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Posted Sun 24 Jun 12 at 15:32 PM

Power strike earns Rovers three points

Max Power's second half strike gave Tranmere a hard fought 1-0 win over Oldham at Prenton Park. 
The midfielder's shot into the bottom corner earned Rovers their first home win in almost two months and a double over the Latics in 2012-13.
There was one change to the side that started against Yeovil with Liam Palmer replacing the injured Mamady Sidibe. Max Power started on the right side of midfield with Michael O'Halloran up front alongside Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.
The first chance of the game came Rovers' way on seven minutes. Akpa Akpro and Palmer combined inside the Oldham half allowing Abdulai Bell-Baggie to use his pace to get past Jean-Yves M'Voto but his shot from the edge of the area was blocked by James Tarkowski. 
Akpa Akpro was denied by a fine save from Dean Bouzanis on 14 minutes. The striker arched his back to head Power's corner across goal and towards the far post but the keeper dived to his right and pushed the ball away. 
Ronnie Moore was forced into a change before half time for the third successive game on 21 minutes when injury forced O'Halloran off. David Amoo was his replacement. 
James Wesolowski ran on to a Matt Smith knock down and shot wide of Owain Fon Williams' goal on 20 minutes while an Amoo shot was blocked for a corner at the opposite end eight minutes later. 
Goodison lost possession on 30 minutes allowing Oldham to break through Smith and the striker's long range effort took a nasty bobble in front of Fon Williams with the Rovers keeper doing well to hold the ball. 
Danny Holmes' attempt at hooking clear an Oldham corner on 35 minutes was interupted by the referee who accidentally knocked the Rovers defender over. The incident gave possession to the Latics on the left and Brown's cross was headed towards the bottom left corner by Barnard but Fon Williams saved. 
Matt Smith's header was comfortably kept out by Fon Williams on 37 minutes and the big striker's knock down forced Taylor to clear over his own bar a minute later. 
Rovers survived a late scare when Smith stole the ball from Goodison and Oldham countered but Holmes cleared before Jordan Obita could shoot. 
It took until 61 minutes for the first shot of the second half but it was a decisive one. The introduction of Cole Stockton for Paul Corry had seen Power move into the centre of midfield and it was there that the midifelder picked up possession. After initially losing his footing, he picked himself up and evaded two challenges before firing into the bottom left corner from 20 yards for his fourth goal of the season. 
The goal led to an increase in the game's tempo.On 68 minutes penalty appeals from Oldham were turned down when Barnard went down under a challenge from Taylor. The visitors kept playing and the ball found Croft whose first time effort from ten yards forced Fon Williams to turn around his post. 
Akpa Akpro took on M'Voto before bringing a save out of Bouzanis with a curling strike from the edge of the area while Baxter went even closer for Oldham on 73 minutes, curling a 25 yard free kick against the bar with the ball bouncing just in front of the goal line before being cleared by Taylor. 
Akpa Akpro brought a save out of Bouzanis on 81 minutes with a first time shot after Stockton chested the ball into his path. 
A 40 yard shot from M'Voto tested Fon Williams on 86 minutes and Robbie Simpson headed over from a Grounds cross in the first minute of added time. 
Danny Harrison was brought on in place of Bell-Baggie on 92 minutes and soon after Bouzanis made a superb double save to deny Stockton and Palmer. 

Tranmere: Fon Williams, Holmes, Taylor, Goodison, Bakayogo, Power, Corry (Stockton 60), Palmer, Bell-Baggie (Harrison 90+2), Akpa Akpro, O'Halloran (Amoo 21). Substitutes: Mooney, Kay, Daniels, Black.

Oldham: Bouzanis, Brown, Grounds, Wesolowski (Furman 86), M'Voto, Tarkowski, Croft, Smith (Simpson 59), Obita, Barnard, Baxter. Substitutes: Cisak, Iewlumo, Taylor, Millar, Winchester.

Referee: Tim Robinson

Yellow cards: Goodison (9), Brown (11), Tarkowski (19), Power (64) 

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