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Posted Sun 24 Jun 12 at 15:32 PM

Tranmere claimed a hard fought point against Notts County at Prenton Park on Tuesday night. 
Moore's side had to cope with two early injuries as Rovers, already without Mamady Sidibe, Adam McGurk and James Wallace through injury and Liam Palmer through suspension, lost Andy Robinson and Ian Goodison to knocks in the first half. 
Rovers led at half time through Abdulai Bell-Baggie's second goal of the season but the visitors equalised in the second half when Jeff Hughes headed in from a set piece. 
There was one change to the team that started at Colchester with injury denying Mamady Sidiby a home debut and his place going to Abdulai Bell-Baggie. Michael O'Halloran moved up front alongside Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. 
Fresh from scoring a spectacular long range effort at Colchester, Max Power tried to make it two in two games early on with a right foot volley from 30 yards but his attempt was wide of Bartosz Bialkowski's goal. 
Bialkowski was called on in the sixth minute, with the keeper saving from O'Halloran after the Bolton Wanderers loanee used his pace to get behind the Magpies defence. 
Andy Robinson had to be replaced by Cole Stockton after only 11 minutes after picking up a knock, with the change meaning a move out wide for O'Halloran. 
It needed a well timed block from Paul Corry to keep out Francois Zoko's close range shot at the back post on 21 minutes after Ian Goodison had been drawn out of the area and was unable to block a cross from Jamal Campbell-Ryce. 
At the other end Ash Taylor headed into the ground and straight into the arms of Bialkowski from a Power free kick, while a surging run from the back proved to be the last involvement for Goodison who came off with an injury and was replaced by Donervorn Daniels. 
Daniels was immediately in the thick of things, sending a couple of big headers clear of the Rovers area, but the next real action came at the opposite end of the pitch. On 31 minutes O'Halloran used his strength and pace to get past a couple of challenges on the halfway line and fed a through ball into the County area for Bell-Baggie. The winger held off a challenge and slotted a low shot past Bialkowski to give Rovers the lead. 
Notts County almost responded immediately but Taylor did well to get a foot in the way of John Cofie's shot from six yards. 
Fon Williams twice kept County out on 37 minutes, first palming a free kick away from the top right corner before blocking Julian Kelly's close range strike from Zoko's cut back. 
County piled on the pressure late in the half and though Rovers wasted some opportunities to keep possession and break out of their half, the defence did enough to maintain the lead until half time, while a powerful drive from Stockton from 20 yards almost doubled the advantage in the second minute of added time. 
An underhit pass on the halfway line from Neal Bishop was intercepted by Stockton and the young striker raced towards the County area only to see his shot blocked by a defender. 
Taylor's back post volley from a Power cross was claimed by Bialkowski on his goal line on the hour mark while Fon Williams saved substitute Jeff Hughes' back post header under his cross bar on 65 minutes. 
Stockton send a dipping 20 yard effort over the top right corner on 67 minutes and O'Halloran missed from a similar position soon after. 
The visitors drew level on 74 minutes. A free kick on the left was whipped into the area and Hughes got a flick header on the ball to take it past Fon Williams and into the top right corner. 
Paul Black replaced Bell-Baggie on 78 minutes with Bakayogo pushing further forward and O'Halloran moving to the right wing. 
County almost took the lead on 84 minutes. Alan Judge spotted the run of Hughes into the box and chipped a pass over the Tranmere defence. Fon Williams forced Hughes wide but the midfielder cut back on to his favoured left foot and curled a shot against the left hand post and Max Power prevented a shot on the rebound. 


Tranmere: Fon Williams, Kay, Taylor, Goodison (Daniels 26), Bakayogo, Bell-Baggie (Black 78), Power, Corry, Robinson (Stockton 11), Akpa Akpro, O'Halloran. Substitutes: Mooney, Holmes, Daniels, Harrison, Amoo. 

Notts County: Bialkowski, Kelly (Hughes 63), Sheehan, Leacock, Liddle, Bishop, Boucaud, Campbell-Ryce, Judge, Cofie (Arquin 63), Zoko (Bencherif 90). Substitutes: Spiess, Smith, Waite, Blyth.

Referee: Scott Duncan 

Yellow cards: Judge (76), Power (88) 

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