Ipswich Town v Tranmere Rovers : Match Report.

Micky Mellon’s men travelled to East Anglia with the hope of extending their unbeaten run, against a top of the league Ipswich side containing Tranmere legend James Norwood. The Tranmere lineup featured two changes from the previous fixture against Burton Albion, the returning Jake Caprice replaced the injured George Ray and new signing Neill Danns replaced the injured David Perkins. 

Similar to previous fixtures, Micky Mellon’s side looked to pose an attacking threat from the starting whistle. Jake Caprice and Neill Danns linking up well but a cross could only result in a goal kick. 

At the other end, James Norwood posed a threat to his former club through shooting on the edge of the box but his attempt was blocked by opposing defender Sid Nelson.

On the stroke of the twentieth minute, Tranmere looked to have opened the scoring but it was ruled out through the linesman’s flag as Stefan Payne appeared to use his hand in the build up.

Micky Mellon’s men continued to pose an attacking threat as Ollie Banks took an attempt from distance which unlike previous week couldn’t find the net. 

Tranmere Midfielder, Neill Danns, looked to pose an attacking threat as he carried the ball from midfield and drove forwards before shooting agonisingly wide of the post.

The first booking of the game was awarded late into the first half, Darren Potter on the receiving end of a yellow card for a tackle on Judge on the half way line. His actions also meant that a free kick was awarded which Garbutt was beautifully placed into the top corner of Scott Davies net from a roughly estimated thirty yards.

Tranmere’s bounce-back-ability appeared to come into use again when Stefan Payne brought the scoreline level with a ‘tap in’ after a low cross from Jake Caprice, just before half time.

After the halftime break, Stefan Payne was booked for a late tackle on Vincent-Young. Scott Davies could only parry a powerful free kick into the path of Jackson  who rifled his attempt into the net from a short distance.

On the stroke of the sixty-first minute, Ipswich believed that they had scored their third goal of the game. However, Downes’ attempt was ruled out for offside.

The goals continued to come for Ipswich, their third goal being scored halfway through the second half. Jackson broke through one-on-one but a Scott Davies save landed on the head of Nolan who was a short distance from the goal line.

The third booking of the game came for Tranmere legend James Norwood, who prevented Danns from counter-attacking from midfield.

Micky Mellon made his first two substitutions of the game : Kieron Morris and Paul Mullin being replaced by Connor Jennings and Corey Blackett-Taylor.

Ipswich’s fourth goal of the game came shortly after Norwood’s booking, Vincent-Young carrying the ball from right back into the box to slot perfectly into the bottom corner.

Another attempt on goal came for Ipswich when James Norwood managed to break the offside trap to go one-on-one with Scott Davies. However, his ‘chipped’ attempt failed to get past Scott Davies.

Micky Mellon made his final substitution of the game : Hepburn-Murphy replacing Darren Potter as the side looked to close the result gap.

As the fixture fizzled out, it looked impossible for Tranmere to bounce-back, meaning their unbeaten run was stopped in a defeat in East Anglia. However, the 621 travelling Tranmere faithful continued to support their team as ‘Tequilla’ rang across the away end.

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