Andy Cook’s goal midway through the second half rewarded Tranmere’s valiant effort with a well-earned replay after drawing 1-1 with League One Peterborough – but did the impact substitute make our three star players list?
The former Posh player produced a midfield masterclass against his former club, running the midfield from the off and rounding off a flawless performance with the assist for Andy Cook’s equaliser with 18 minutes to go.
Even without the assist, Hughes would still have produced a MOTM outing which was epitomised by his driving run midway through the first half, setting up James Norwood who had his shot saved by the feet of Conor O’Malley in Rovers’ best chance of the half.
For the goal, his left-footed in-swinging cross from the right wing was simply sumptuous, and it couldn’t have been more perfectly placed as he found Cook in the area who powered his header home from six yards out.
When the striker entered the fray with just over twenty minutes left of the game, the Super Whites were 1-0 down and needed an impetus up front in search of an equaliser.
And Cook provided exactly that, capping off his excellent cameo with a goal which earned a replay for Rovers.
He nodded in Hughes’ cross after being on the pitch for just four minutes to level the tie.
O’Malley got a firm hand on Cook’s downward header, but it wasn’t enough to keep the ball from looping into the net.
It was the Peterborough striker’s goal that put his side in front after just seven minutes of the second half.
He pounced on a loose ball in the Rovers area after the Super Whites let the ball drop on the six-yard line from a corner.
Marriott was first to react and he fired past Davies to open the scoring.