The fact that CITY lost to Tranmere last night brought more attention to manager Mark Hughes, who is already under fire.
At Prenton Park, T&A’s leading sports journalist SIMON PARKER offers match statistics as well as his player rankings.
MATCH DAY MAN
Mark Hughes has been holding back Adam Wilson ever since he joined, but last night he received his first start and looked sharp on the ball, especially throughout the first half.
VARIATION OF THE MATCH
Josh Hawkes was denied by Harry Lewis’ incredible save from the penalty spot, making up for his error in the first half.
THE MATCH’S MOAN
Mark Hughes made three changes from the weekend flop against Walsall.
Adam Wilson was handed a first start while Daniel Oyegoke got another chance in central midfield. Alex Pattison also made a welcome return to the starting line-up for the first time since his hamstring injury.
Alex Gilliead and Rayhaan Tulloch dropped to the bench while Clarke Oduor missed out with injury.
REFEREE: Scott Oldham (Fylde)
BOOKINGS: B Walker, O’Connor, Saunders (Tranmere); Platt, Hughes, Ridehalgh, McDonald (City)
SHOTS ON TARGET: Tranmere 5 City 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: Tranmere 4 City 5
CORNERS: Tranmere 5 City 6
FOULS: Tranmere 6 City 15