Saturday, 18 February 2012

Tranmere Rovers 1 v Charlton Athletic 1

In the end it was a good point this afternoon at Prenton Park. With Sheffield United managing a late winner at home to Preston, our gap at the top was cut to six points but both of us moved a point further away from mighty Sheffield Wednesday who lost for an inconceivable third successive time. The Wednesday message boards will make entertaining reading this evening as blood vessels burst.

Danny Haynes started for Bradley Wright-Phillips today and Bradley Pritchard came in for the injured Johnnie Jackson. It was a disheartening first-half listening as we struggled to make any headway or even any sustained pressure. Haynes and Kermorgant were playing too far apart and effectively as lone strikers. In the centre of midfield we were a yard short and Weir and Wallace were forcing the game for Rovers. 

Ben Hamer had to make a couple of good saves before Tranmere finally broke through. A quick break saw them play the ball out wide and it was put over Taylor and Morrsion for Brunt to reach and beat Hamer from a short distance.

After the break Charlton took the game by the scruff of the neck and immediately forced a succession of corners. Fon Williams and his defence were being stretched and he had to make a fine finger-tip save to deny a trademark Danny Hollands back-post header. Charlton weren't to be denied and it was from another corner that Michael Morrison again showed Matt Taylor how it's done, when he crashed a header off the underside of the bar. It bounced down over the line and I think it came out but the referee had seen enough and awarded the goal. 

After that we had our chances and Bradley Wright-Phillips was amongst them after having come on to replace the limping Danny Haynes (hamstring). Hollands missed a glorious chance and Bradley Pritchard managed to step on the ball a yard out and fluff it, although he will be relieved that the linesman had flagged for offside.

All-in-all another good day to be a Red. We remain unbeaten in the league in 2012 and nothing seems to be going against us. Big shout for the 347 who made the long trek up there today.


Anonymous said...

Er! I think Shefield United won fella :(

Dave said...

Anon-many thanks. Trying to be too quick off the mark!