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Posted Sat 01 Oct 11 at 16:55 PM

Report: Tranmere 0 Bournemouth 0

Tranmere kept their sixth clean sheet of the season but were unable to find a goal themselves as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Prenton Park by Bournemouth. It was a frustrating afternoon for Rovers who struck the woodwork in the first half, had a shot cleared off the line and a decent penalty claim turned down, but failed to hit the target often enough having created plenty of decent attacking opportunities. Les Parry opted for the same team that started at Preston with Jose Baxter making his home debut. Both Andy Robinson and Martin Devaney missed out through injury. After an early cross from Harry Arter was caught by Owain Fon Williams, Rovers responded with a couple of attacks of their own, first the ball not landing in a decent position for Ash Taylor before his team mates failed to get on the end of Adam McGurk's dipping cross from the left. Enoch Showunmi couldn't control David Buchanan's low cross after good work from McGurk on six minutes but the first real chance of the game came eight minutes later. A cross field ball from Robbie Weir perfectly found McGurk on the left and his low ball rebounded to Baxter 12 yards out with the Everton loanee seeing his shot bounce into the ground and narrowly wide of the right hand post. Goodison couldn't react quickly enough to get on the end of Lucas Akins' flick down from a long McGurk throw in on 22 minutes, while Baxter fired over from the edge of the area two minutes later. Weir started another attack on 27 minutes, racing through the Bournemouth half before finding Baxter. He tried to square the ball to Showunmi inside the area but his pass took a wicked deflection off Stephane Zubar, looped up over Cherries keeper Darryl Flahavan and hit the top of the visitors' bar. Rovers should have tested the keeper on 31 minutes. A free kick from Buchanan was headed back across the area by Taylor and found Ian Goodison at the far post. However, the veteran centre back took too long on the ball allowing a Bournemouth defender to block his shot. Marc Pugh fired over the Tranmere bar from six yards as the ball dropped right at his feet from a free kick on 44 minutes, while Akins sent the the final chance of the half for either team over the bar from the edge of the area in front of the visiting supporters.   Fon Williams did well to save Scott Malone's deflected cross in the first minute of the second half, with Goodison reacting fastest to clear the ball from the area after the Rovers keeper had stretched to palm away. The Cherries started the period the brighter of the two teams, with Jaime Peters bringing a save of Fon Williams with a shot from the edge of the area. However, Rovers responded well and were perhaps unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty on 48 minutes when Akins cut inside Malone and went down under the defender's challenge as he ran towards the six yard box. Goodison did well to clear two low Bournemouth crosses while McGurk's attempted spectacular overhead kick from Akins' cross went high over the Cherries bar. On 54 minutes Rovers were denied another penalty when Akins' cross hit the hand of Stephane Zubar, but Tranmere Manager Les Parry was quick to point out to the Bournemouth bench that the visitors had suffered the same fate in the first hand when Buchanan was unpunished for the same offence. Goodison fired over the top on 55 minutes following a goalmouth scramble while the end to end action continued with Thomas squandering two chances for the visitors, first sending an unmarked header straight at Fon Williams before shooting wide from close range. McGurk headed Akins' chipped cross straight at Flahavan on 69 minutes while Showunmi's overhead kick was saved by the Bournemouth keeper a minute later after Buchanan headed Dave Raven's cross back across the area. Joss Labadie replaced Weir in the centre of midfield on 71 minutes and he was involved in a long passing move that eventually saw Baxter race past a defender to force Flahavan to save low at his near post. A marauding run from Goodison saw the defender pick out McGurk on 75 minutes and his looped cross was chested down by Akins before the striker shot at Flahavan on the turn. Akins' low shot was blocked for a corner on 88 minutes from which Taylor saw his goalbound header cleared off the line before McGurk's follow up effort was saved. Rovers kept up their pressure with McGurk's long distance shot deflecting inches wide of the post, the last involvement for the former Aston Villa striker who was replaced by Zoumana Bakayogo as Baxter saw his header saved on the line. A foul on Akins drew a free kick to the right side of the area in the third minute of added time from which Baxter's shot was cleared on its way to goal. Tranmere: Fon Williams, Raven, Taylor, Goodison, Buchanan, Akins, Welsh, Weir (Labadie 71), McGurk (Bakayogo 89), Baxter, Showunmi (Tiryaki 85). Unused Substitutes: Coughlin, Kay. Bournemouth: Flahavan, Peters, Gregory, Thomas (Doble 77), Pugh, Cooper, Zubar, Arter, Barrett, Malone (Cummings 67), Purches. Unused substitutes: Jalal, Fletcher, Taylor. Referee: Andy Haines Yellow cards: Peters (30), Welsh (84) Follow Tranmere on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tranmererovers.  

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