Tranmere continue poor run ahead of play-offs after defeat at Crawley
Tranmere go into the play-offs against Forest Green with only one win in their last seven games following a 3-1 defeat at Crawley.
Two goals in a six-minute spell late in the first half helped Crawley clinch a win on the final day of the season for the first time since 2012.
Rovers boss Micky Mellon made no fewer than eight changes with a play-off place already secured and top scorer James Norwood was first to threaten for the visitors.
Norwood was released by Jonny Smith and his dangerous ball into the box was claimed by keeper Glenn Morris.
The recalled Zoumana Bakayogo came to Rovers’ rescue by later clearing a goal-bound shot from Reece Grego-Cox off the line.
Crawley took a grip on the game by scoring two goals in six minutes before the interval with Ashley Nathaniel-George breaking the deadlock on 36 minutes.
Nathaniel-George tapped in from close range after keeper Scott Davies could only parry a Matty Willock shot.
And then former Bolton playmaker Filipe Morais forced the ball home on 42 minutes following a goal-bound effort by Joe McNerney.
Rovers reduced the deficit five minutes after the break when Nathaniel-George brought down Adam Buxton and Norwood registered his 31st goal of the season in all competitions from the penalty spot.
Crawley clinched only their second home win in the last four months with Panutche Camara running through to score a fine solo goal after out-pacing Steve McNulty in the first minute of stoppage time.