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Posted Tue 23 Nov 10 at 21:41 PM

Report: Tranmere 0 Hartlepool 1

Tranmere's run of three successive wins came to an end with a 1-0 defeat against Hartlepool United at Prenton Park. In a fairly uneventful match, it was an own goal from Peter Gulacsi that settled affairs in the visitors' favour, the on loan keeper punching into his own net with around 15 minutes remaining. There were four changes to the side that started in the 1-0 win over Notts County with both John Welsh and Joss Labadie missing out through suspension, Enoch Showunmi unavailable due to injury and Zoumana Bakayogo dropping to the bench. Coming into the side were Lucas Akins, new loan signing Sam Mantom, Ryan Fraughan and Aaron Cresswell. After a slow start to the game, Max Blanchard cleared a dangerous cross from Leon McSweeney on eight minutes, while Rovers' first chance saw Ian Thomas-Moore head Akins' powerful cross into the hands of Jake Kean from six yards five minutes later. A miss hit back pass from Blanchard put makeshift Pools striker Ritchie Humphreys one on one with Gulacsi on 14 minutes but the Rovers man was relieved to see the right foot curler go comfortably wide of the target. Cresswell and Goodison combined to take the ball away from Antony Sweeney as he latched on to a Joe Gamble flick on inside the area on 17 minutes while Goodison got in front of Humphreys to prevent the Hartlepool veteran a header on goal seven minutes later. A close range volley from Gary Liddle went straight at Gulacsi on 31 minutes and Jennings covered for Creswell to clear the danger as Sweeney broke into the Rovers area soon after. It needed a well timed touch from Arnaud Mendy to take the ball out of the path of Humphreys inside the six yard box on 34 minutes and Goodison had to block a shot from Gamble moments later as Hartlepool continued to press. Tim Cathalina headed away from Andy Monkhouse at the far post on 39 minutes while a typically powerful run from Dale Jennings tested the Hartlepool defence four minutes later before the youngster won a free kick in a dangerous position, from which Cresswell fired just over the bar. A fine run by Jennings was ended by a bad first touch from Mantom on 66 minutes, moments before Nick Wood replaced the injured Cathalina, with Blanchard moving to right back. Mantom was close to scoring on his debut with a right foot strike from Akins' pull back on 72 minutes, but his low effort at the end of a crisp passing move curled away from the target. Rovers' second change saw Adam McGurk make his return from injury to take the place of Mantom, with the side reshuffling into a 4-4-2 formation. Gulacsi pulled off a fine reaction save to keep a close range shot out and it needed a back post clearance from Fraughan to keep out Sam Collins' header. However, from the next corner that followed, Gulacsi attempted to punch clear, but under pressure from a Hartlepool player could only turn the ball into his own net. A 35 yard shot from Jennings forced Kean to palm clear, and after the ball returned to the young striker, his run into the area appeared to be ended by the arm of a Hartlepool player but appeals for a penalty were turned down by referee Gary Sutton. A late break into the area saw further penalty appeals rejected, this time Goodison receiving a pass from Thomas-Moore and seeing his shot hit the defender, the last chance of the game for Les Parry's side.  Tranmere: Gulacsi, Cathalina (Wood 67), Blanchard, Goodison, Cresswell, Mantom (McGurk 74), Mendy, Fraughan, Akins, Thomas-Moore, Jennings. Substitutes not used: Collister, Bakayogo, Taylor, Power, Mackreth. Hartlepool: Kean, Austin, Humphreys (Brown 68), Liddle, Collins, Horwood, McSweeney (Bjornsson 83), Gamble (Murray 87), Monkhouse, Sweeney, Hartley. Substitutes not used: Yantorno, Haslam, Poole, Nicholls. Referee: Gary Sutton Yellow cards: Mendy (74), Goodison (90+2) Follow Tranmere on Twitter at

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