Exactly a year on from their last trip to
At the time of writing, Tranmere have just beat Port Vale to move back into the play-offs in League One, but fixtures to come their place is under threat on Friday and Saturday. However, a win for Rovers on the
Ground: The Fitness First Stadium
Manager: Kevin Bond
Nickname: The Cherries
Season Finish 2006/07: 19th (Coca-Cola League One)
Tranmere last played Bournemouth in December at
Rovers took the lead just after the twenty minute mark, as after Sherriff and McLaren had missed previous chances for Rovers, the home side took the lead as Greenacre played a perfect through ball to Zola who after losing the ball, regained his composure and beat Stewart from twelve yards.
On twenty-eight minutes Tranmere doubled their lead, with Chris Greenacre netting from the penalty spot, blasting the ball straight down the middle and into the net after Myrie-Williams had been brought down in the area.
After the fifteen minute break, and with rain now streaming down on to the
Jennings, who just moments earlier had drilled a shot into the side netting, slid in to tap the ball home from little more than two yards out as Calvin Zola's shot, that had been partially saved by Stewart, rolled towards goal.
With fourteen minutes left, Bournemouth got one back as a poor back pass from Ian Goodison saw Pitman charge down Coyne's clearance and Vokes tap in the loose ball, but the game was already won and Tranmere took home the three points.
Tranmere were the first away side to win at Bournemouth's new
In twenty-one away games against
The away side has not won any of the last seven fixtures between these two teams
When these sides have played in March (seven times), there has never been an away win
Tranmere have netted twenty-six times in twenty-one away games against Bournemouth, with the Cherries scoring thirty-four times
On This Day:
2007: Tranmere put in a miserable display as they lose 2-0 away to Bournemouth, with one of the goals coming after Tranmere goalkeeper Gavin Ward was judged to have handballed the ball in his own penalty area
2004: Eugene Dadi scores the only goal at Brian Little's Tranmere beat
1990: The Stags of Mansfield beat John King's Tranmere 1-0 in Division Three
Tranmere have played fourteen previous fixtures on March 24th, picking up seven wins, one draw and six defeats. In those fourteen games, Tranmere have scored on 25 occasions whilst they have conceded 22 goals.
The Form Book:
Bournemouth last 6 home games: WWDLWW
Tranmere last 6 away games: DLDDWW
Despite their lowly league position,
The Cherries started their six match sequence with a 4-3 win at home to
Defeat followed in their next home game however, with Doncaster Rovers travelling to
Kevin Bond's team returned to winning ways in their next two home games though, as firstly Hartlepool United were beaten 2-0 at
Other impressive results for Bournemouth at
Bournemouth this season have played nineteen home games, picking up 22 points from an available 57 thanks to six wins, four draws and nine defeats.
Away league wins for
Although Tranmere come into this game without a win in their last four on the road, they certainly haven't played badly and have picked up useful points along the way.
Ronnie Moore's side started their six match sequence with a season-turning 1-0 win at Millwall thanks to a strike from Antony Kay before travelling to
Two useful draws then followed as Tranmere extended their unbeaten run to eight games, with Rovers first drawing 0-0 on a Tuesday night at
In their next away game, Tranmere put in a poor performance as they lost 3-1 at
Tranmere's most recent away game was another long Tuesday night journey with the Mighty Whites travelling to South Wales to take on
Other important away results for Tranmere this season include wins over Carlisle United (1-0), Gillingham (2-0) and Southend United (2-1), as well as a 3-0 F.A. Cup second round victory away to
Tranmere have played nineteen home games so far this season, picking up 22 points from an available 57 in the process thanks to five wins, seven draws and seven defeats.
Notable home results for Tranmere include wins over Bournemouth (3-1), Carlisle United (2-0), Huddersfield (3-0) and
Teale began his career with
In well over 100 appearances for the Cherries, Teale scored four goals and his talent didn't go un-noticed as he made a £300,000 transfer to Aston Villa in 1991.
In four years, Teale made over 150 appearances for the Villains, and in 1995 he joined Tranmere Rovers, then under John King and with big-spending chairman Peter Johnson at the helm, for £450,000, an amount that is still a club record transfer fee.
One To Watch:
It's hard to pick out a Bournemouth player to look out for this fixture as so many of their first team squad are out injured or away on international duty, but one player to look out for is midfielder Danny Hollands.
At the end of the same season,
Since joining the Cherries,
Able to get from box to box,
Around League One:
Here, we'll look at the fixtures on Easter Monday, and indeed there is a full set of fixtures in both Coca-Cola League One and Two this afternoon.
Tranmere's trip to Bournemouth will hopefully see Rovers move back into the play-offs, if they have left them after this weekend's fixtures that is, whilst Bournemouth are eleven points from safety as of Friday morning and only a win will do for Kevin Bond's cash strapped team.
For the second time in a week,
Another big fixture in League One this weekend is
A massive fixture at the other end of the table sees two relegation threatened sides meet at
Other fixtures around the promotion places see Doncaster host Oldham Athletic, Northampton travel to Carlisle in what could be a huge game if Northampton beat Nottingham Forest on Friday, whilst Leyton Orient are away to Cheltenham.
Tranmere's injuries are suddenly looking a lot lighter thanks to Ian Goodison's return to the first team against Port Vale from his knee injury and Chris Shuker playing another sixty minutes against the same opposition. Ronnie Moore's only injury concern therefore is winger Steve Davies who is continuing his rehabilitation from a cruciate-knee ligament injury.
This should be a game that again Tranmere should be looking to pick up three points from as they look to extend the gap between themselves and the teams behind them and close in on those above them.
The Cherries lie near the foot of the League One table, with a ten point deduction for entering administration not exactly helping their league position, and with a number of injury worries ahead of this game, as well as having Sam Vokes called up the Welsh U-21 squad, they will be low on confidence and Tranmere should look to exploit this.
Striker Chris Greenacre is now beginning to find some fitness for Rovers and with Shuker getting sharper by the game, the Rovers number ten will have more crosses from the wings to feed off, something that he has missed all season.
With Ian Goodison back in the Tranmere team, Rovers have a great chance of keeping a clean sheet away from home for the first time in over a month whilst Jennings and McLaren are now back together in the Tranmere midfield, allowing McLaren to sit back and pick out those passes that nobody else in the Tranmere team is capable of doing.
Rovers fans do travel to this game though safe in the knowledge of knowing that the team can't play worse this season than they did last season, when Ian Goodison got sent off as Tranmere slipped to a 2-0 defeat and managed not a single shot on target. However, at the end of the day it's not the performance that matters for Tranmere at this stage in the season, it's the picking up of the three points.