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Prenton Park (ATT 6,251) 20th December 2013 - Kick off 19:45

Tranmere Tranmere Rovers vs Gillingham Gillingham

Tranmere 1

J McNulty (S/O 56)
R Lowe (77)

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Gillingham 2

A Akinfenwa (45+2, 69)

Akinfenwa brace beats Rovers

Last Updated: 20/12/13 10:17pm

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Adebayo Akinfenwa: Scored twice in Gillingham's victory

Adebayo Akinfenwa: Scored twice in Gillingham's victory

Adebayo Akinfenwa scored his first goals since August to help Gillingham beat 10-man Tranmere 2-1 at Prenton Park.

The former Northampton striker netted either side of the break for the Gills, who took advantage of Jim McNulty's straight red card - with Ryan Lowe's late strike - his 14th goal of the season - merely consolation for Tranmere.

A curling 20-yard shot from James Wallace was tipped wide by Gillingham goalkeeper Stuart Nelson, but the visitors took the lead on the stroke of half-time.

Akinfenwa's half-volley from just inside the box flew past Tranmere keeper Owain Fon Williams and into the top corner.

McNulty was sent off 10 minutes after the restart for bringing down Cody McDonald 30 yards from goal as the defender was the last man.

Then Akinfenwa, who last scored against Bristol City on August 31, got his second of the game in the 69th minute, converting from close range after his initial header from Steven Gregory's cross hit the post.

Lowe did reduce the arrears for Tranmere after 77 minutes when he rounded Nelson and fired into the unguarded net, but the hosts remain just two points above the League One relegation zone.

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2 Brentford 44 91
3 Rotherham United 44 82
4 Preston North End 44 82
5 Leyton Orient 44 80
6 Peterborough United 44 70
7 Swindon Town 44 66
8 Sheffield United 43 60
9 Port Vale 44 60
10 Milton Keynes Dons 44 59
11 Walsall 44 58
12 Bristol City 44 56
13 Crawley Town 43 55
14 Bradford City 44 53
15 Gillingham 44 52
16 Oldham Athletic 43 51
17 Coventry City 44 50
18 Colchester United 44 47
19 Tranmere Rovers 44 47
20 Crewe Alexandra 44 47
21 Notts County 44 46
22 Carlisle United 43 44
23 Shrewsbury Town 44 41
24 Stevenage 44 39