearance at PP it proved to be crucial in giving us our advantage.
This game was the Whites’ first EFL play off game since 2005, which saw us bow out to Hartlepool on penalties. Although a lot has changed over those 14 years, you can not fault the atmosphere created by the fans all this time later – it has been a miserable time for Tranmere since that day and the fans have stuck with us through it all.
Worryingly, James Norwood went to ground several times throughout the game – he was kept very quiet by his former employers. Rovers looked dangerous going forward, it is just unfortunate that we couldn’t grab that second goal and have a firmer cushion to sit back on. It feels like I say this after every game… Manny Monthe is excellent! Once again, like most games this season, Manny was a mountain at the back. Alongside Sid, we looked extremely difficult to break down. Jay Harris was a workhorse and a nuisance in the middle of the park and David Perkins was a machine in that centre, as always.
A lot of doom and gloom is being felt by the SWA contingent over opportunities missed, don’t feel it! Do not feel disappointed after that game! We just won an EFL play off game and are only 90 minutes away from Wembley, the place that footballing dreams come true! Stick behind the lads, get down to Stroud on Monday evening and rally the lads to a 3rd successive season visiting Wembley!
Half the job is done, we’re half way to Wembley, we’re half way to the moon!
Brilliant support by the SWA, 9579 packed into PP to see Mellon’s men run to their first EFL play off win in 14 years.
Home support- 4*
Sang their heart out majority of the game, was only quiet at the end of the first half.
Away support- 2.5*
316 away fans at a play off away game is disappointing. However, they did sing and bounce all game. Credit to those who traveled. Shame they broke more seats.
Once again! Bow down to big Manny! What a guy, what a monster! “You’ll never beat Manny in a Monthe of Sundays”
Tranmere Rovers vs. Forest Green (10/05/2019) Sky Bet League 2 Play Off Semi Final 1st Leg:
Retribution, vengeance, payback- we crave this, we yearn for a victory over Forest Green Rovers. Going into Friday’s game of cosmic proportions, Tranmere will be out to get their first victory against Forest Green in 1301 days. Our bogey team, our play off adversary- Rovers can’t seem to ever get a result against the Green Devils.
Could this all change under the bright lights of Prenton Park?
The whites go into this game with only one win to our name since our 7 game winning streak ended at Oldham. FGR on the other hand go into this game with only 1 defeat in their last 6 games. This astronomical game with Forest Green is unlike any game we’ve had for a long time; unlike our last two playoff campaigns, there is no pressure on the boys to go out and win. In the National League Playoffs games we participated in they felt like must win games with horrifying consequences if we didn’t, especially our game with Boreham Wood. The SWA will be hoping that we haven’t suffered one injury too many, just like we did in 2017, with key players such as Mark Ellis, Jake Caprice and Sid Nelson all picking up injuries- Ellis’ injury is the only one certain to keep him out of action tomorrow.
When asked about our playoff games David Perkins commented “it will feel like two home games”, this is a very bold statement. The former Wigan man, who won promotion from League 1 last season with the Tics, has made it very clear that Tranmere are feeling very confident going into these playoff encounters. One would think that Perky’s fearless statement is echoed by everyone in the dressing room. James Norwood, formerly of FGR, will be eager to play a crucial part in the game against his former employers. Nors has recently endured a sticky spell, this saw him go five games without hitting the back of the net- luckily, he bagged in his final two games to take some form into the lottery of the playoffs.
At the time of writing, Tranmere have just hit 8000 pre-sales ahead of the big game, 295 of those sales coming from Forest Green supporters. It seems that PP will be packed out once again. Furthermore, it bodes well for us that we have a 100% record on Friday night games under the lights at Prenton Park. It’s going to be an electric atmosphere, different to any that FGR will have ever experienced.
If you want to get yourself even more in the mood for tomorrow’s mammoth game then give a listen to the This Is Tranmere podcast:
Here’s hoping we perform tomorrow, get the advantage ahead of the second leg and move one step closer to English Football’s third tier!
Probable line ups:
Tranmere- Davies, Caprice, Monthe, Buxton, Ridehalgh, Morris, Banks, Perkins, Pringle, Jennings, Norwood
Forest Green- Montgomery, Shephard, Rawson, Gunning, McGinley, Winchester, Collins, Williams, Mondal, Brown, Doidge
Tranmere 2-1 Forest Green