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  • Date:25 Sep 2013
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Prenton Park
  • Attendance:5,559
Goal!

Live Commentary

The referee blows the whistle to end the game.

93:52 +3.52

Peter Crouch scores with their right foot. Tranmere 0-2 Stoke.Oussama Assaidi provided the assist for the goal.

91:50 +1.50

Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

90:58 +0.58

A cross is delivered by Oussama Assaidi.

85:14

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.

84:31

Jonathan Walters takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

82:25

The ball is swung over by Matthew Etherington.

77:14

A cross is delivered by Jonathan Walters.

76:10

Marko Arnautovic leaves the field to be replaced by Matthew Etherington.

75:44

Jonathan Walters joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jermaine Pennant.

75:29

Cole Stockton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant.

73:32

Clearance by Robert Huth.

73:28

The ball is sent over by Tom Hateley.

73:06

Abdulai Bell-Baggie joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Rowe.

69:41

Ash Taylor makes a clearance.

68:41

Tom Hateley delivers the ball.

67:45

Shot by Chris Atkinson went wide of the left-hand post.

62:42

Marko Arnautovic takes the free kick.

62:37

Chris Atkinson challenges Marc Muniesa unfairly and gives away a free kick.

60:57

Oussama Assaidi on for Stephen Ireland.

59:04

Centre by Geoff Cameron.

58:15

Chris Atkinson restarts play with the free kick.

58:06

Foul by Marko Arnautovic on Chris Atkinson, free kick awarded.

55:18

Shot by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro went harmlessly over the bar.

52:00

Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

51:52

Ash Taylor fouled by Peter Crouch, the ref awards a free kick.

51:39

Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball in from the free kick.

51:16

Foul by Danny Holmes on Jermaine Pennant, free kick awarded.

50:15

Max Power takes the free kick.

50:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Huth on James Rowe.

48:29

Geoff Cameron takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

The second half begins.

It is the end of the first-half.

46:12 +1.12

Marko Arnautovic takes the free kick.

46:06 +1.06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Dugdale on Peter Crouch.

45:10 +0.10

Free kick taken by Evan Horwood.

45:03 +0.03

Stephen Ireland challenges Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro unfairly and gives away a free kick.

45:01

Evan Horwood leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Holmes.

40:50

Corner taken by Max Power from the right by-line.

39:19

Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

39:12

Marc Muniesa concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Lowe.

35:47

Shot by Marko Arnautovic cleared the bar.

33:42

Marko Arnautovic takes a shot.

29:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Hateley on Marko Arnautovic.

27:59

Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.

27:39

The ball is swung over by Cole Stockton.

26:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilson Palacios on James Rowe.

25:22

Jermaine Pennant takes the free kick.

24:44

James Rowe challenges Glenn Whelan unfairly and gives away a free kick.

22:53

Stephen Ireland grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Tranmere 0-1 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from Marko Arnautovic.

22:18

The ball is swung over by Geoff Cameron.

20:27

Clearance made by Geoff Cameron.

19:54

Peter Crouch challenges Evan Horwood unfairly and gives away a free kick.

19:21

Tom Hateley crosses the ball in from the free kick.

19:15

Foul by Marc Muniesa on Ryan Lowe, free kick awarded.

18:03

Shot by Stephen Ireland missed to the left of the net.

16:57

Corner from the right by-line taken by Stephen Ireland.

14:41

Clearance by Ryan Lowe.

14:36

The ball is swung over by Jermaine Pennant.

10:29

Shot by Glenn Whelan went harmlessly over the bar.

9:57

Ryan Shawcross restarts play with the free kick.

9:49

The referee gives a free kick against Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro for handball.

9:05

Centre by James Rowe.

4:17

Ryan Lowe takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.

3:40

Marko Arnautovic takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

The game kicks-off.

Match Preview

Moore impressed by new-look Stoke Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore expects Stoke to pose a very different proposition under new manager Mark Hughes when they visit Prenton Park in the Capital One Cup. The Barclays Premier League side cultivated a reputation for playing physical, long-ball football during Tony Pulis' seven years at the Britannia Stadium but have started to shed that image since Hughes came in over the summer. Hughes, whose own playing career took him to European powerhouses Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has been lauded for stamping his own style on the Potters and Moore lent his voice to those impressed by the Welshman's start. "Mark Hughes is trying to get them to play and to play out of the back," the Rovers boss said. "They do go long at times but they're good passers into proper areas. It's going to be a tough game, no doubt about that, but it's a game we look forward to because we're not expected to win. But we have to make sure we play without any fear." While Pulis' tactics were often dismissed as ugly and outdated, Stoke became incredibly difficult to break down and beat. Moore wishes such qualities were more prevalent in a Tranmere team which has won just one Sky Bet League One game and conceded 19 times in eight fixtures this term. "We're too nice and we need to be aggressive," he added. "It's hard when you're not really an aggressive person. I'm not saying go out there and boot somebody and kick them in the air, I'm saying be aggressive by closing people down and getting in people's faces. "These days they come through academies all nicey-nicey, you're really looking for a dog, somebody who is going to sit there in defensive midfield and do a job." Stoke boss Mark Hughes is happy for games to be coming thick and fast at the moment, with his tenure still in its infancy. Hughes took over as boss in the summer and the Potters have made a fairly encouraging start to the campaign, taking seven points from their opening five Barclays Premier League fixtures as well as seeing off Sky Bet League One side Walsall 3-1 at home in the Capital One Cup second round. They have also earned praise for what has been regarded as an improved playing style compared to their seasons under previous manager Tony Pulis. Hughes feels things are going well but has stressed his Stoke side are "still very much a work in progress". And with that in mind, he does not view the fact the Staffordshire outfit have a Capital One Cup third-round clash at Tranmere - just three days after their 3-1 league defeat at Arsenal - as a bad thing at all. "The more games we can play, the better for the group in terms of what we are trying to do," Hughes said when asked about the trip to Tranmere, who are another third-tier team. "At this point in the season, we are still very much a work in progress, so games will help us. "We will get better as we play more often together. "I feel we have taken huge strides in a small space of time but we need to keep the performance levels going in the right direction. "After a difficult opening period, where we have played Liverpool, Manchester City and now Arsenal, I think we have come through that in good heart and with a lot more confidence, so we are in decent shape."

Formation:442Manager: Ronnie Moore

Tranmere

Formation: 433Manager: Mark Hughes

Stoke

  • Owain Fon Williams
  • Tom Hateley
  • Adam Dugdale
  • Ash Taylor
  • Evan Horwood
  • James Rowe
  • Chris Atkinson
  • Max Power
  • Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro
  • Ryan Lowe
  • Cole Stockton
  • SUBS
  • Danny Holmes
  • Ian Goodison
  • Joe Thompson
  • Abdulai Bell-Baggie
  • Akpo Sodje
  • Liam Davies
  • Jason Mooney

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