Match Review

Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Bury (30/04/2019) Sky Bet League 2 Review:

Deja vu all over again.

Rovers playoffs. Again.

Bury promoted at Prenton Park. Again.

Scrappy – one word that really sums up the 90 minutes. From the first minute to the last both sides battled fervently and over the course of the game both sides equaled each other.

A packed Prenton Park witnessed the 1-1 draw tonight with Bury, this point saw Bury win promotion back to League 1 at the first time of asking, it also saw Tranmere confirm their place in the playoffs for the third season running. Both sides showed glimpses of quality; Bury looked threatening going forward, whereas Rovers showed some class with our passing and moving. Former Rovers keeper, Joe Murphy, was tested in both halves, particularly by James Norwood; who you could argue deserved more than the single goal.

To be finishing in the top 6 in our first season back in the league is no mean feat, it is an extraordinary accomplishment that all players, staff and fans should be proud of achieving. This playoff campaign could also lead to our 3rd trip to Wembley inside 24 months. Unbelievable!

As always Manny Monthe was a behemoth at the back for the Whites today, Kieron Morris also put in a performance of high quality. Rovers were kept in the game by some super saves by Scotty in goal, the 32 year old has been superb for us in his first EFL season since 2015 and is set to take the Golden Gloves to pair with Nors’ Golden Boots. We saw Jake Caprice limp off after falling to the ground just over 70 minutes into the game, hopefully this isn’t anything too serious and he is back doing step overs in time for the playoffs! It was also nice to see Macca and Perkins on the bench tonight, even if they didn’t feature.

A crowd of over 9400 witnessed Rovers’ final league game at PP of the season, another exceptional effort from the SWA. The 12th man has certainly pushed the team on this season – and have been rewarded with a season that has been beyond our wildest expectations. A packed Cowshed also saw their team get promoted at PP, once again. Congratulations are due to Bury, irrespective of the circumstances around their success.

The lads still have one more regular season game to play, this Saturday away to Crawley. Let’s get a win there, take some form into the playoffs and get ourselves up to League 1, alongside Bury. Let’s have another wonderful Wembley visit! Up the Whites!

Atmosphere- 3.5*

Singing died a bit during patches of the second half, Bury were on and off.

Home support- 3*

Quiet during parts of the game, still good backing and some good parts however.

Away support- 2.5*

Packed away end, fair enough. Very quiet from being 1 down until they equalised, they only perked up a bit then.

Rovers lineup:

Davies, Caprice (Buxton 74’), Nelson, Monthe, Ridehalgh, Morris, Harris, Banks, Pringle (Mullin 82’), Jennings, Norwood

Will’s MOTM:


Manny Monthe



Another game, another MOTM for Manny. Didn’t put a foot wrong again, won everything and also got himself forward. Though a toss up between him and the tireless Jay Harris.


William Gilbert

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