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Posted Sat 20 Nov 10 at 16:56 PM

Report: Notts County 0 Tranmere 1

An Enoch Showunmi strike gave Tranmere a 1-0 victory over Notts County and their fourth win in five league games. The striker found the net early in the second half at Meadow Lane with Rovers' first shot of the match, the away side having been under pressure for most of the first period. Though Les Parry's side increased their possession after the goal, they were still forced to defend for long periods to secure the win which lifted them six points above the relegation zone. They also had to cope with just ten men for the final quarter of an hour following the red card shown to Joss Labadie. There were two changes to the side that started against Plymouth, with Joss Labadie returning from suspension to line up in a three man midfield alongside John Welsh and Arnaud Mendy and Max Blanchard replacing the injured Marlon Broomes at centre back. Both Enoch Showunmi and Ian Goodison were passed fit to start while Ash Taylor was named as a substitute for the first time in 2010-11 with Adam McGurk also on the bench. Former Rovers loanee John Thompson was on the bench for Notts County alongside new loan signing Lee Miller. County's Neal Bishop fired wide of Peter Gulacsi's goal from 20 yards on five minutes and a Ben Davies free kick landed on the roof of the Rovers net from a similar distance a couple of minutes later, with both moves having begun as a result of the pace of Thomas Ince. An Alan Judge cross went straight through the Tranmere area on 13 minutes and the nippy winger shot wide of Gulacsi's right hand post soon after as the home side's bright start continued. With Zoumana Bakayogo booked and having fouled Judge a second time soon after, the defender was replaced by Cresswell on 25 minutes to prevent Rovers being reduced to ten men. Gulacsi did well to hold on to a shot from Davies from outside the area on 31 minutes while Welsh joined Bakayogo in the referee's notebook three minutes later. County's pressure continued with Davies sending another long range effort just past the left hand post on 39 minutes while two blocks from Goodison kept the scores level at half time. Despite having been under almost 50 minutes of pressure, Rovers took the lead with their first shot of the game. Showunmi's through ball released Thomas-Moore into the County area and though a defender got a touch on the cross, the ball fell to Showunmi who powered in from six yards for his seventh goal of the season. Just a few minutes later the big striker was replaced by Lucas Akins with Thomas-Moore taking up the central role. Davies sent a low drive wide from a corner on 54 minutes as the home side looked for a quick reply and Mike Edwards headed wide at the far post five minutes later in a close shave for Rovers. Liam Chilvers headed over from another County corner on 66 minutes but just as Rovers began to have more possession they were reduced to ten men with Labadie shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident involving Ricky Ravenhill. Thomas-Moore sent a 45 yard shot over the bar after spotting Rob Burch off his line on 79 minutes, while County's Stephen Darby should have levelled a minute later after ghosting in to the area only to see his tame shot palmed behind the post by Gulacsi. A close range header from Karl Hawley was caught by Gulacsi on 89 minutes and Edwards headed over as the game went into injury time. A slip by Goodison let in Hawley on 91 minutes but again Gulacsi proved tough to beat with a punch clear of his goal.   Notts County: Burch, Darby (Hawley 84), Edwards, Ravenhill, Bishop, Davies, Chilvers, Hunt, Westcarr (Rodgers 75), Judge (Miller 64), Ince. Substitutes not used: Nelson, Thompson, Pearce, Spicer. Tranmere: Gulacsi, Cathalina, Blanchard, Goodison, Bakayogo (Cresswell 25), Mendy, Welsh, Labadie, Thomas-Moore, Showunmi (Akins 53), Jennings. Substitutes not used: Collister, Taylor, Wood, Fraughan, McGurk. Referee: Geoff Eltringham Yellow cards: Bakayogo (11), Welsh (34), Goodison (84), Ravenhill (87) Red card: Labadie (75) Away attendance: 577 Follow Tranmere on Twitter at

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