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Posted Tue 24 Nov 09 at 21:37 PM

Tranmere 2 Southend 0

Goals from Ian Goodison and Terry Gornell and a hard working team performance earned Tranmere a 2-0 win over Southend United at Prenton Park. Les Parry's side got their reward for effort and persistence as they tackled and closed down at every opportunity and took their chances when they came. There were three changes to the side that started at Leyton Orient. Shaleum Logan returned to right back with Gareth Edds coming into the midfield and Terry Gornell joining the attack as Paul McLaren, Ian Thomas-Moore and Charlie Barnett missed out. Former Rovers loanee Simon Francis began the game at right back for the Shrimpers. The strong wind caused both teams problems early on with a number of passes going astray, but Rovers earned a corner and the lead on ten minutes. Chris Shuker's deep cross was headed back across goal by Gareth Edds allowing Ian Goodison to head in from close range for his first of the season. Logan cleared off the goal line on 15 minutes to deny Southend's Sean Morrison an equaliser while Goodison poked another effort straight at Southend keeper Steve Mildenhall three minutes later. John Welsh sent a long range left foot effort over Mildenhall and around a foot high of the Southend bar on 24 minutes and a Shuker run to goal was blocked three minutes later as Rovers looked for a second. Two strong challenges from Southend went unpunished on 28 minutes - one that appeared to be an elbow aimed at the head of Gornell and the other leaving Zoumana Bakayogo flat out in the visitors' penalty area having been in a decent position to cross. A challenge by Alan McCormack on Edds saw the Southend midfielder booked on 34 minutes and a kick on Goodison by Francis Laurent only resulted in a booking three minutes later. Edds cleared a Francis cross at the far post on 44 minutes and Laurent headed over a minute later. There was still time for a Rovers attack, with Edds seeing a shot cleared following a scramble from a corner, and Bakayogo's header being turned away from the set piece that followed. It was almost 2-0 seconds into the second half as Craig Curran raced towards goal before drilling a low shot towards the near post which Mildenhall had to turn behind for a corner. Ash Taylor fired over from the corner and a minute later Shuker's through ball put Bakayogo in on goal only for his powerful effort to go wide of the target. At the opposite end a pass from Francis released Laurent into the right side of the area but he was put under pressure by Bakayogo and his shot went wide of goal. Welsh did well to race out of his defensive position and block McCormack's free kick on 64 minutes, shortly before McLaren replaced Goodison who had been playing through the pain barrier. The change meant Taylor dropping into the centre of defence alongside Marlon Broomes and the youngster was immediately in the thick of it, heading clear a dangerous cross that was heading for the League One leading scorer Lee Barnard. Luke Daniels saved well from Adam Barrett on 67 minutes with Taylor completing the clearance. Four minutes later Rovers doubled their lead. Curran's persistence paid off as he won the ball deep on the right before playing it back to Logan. The Man City loanee whipped in a fine cross to the far post and the ball dropped behind the defence to Gornell who shot across Mildenhall and into the net from close range. Thomas-Moore replaced Shuker with 15 minutes remaining while Southend substitute Damien Scannell raced past two challenges and towards goal before Bakayogo intervened and Daniels gathered. Another fine save from Mildenhall denied Thomas-Moore a goal from an acrobatic volley on 87 minutes while Bakayogo cleared at the other end from a fast Southend counter attack. Curran forced Mildenhall into a two handed save on 90 minutes and Rovers dealt with a late Southend attack to keep the clean sheet. Tranmere: Daniels, Logan, Broomes, Goodison (McLaren 64), Bakayogo, Welsh, Taylor, Edds, Curran, Gornell, Shuker (Thomas-Moore 75). Substitutes not used: Collister, Cresswell, Barnett, Ricketts, Bain. Southend: Mildenhall, Francis, Malone, Christophe, Morrison, Barrett, McCormack, Barnard, Moussa, Freedman (Scannell 69), Laurent (Walker 77). Substitutes not used: O'Keefe, Asante, Bentley. Referee: Darren Webb Yellow cards: McCormack (34), Laurent (37), Broomes (73), Barrett (80)

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