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City finished with a flourish and relegated Tranmere with a come-from-behind win at Prenton Park.
Goals in the last ten minutes from strikers Jon Stead and Aaron Mclean clinched victory against a home side reduced to ten men before half-time.
City began with an early flurry – only to concede the softest of goals after five minutes.
Jon McLaughlin tried to palm Matthew Pennington’s looping effort over the bar but only succeeded in batting it into the net.
Defensively, City looked shaky on several occasions and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Max Power both could have doubled the lead.
But tempers rose after Ryan Lowe seemed to stand on Rory McArdle and Tranmere winger Junior Brown was shown a straight red for a lunge on Nathan Doyle.
City had an hour to make the man advantage count as Tranmere hung on and listened anxiously for scores elsewhere.
While fortunes fluctuated for Tranmere’s nearest rivals Crewe and Notts County, City struggled to turn possession into goals.
But the equaliser finally arrived nine minutes from time when James Meredith’s pass landed to Stead whose deflected shot beat keeper Jason Mooney.
And with Tranmere deflated, it got even better for the visitors as Mclean fired home from just inside the area.
And that's the final whistle.... City win and Tranmere are down
McLaughlin tips over Pennington shot. Just time for a Tranmere corner
City excelling themselves here, beating a side in the bottom four. Not usually our strong point. #bcafc— @jpieslak 03 May 2014
"Are you watching Ronnie Moore" ask the away end. Very loudly
Four added minutes
Tranmere subs: Rowe for Power and Kirby for Ridehalgh
City have turned this round as MCLEAN takes Bennett's pass and thumps home from just inside the area. 2-1 up!
Bye bye Tranmere, bye bye Tranmere #bcafc— @Glorious_Phil 03 May 2014
Akpa Akpro has just tried possibly the worst lob of all time....
Koumas put him clear and the striker made an utter hash of his shot and flicked it gently into McLaughlin's arms
Well-timed block from Meredith in box after Koumas lines up Lowe for a shot.
Tension in the corner between the away end and home stand. Quite a few police gathering as Tranmere head towards the drop
City are level! Jon STEAD scores with a deflection after Meredith cross is turned into his path. 1-1
If anything sums up #bcafc season, it's conceding a soft goal then having all the ball and creating nothing with it. Major clearout needed— @AndyGilder 03 May 2014
Back-to-back City corners. Can they lift themselves and find an equaliser?
The crowd reaction to news from elsewhere is more entertaining than the game itself!
And, significantly, Notts County have equalised at Oldham. So it's as you were - Tranmere are back in the bottom four!
Having a few connection issues but back now, touch wood.
Doyle has been replaced by De Vita
City having all the play now but there's no cutting edge to it.
That's the last we will see of Mr Thompson in a #bcafc shirt, thanks for the memories sir!— @ChrisHilton83 03 May 2014
We are staying up is the cry around Prenton Park. But there are still 25 minutes to go...
Now they are genuine home cheers again because Oldham are winning. So, as it stands, Notts County are going down
Surreal scenes here as news of a goal at Crewe comes through.
First it's the Tranmere end that erupts.... then it's City when they realise that it's Crewe who have scored again!
Now it's Yeates's turn to shoot high into the away end. Not that it's dampened the spirits there
City making double sub in 59th minute. Meredith and Bennett for Thompson and Drury
Davies crucial interception from Power in the City box
Darby crosses deep into the box and Drury pops up to drill shot over. Lot of City possession
Drury crosses beyond the far post and Stead meets it with a meaty volley over the bar
We're off once more
Second half could be a bit tasty because there's no love lost out there - or in the dug-outs
And that's half-time. Ten-man Tranmere lead 1-0 but still in the bottom four
Stead tries shot on the turn from just outside the box but it goes wide
Doyle is now the official public enemy number one and getting booed every time he touches the ball
Five minutes of added time
Goodison hobbles to the touchline for further treatment
Jones - who's on a booking - fouls Goodison and the Tranmere skipper stays down for good measure. Disappointingly for the home crowd, there is no second yellow for the City captain...
Mooney does well to hold on to low cross from Drury with both strikers waiting to pounce
City corner but Goodison eases McArdle out of the way as Jones kick comes over
Tranmere set up two banks of four behind Lowe on his own up front. It's up to City to break them down - something they struggle to do without genuine pace
Good strength from Mclean and then Stead to win a City corner off Goodison.
City switch off at the back again to allow Power to sneak in down the byline before Davies whacks clear. Been very slack at the back
"We are staying up" is the chant - from the City end taunting the home fans nearest them. It's getting livelier by the second here
Ridiculous lunge from the Tranmere winger - and even more stupid that some of the fans are clapping him off
Brown is SENT OFF for scything into Doyle. Tranmere down to ten men
Now it is getting heated as Taylor clatters into Stead. Again he escapes with a warning
Ref now talking to fourth official and called Phil Parkinson over. Trying to defuse the situation
Temprs flare as Lowe appears to stand on McArdle right in front of City dug-out. Keeper coach Lee Butler furious and squares up to Tranmere academy head Shaun Garnett
Bending cross from Thompson just misses the far post.
McLaughlin pushes away Power's header from Ridehalgh cross. City keeper not having the most comfortable game
They thought they'd scored again - at least the two guys who jumped up in front the press box did!
But Akpa Akpro's low drive is just the wrong side of the post with McLaughlin at full stretch
Jones goes into the book for dragging back Jason Koumas
Positive run from Yeates but Jones robbed as he takes a pass midway inside Tranmere half
The atmosphere gets a bit more muted as news filters through that Crewe are winning as well. So it's as you were in the table right now
Another Tranmere corner, certainly got their tails up after being gifted that goal
Corner for Tranmere - cleared by local lad Gary Jones.
Applause through the seventh minute in aid of Joe Thompson, the Tranmere winger fighting throat cancer
Mclean almost responds straight away with an effort that is smuggled away by Mooney.
Slack defending as Tranmere take the lead in soft fashion. Doyle gave the ball away in a challenge, PENNINGTON tries a shot and McLaughlin lets it drop into the net. 1-0
Parkinson responds to the loud request with a wave to the City fans...
Might not say this again But COME ON BRADFORD from a Crewe fan #bcafc— @Dobbo_2000 03 May 2014
Jones finds Thompson who hangs cross towards far post. It's half-cleared as far as Doyle whose 20-yard half volley is straight at Mooney.
Cross-cum-shot from Mclean turned behind by Mooney for a very early City corner
Tranmere in a team huddle. City looking very relaxed. Home side get us going, kicking towards the away end...
To the strains of the Rockford Files, here come the teams ... #bcafc http://t.co/lfduwDY11b— @ParkerTandA 03 May 2014
I pray to god this is not the last time we see Stephen Darby in a #bcafc shirt!— @ChrisHilton83 03 May 2014
Away stand continuing to fill up. Reckon around 2,000 City fans have made the trip to Birkenhead
Three banners in the Tranmere end: One More Battle, Make It Count and Believe
Fair turn-out for a nothing game... Nothing for #bcafc anyway! http://t.co/vI5gBSOfUV— @ParkerTandA 03 May 2014
Guy in suit performing live version of Nessum Dorma. That's got the crowd going - City fans respond with a resounding chorus of "going down"...
Sounds like this will be Ian Goodison's final game for Tranmere. Expect him to be ever so slightly pumped then...
Party mode in the away end. All the songs coming out...
I do hope Mark Yeates stays on, we definitely haven't seen the best of him this season #bcafc— @RichardVeazey 03 May 2014
After all the late drama in the Championship at lunchtime, I wonder if League One will follow suit?
There's going to be a lot of anxious checking of the Crewe and Notts County scores from the locals.
City don't have to worry about any of that - but have a score to settle after the earlier game
So many Yorks/Lancs derbies next year! Can't wait #bcafc— @BCAFCBH 03 May 2014
Tranmere keeper Owain Fon Williams misses out with a groin injury so Jason Mooney makes only his third start of the season.
Ian Goodison is also back, which should warm things up in the away end after the Kyel Reid incident at Valley Parade in October....
TRANMERE: Mooney, Pennington, Goodison, Taylor, Ridehalgh, Power, Jennings, Koumas, Brown, Akpa Akpro, Lowe. Subs: Holmes, Baggie, Rowe, Ramsbottom, Kirby, Stockton, Arthurworrey.
So, we're probably not gonna be signing Bennett #bcafc— @RyanKehoe 03 May 2014
And now Birmingham have equalised in stoppage time! So it's gonna be Doncaster down instead...
We know how to live it up #bcafc fry up in Tranmere car park last city game of season http://t.co/qoogjw39T2— @JohnKirkby 03 May 2014
Garry Thompson's reward for scoring last week's winner is a start today.
He comes in for Raffaele De Vita - the only change from the Crawley game.
So it looks like City will resort to a standard 4-4-2 with Mark Yeates playing on the left side.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Drury, Thompson, Doyle, Jones, Yeates, Mclean, Stead. Subs: Meredith, Dolan, McHugh, De Vita, McBurnie, Bennett, Jameson.
.... and no sooner had I typed that then they pull one back. But still need a draw to overhaul Doncaster, who are losing 1-0 at champions Leicester
It looks like a trip to Birmingham on the list for next season. They are now trailing Bolton 2-0
The City fans are in good voice in the Prenton Park pub....
Come on #bcafc win today to cap a fine if not difficult season of progress... I think— @sexyandmoody 03 May 2014
The pitch looks in great nick and is currently being watered. City's squad have already been out for a good look.
Good afternoon and welcome for the final time as City bring down the curtain on another season at Tranmere.
It's all about the home team today as they start the game in the fourth relegation spot.
Tranmere are one point behind Crewe and two adrift of Notts County - defeat and they are doomed.