Tranmere Rovers vs Ebbsfleet United: Three Stand Out Stars

By Josh Roberts

Tranmere ensured their strong push for promotion back into the football continued on Saturday with a composed 3 – 0 victory over Ebbsfleet United on Saturday at Prenton Park.

Andy Cook and James Norwood were on the scoresheet, with a double from the latter, confirmed all three points during a performance in which a number of players stood out, but here are our three stand out players;

James Norwood

Norwood One on One vs Ebbsfleet

Norwood scoring his one-on-one and third goal of the game.

Again Norwood finds himself on our three stand out players list, and for good reason; he is genuinely one of Tranmere’s most consistent performers week in week out.

This week was no different. His link up play with his striker partner Cook was tremendous at times and took both of his goals extremely well.

The first was a lovely caressed shot from outside the area to the ‘keeper’s right and the second was a goal that has been a long time coming.

Just minutes earlier, the no.10 missed his customary one-on-one but when given the chance again he took it and finally scored that elusive goal that has been lacking from his locker.

It was a great finish to cap off an even better performance.

Steve McNulty

Like Norwood, McNulty has featured on this list a number of times this season because the man very rarely makes a mistake, never mind have a bad game.

With the armband on, he led from the back again with a commanding performance against a side that tried to unsettle Tranmere with a few tasty challenges early on.

Steve was having none of that, constantly using his size and strength to make sure Ebbsfleet only fleetingly threatened the Tranmere goal.

On McNulty’s performance today, the gaffer said; “Magnificent, he really was. His leadership, the way he reads the game. The biggest bit of credit I could pay him is I’m not really that surprised, it’s just the way that he does things.

“He does it all the time, he’s a big honest feller, he’s very drive, he drives the people around him, he’s a dream to have in the group and we’re very proud to have him as our captain.”


Jay Harris

Harris vs Ebbsfleet

Harris being given further instructions after suffering an early challenge.

Harris makes our list this week and while many may ask why Cook isn’t here who scored and got an assist to his name today, Harris’ performance went under the radar slightly.

After being on the wrong end of a late challenge early on, the no.8 was his usual combative self in the middle of the park and it benefitted Tranmere massively.

Ebbsfleet looked to ruffle the feathers of Rovers with their tackling but Harris made sure he tackled as hard, if not harder than his opposition to get the Super White’s on the front foot.

Without his terrier-like performance in midfield, Ebbslfeet may have found some joy there but the Scouser made sure every tackle he made was a strong one to set the tone for a strong Tranmere win.


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