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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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1 Bristol City 33 70
2 Milton Keynes Dons 33 62
3 Preston North End 32 62
4 Swindon Town 33 61
5 Sheffield United 32 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 33 48
7 Chesterfield 33 45
8 Bradford City 32 45
9 Port Vale 33 45
10 Peterborough United 33 44
11 Fleetwood Town 33 44
12 Barnsley 33 44
13 Oldham Athletic 32 43
14 Gillingham 33 42
15 Rochdale 31 41
16 Walsall 33 41
17 Scunthorpe United 32 41
18 Crewe Alexandra 33 39
19 Notts County 32 38
20 Coventry City 32 36
21 Leyton Orient 32 35
22 Colchester United 33 34
23 Crawley Town 33 34
24 Yeovil Town 33 30