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Posted Wed 29 Sep 10 at 15:16 PM

Report: Bristol Rovers 0 Tranmere 1

Dale Jennings' first senior goal earned Tranmere a 1-0 win at Bristol Rovers. The 17-year old youth team striker fired in an unstoppable shot on the stroke of half time as Les Parry's side kept the clean sheet the Manager had asked for. Rovers had to cope with an anxious final ten minutes as Bristol Rovers threw men forward but the defence held strong to pick up three vital points. The result lifted Tranmere out of the bottom four in npower League 1 and will be a boost to confidence ahead of Saturday's home fixture against the division leaders Brighton & Hove Albion.   Rovers fielded an unchanged starting line-up from the one that began the match at Colchester, with Ian Goodison shaking off the ankle injury he picked up at the Weston Home Community Stadium. However, Ian Thomas-Moore and Adam McGurk missed out through injury. Peter Gulacsi saved Jo Kuffour's fourth minute volley and Ian Goodison and John Welsh both produced decent tackles to deny Bristol Rovers shooting opportunities soon after. Gulacsi kept out John Akinde's low effort on ten minutes with a fine save to tip the ball around the post, with Welsh clearing the resulting corner as Bristol Rovers made the brighter start. Max Blanchard controlled the ball on his chest before sending a dipping effort just over the bar on 19 minutes for Tranmere's first shot of the half with Aaron Cresswell testing Pirates goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen soon after with a low free kick. A couple of fouls on Joss Labadie gave Tranmere some dangerous free kick situations outside the Bristol Rovers area, with Cresswell sending one narrowly past the post with a powerful effort. A well worked corner routine gave Blanchard a shooting opportunity from an unmarked position eight yards from goal but the defender put his effort wide of the target. The chance looked set to be the last of the half until Dale Jennings gave Tranmere the lead with a fantastic strike in added time. Lucas Akins picked up a clearance wide on teh right, played the ball back to Blanchard and his cross found Jennings on the edge of the area who took a touch and turned towards goal before firing the ball beyond Andersen for his first goal for the Club.  Nick Wood replaced the Jermaine Grandison for the start of the second half after the on loan Coventry City centre back picked up an injury moments before the end of the first 45 minutes. Cresswell forced Andersen to punch clear his free kick on 52 minutes while Gulacsi pushed a lob from Kuffour over the bar at the other end. Jennings came close to a second goal after running at the home defence before drilling the ball into the side netting from outside the area. Labadie's attempted lob from long range went out for a goal kick on 60 minutes in the middle of a spate of bookings that saw both Jennings and Blanchard pick up cautions from referee Chris Sarginson. Gulacsi held on to Will Hoskins' 20 yard effort on 67 minutes and a shot from Akins deflected into the arms of Andersen four minutes later at the opposite end of the pitch. Jennings' long range effort missed the target on 75 minutes while Gulacsi dealt with Jeff Hughes' 20 yard shot soon after. Tim Cathalina came on to make his debut in place of Akins with eight minutes remaining and soon after Tranmere survived a goalmouth scramble when Gulacsi made saves to deny Regan and Hoskins. Another goalmouth scramble saw Tranmere have to contend with home goalkeeper Andersen come forward for a corner but the combination of Goodison, Labadie and Blanchard managed to get the ball clear. The home side pressed forward once again as the game went into four minutes of added time but with Zoumana Bakayogo brought on for Jennings, Tranmere firmed up the defence to hold on for all three points. Bristol Rovers: Andersen, Regan, Coles, Anthony, Sawyer, Hoskins, Campbell (Brown 69), Lines, Hughes, Akinde, Kuffour. Substitutes not used: Green, Tunnicliffe, Blizzard, Richards, Reece, Pell. Tranmere: Gulacsi, Blanchard, Grandison (Wood 45 HT), Goodison, Cresswell, Labadie, Welsh, Mendy, Akins (Cathalina 83), Showunmi, Jennings (Bakayogo 90+2). Substitutes not used: Collister, Fraughan, McLaren. Referee: Chris Sarginson Yellow cards: Jennings (58), Regan (63), Blanchard (64), Cresswell (72), Cathalina (87) Away attendance: 117

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