Capital One Cup
August 6, 2013
Stags comfortably beaten by Rovers
Andy Robinson and Chris Atkinson both struck as Tranmere booked their place in the second round of the Capital One Cup with a comfortable 2-0 win over Mansfield Town at Prenton Park.
Robinson's early effort and Atkinson's first Tranmere goal gave Rovers victory and sent the Football League newcomers out.
The home side took a second-minute lead when skipper Robinson headed in from close-range from Ryan Lowe's flick-on.
Tranmere's pressure paid off when Atkinson latched onto Robinson's through-ball in first-half stoppage time and fired home.
Rovers could have doubled their lead earlier when Ash Taylor met Robinson's 13th-minute right-wing corner but the defender headed wide from close-range.
After the break, Mansfield could have got one back when Louis Briscoe received Sam Clucas' cutback in the area but he shot wide just after the hour mark.
Stags midfielder Lindon Meikle volleyed straight at Owain fon Williams two minutes later, and the misses cost the SkyBet League Two side dearly as they crashed out.
|Tranmere Rovers||Mansfield Town|
|1 Owain fon Williams||1 Alan Marriott|
|6 Stephen Foster||4 John Dempster|
|3 Evan Horwood||17 Lee Beevers|
|2 Danny Holmes||5 John McCombe|
|4 Ash Taylor||16 James Jennings|
|10 Andy Robinson||21 Adam Murray|
|7 Joe Thompson||7 Louis Briscoe|
|12 James Rowe||20 Lindon Meikle|
|17 Max Power||13 Anthony Howell|
|9 Ryan Lowe||11 Samuel Clucas|
|19 Akpo Sodje||36 Oliver Palmer|
|33 Jason Mooney||Ritchie Sutton 2|
|5 Ian Goodison||Ross Dyer 15|
|22 Jason Koumas||Colin Daniel 31|
|20 Chris Atkinson||Chris Clements 19|
|26 Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro||Jake Speight 14|
|11 Abdulai Bell-Baggie||Matthew Rhead 9|
|16 Cole Stockton||Lee Stevenson 10|
|Jason Koumas for James Rowe (64)||Ritchie Sutton for John McCombe (46)|
|Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro for Akpo Sodje (72)||Jake Speight for Louis Briscoe (74)|
|Matthew Rhead for Oliver Palmer (79)|
|James Jennings (80)|
|· Squads: Tranmere Rovers | Mansfield Town|