March 24, 2013
Bakayogo brace beats Boro
Zoumana Bakayogo's double got Tranmere's promotion challenge back on track as they cruised past managerless Stevenage to win 3-1 at Prenton Park.
All four goals came in the first half with Bakayogo opening the scoring only for Luke Freeman to reply for the visitors.
Ben Gibson put Rovers back in front and Bakayogo extended their lead with his second just before half-time.
Tranmere went ahead in the 10th minute as Bakayogo forced the ball home after Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro's initial effort was blocked.
Stevenage equalised two minutes later as Freeman curled a left-footed free-kick from the right corner of the penalty area past Owain Fon Williams, but Gibson replied four minutes later after another Akpa Akpro shot was blocked.
Akpa Akpro should have made it 3-1 himself just after yet he missed the target, however, seven minutes from half-time Bakayogo scored his second after a horrendous mix-up between David Gray and goalkeeper Steve Arnold.
After the break Robin Shroot wasted Stevenage's best chance of getting back in it as he fired wide after receiving the ball in a glorious position in the heart of the Tranmere box.
|1 Owain fon Williams||1 Steven Arnold|
|14 Zoumana Bakayogo||14 Mark Roberts|
|2 Danny Holmes||4 Darius Charles|
|3 Paul Black||2 David Gray|
|4 Ash Taylor||29 Bondz Ngala|
|21 Ben Gibson||7 Anthony Grant|
|6 Liam Palmer||8 James Dunne|
|17 Max Power||32 Robin Shroot|
|25 Mamady Sidibe||11 Lucas Akins|
|26 Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro||15 Luke Freeman|
|22 Abdulai Bell-Baggie||23 David López|
|33 Jason Mooney||Chris Day 16|
|5 Ian Goodison||Miguel Comminges 22|
|19 Michael Kay||Andy Iro 21|
|12 Danny Harrison||Greg Tansey 6|
|18 David Amoo||Anthony Jeffrey 20|
|20 Michael O'Halloran||Steve Leo Beleck 28|
|16 Cole Stockton||Sam Hoskins 30|
|Michael O'Halloran for Abdulai Bell-Baggie (80)||Sam Hoskins for David López (73)|
|David Amoo for Zoumana Bakayogo (84)||Greg Tansey for Anthony Grant (81)|
|David Gray (16)|
|James Dunne (25)|
|· Squads: Tranmere Rovers | Stevenage|