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Posted Tue 25 Jan 11 at 21:39 PM

Report: Swindon 0 Tranmere 0

A penalty save from Tony Warner proved crucial as Rovers picked up a point from a goalless draw against Swindon at the County Ground. The keeper guessed the right way to keep out Charlie Austin's spot kick and made a couple of important saves late in the game, while Lateef Elford-Alliyu went closest to scoring for Tranmere, hitting the post from the edge of the area midway through the first half. There was just one change to the side that started the match against Southampton, with Nick Wood coming into the centre of defence in place of the injured Marlon Broomes. Jack Mackreth and Sam Morrow were on the substitutes' bench with Alan Mahon missing out. The home side shot wide inside the first minute through Jon-Paul McGovern and soon after Tony Warner had to come and punch a cross away from his area. Rovers' first chance came on seven minutes when Dale Jennings spoted Swindon keeper Phil Smith off his line and tried to lob him, but his long range effort went just over the bar. After Swindon's fast start, Tranmere began to work their way into the game, with Welsh controlling well to bring a flick on down only to put his 20-yard effort past the post. However, on 18 minutes the home side were awarded a penalty. Joss Labadie ran back into his own area with the ball, but when challenged by Michael Timlin the referee ruled that the Rovers midfielder fouled his opponent and pointed to the spot. Charlie Austin stepped up to take the penalty, but Tony Warner dived to his left and turned the ball away for a corner to the delight of his team mates. The first goal almost came at the other end seconds later. Rovers broke through Lateef Elford-Alliyu and his 20-yard shot beat Smith only to strike the inside of the post and rebound away from goal. The ball fell back to Elford-Alliyu but he couldn't get his effort on target and Swindon cleared. The frantic spell continued with Enoch Showunmi going down inside the Swindon area but this time penalty appeals were ignored. Swindon keeper Smith dropped a Cresswell cross on 25 minutes but Showunmi was unable to take advantage, while long range efforts from Thomas Dossevi and Jonathan Douglas went over the bar at the other end. Jennings' shot from distance was blocked on 38 minutes and a Cresswell free kick went wide of goal soon after. Another run from Jennings saw the youngster beat the full back only to over run the ball and allow Swindon to clear. Kevin Amankwaah blocked Jennings' shot after good work from Elford-Alliyu on 43 minutes, with John Welsh firing wide from the resulting corner - the last chance of the half for either side. Rovers pressured with a couple of early corners in the second half but both were cleared by the home side, while Labadie picked up a booking for a foul on Douglas on 58 minutes. Though there was less goalmouth action than in the first half, there were still one or two chances for either side. A right foot shot from Cresswell missed the target on 64 minutes and Swindon's Douglas fired over the top from the edge of the area five minutes later. Warner saved well twice in quick succession from Alan O'Brien and Dossevi, with Wood clearing off the line in the resulting scramble. Adam McGurk came on for Elford-Alliyu with ten minutes remaining, while Jennings was replaced by Ian Thomas-Moore five minutes later. The home side enjoyed most of the possession as the game drew to a close and saw Dossevi shoot narrowly wide of Warner's goal before Austin smashed a shot against the intersection of the post and bar. Warner saved well in injury time from Dossevi while McGurk brought a fine save out of Smith in the final seconds with a curling effort.  Swindon: Smith, Lescinel (Sheehan 69), Cuthbert, Frampton, Amankwaah, Ritchie, Douglas, Timlin, McGovern (O'Brien 65), Dossevi, Austin. Substitutes not used: Scott, Caddis, Ferry, Prutton, Evans. Tranmere: Warner, Kay, Wood, McChrystal, Cresswell, Welsh, Taylor, Labadie, Elford-Alliyu (McGurk 80), Showunmi, Jennings (Thomas-Moore 85). Substitutes not used: Collister, Fraughan, Mackreth, Akins, Morrow. Referee: J Linington Yellow cards: Labadie (58), Kay (76), Cresswell (82), Showunmi (83) Follow Tranmere on Twitter at

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