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Posted Sat 17 Oct 09 at 16:54 PM

Tranmere 2 Brighton 1

Tranmere picked up their first win under Caretaker Manager Les Parry as goals from midfield pair Gareth Edds and John Welsh earned them a 2-1 win over Brighton at Prenton Park. The pair scored either side of half time and though the Seagulls pulled a goal back from the penalty spot Rovers did enough to hold on for the vital three points.   There were two changes to the side that started against Stockport as loan keeper David Martin made his debut in place of the suspended Luke Daniels and John Welsh came into midfield instead of Alan Mahon. Kithson Bain was named among the substitutes with Michael Ricketts missing out. The first chance of the game fell to Gary Hart of Brighton on three minutes but his near post header from a corner went wide of goal. At the other end Craig Curran headed at Michael Kuipers from 16 yards before Glenn Murray broke free of Marlon Broomes to head wide from an unmarked position on 11 minutes. On 13 minutes Curran tested Kuipers with a powerful shot. The keeper made the save and the loose ball was cleared from the path of Ian Thomas-Moore by a lunging challenge from Gavin Hoyte. Shots from Paul McLaren and Gareth Edds failed to trouble Kuipers while Thomas-Moore failed to get on the end of a Logan ball across the area as Rovers looked for the opening goal. Logan intercepted a Brighton pass on 26 minutes before racing 50 yards into the opposition half and shooting wide and Murray's shot was tipped over the bar by Martin four minutes later. Rovers broke the deadlock on 35 minutes. A long throw from the right wasn't cleared by the visiting defence and following a scramble involving Thomas-Moore and Terry Gornell the ball ran across the area to Edds who skipped past the dive of Kuipers before turning into the net. Shaleum Logan cleared the danger from close to his own line two minutes later as Brighton won a corner and Martin had to save at his near post in injury time as Rovers took their lead into half time. Tranmere almost doubled their lead on 49 minutes when Zoumana Bakayogo played a one two with Paul McLaren before smashing a shot towards the top right corner which Kuipers did well to push out for a corner. Rovers' first substitution saw Charlie Barnett replace Edds in midfield after the Australian had been forced off the pitch for a long spell following a cut to the head. Brighton spent long spells in the Tranmere half putting the home side under pressure but the nerves were eased in fine fashion by Welsh on 66 minutes. The midfielder picked up a stray ball, turned his defender twice before smashing a left foot shot into the far corner of the goal from outside the area. Bakayogo - fresh from some treatment from Les Parry - saw another angled shot saved by Kuipers on 70 minutes. But the next chance came at the other end as the visitors were awarded a penalty after Martin caught Murray when the striker ran past Logan into the area. Murray picked himself up to take the spot kick and though Martin went the right way he was unable to prevent Brighton from pulling a goal back. Just as Brighton looked to be gaining momentum they were reduced to ten men as Murray was sent off after receiving his second yellow card - both of which were shown for handball. Brighton continued to push for an equaliser but they were unable to create any clear cut chances and Rovers took all three points. Tranmere: Martin, Logan, Broomes, Goodison, Bakayogo, Edds (Barnett 55), McLaren (Taylor 78), Welsh, Curran, Thomas-Moore, Gornell. Substitutes not used: Collister, Cresswell, Mahon, Shuker, Bain. Brighton and Hove Albion: Kuipers, McNulty (Wright 27), Elphick, Hart (Dickinson 82), Murray, Dicker, Crofts, Thornhill (Cox 45 HT), Virgo, Bennett, Hoyte. Substitutes not used: Navarro, Tunnicliffe, Davies, Smith. Referee: Jock Waugh Yellow cards: Bakayogo (17), Murray (41), Bennett (43), Hart (52), Broomes (58), Martin (77) Red card: Murray (80)

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