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Match preview: Fleetwood Town v Tranmere Rovers

5 September 2023

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Fleetwood Town are back in action on Tuesday night as they play their first match in this season's EFL Trophy competition, with Tranmere Rovers the visitors to Highbury Stadium for a 7pm kick-off.

Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Tranmere Rovers

Competition: EFL Trophy

Date & kick-off: Tuesday 5 September 2023 (7pm)

Venue: Highbury Stadium



With the news on Sunday morning that Scott Brown had left the club with immediate efffect, Under-21s coach Matt Lawlor will be in the dugout for the EFL Trophy match against Tranmere Rovers. Mark Yeates and club legend Nathan Pond will assist on Tuesday night. 

Town made the long trip down to The Valley on Saturday, but suffered a 2-1 defeat to Jason Pearce's side - who took charge of the Addicks after Dean Holden was sacked the week before. Alfie May scored just before half-time to cancel out Jayden Stockley's opener, and then he netted from the penalty spot to seal a vital three points on home soil.

Deadline Day signing Xavier Simons is available for selection after missing the deadline to feature on Saturday afternoon, so with some players away on international duty, will he make his first start in the red and white of Fleetwood Town? Kabongo Tshimanga made his first start from the bench on Saturday, so will he be ready to make his first start on Tuesday night?



The visitors to Highbury currently sit 21st in Sky Bet League Two, with one win from their opening six matches. Their only win came against Harrogate Town back in August, with the last game being a 1-0 defeat at home to newly-promoted Wrexham at Prenton Park - Aaron Hayden scored the only goal of the match.

Rovers will be looking to beat Town as last time they met in the 2019/20 season, Fleetwood won 2-1 thanks to goals from Paddy Madden and Josh Morris. Paul Mullen scored for Tranmere but this time a win for either side will help with their cause to progress to the knockout stages of the EFL Trophy.

On Deadline Day, Tranmere brought in Blackpoolm forward Rob Apter. Ian Dawnes - who was a coach at the Seasiders before heading to Birkenhead knows of Rob's qualities, and will be hoping the youngster can push the whites forward and up the table. 11 players came through the doors in the summer window at Tranmere with 17 players leaving the building. 



The last campaign saw the Cods take on the likes of Manchester United’s future stars, as well as Carlisle United and Barrow, with all three group games going to penalties.

Unfortunately, Town didn’t make it out of the group that time, even after beating United’s Under-21s, but they will look to make it further this year as they are set to match up with the Tranmere, Leicester City’s Under-21s, and Wigan Athletic.

Tickets for the EFL Trophy fixture will be cut price – compared to the league pricing structure – with adults able to watch from the stands for £10, concessions for £5, and Under-18s for just £1 – you can buy both in-store or via our online store now!

*Please note, Onward Card holders will have to purchase tickets for this fixture as your season ticket is only valid for Sky Bet League One matches, the pricing structure above applies.



For just £10, supporters based in the United Kingdom or overseas can watch the full match live on iFollow. With BBC Radio Lancashire providing full uninterrupted coverage, you won't miss any of the action from Highbury Stadium meaning you can see Matt Lawlor's side look to secure their first win of the campaign against Tranmere Rovers.

With season passes available for those based in the U.K or overseas, why not check out the packages HERE, meaning you can save money over the course of the 2023/24 season.

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