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Posted Fri 14 Dec 12 at 15:33 PM

Tranmere's four game winning run in the league came to an end with a 1-0 defeat at Coventry City.
Leon Clarke's first half strike sealed Rovers' third away loss of the season in sub-zero temperatures at the Ricoh Arena.
Ronnie Moore's side had four shots cleared off the line in the second half but couldn't find a way past former Tranmere keeper Joe Murphy.
There were two changes to the team that started against Crawley as Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Danny Harrison replaced Andy Robinson and Adam McGurk. The Manager also opted for a formation change with Rovers playing 4-3-3 against the Sky Blues.
The first chance of the game came for the home side on five minutes with Gary McSheffrey breaking through the Rovers midfield before shooting wide of the left hand post from outside the area.
Owain Fon Williams turned a low effort from Cyrus Christie around his post on nine minutes after a Rovers counter attack broke down on the left.
Though Tranmere won a couple of corners in quick succession just past the ten minute mark, the second saw them lose possession allowing Coventry to race clear. The home side had a six on two advantage early in the break but Bakayogo and Akpa Akpro were quickly back to help and McSheffrey's final ball was over hit straight to Fon Williams.
The home side took the lead on 20 minutes. A corner on the right was headed back across goal and Leon Clarke hooked the ball in from inside the six yard box.
Zoumana Bakayogo dragged a shot wide of the target from 20 yards following Michael O'Halloran's lay off on 21 minutes while an attack started by Akpa Akpro ended with O'Halloran failing to work a shooting angle.
Clarke headed straight at Fon Williams from a deep Baker cross on 37 minutes, the final chance of the half at either end.
A Liam Palmer effort from the edge of the area from Max Power's corner deflected over the bar three minutes into the second half while Coventry missed twice in quick succession, with Steve Jennings following Franck Moussa in shooting to the right of the target.
McSheffrey twice brought saves out of Fon Williams on 57 minutes, first hooking goalwards from a corner before testing the keeper with a swerving 25 yard free kick following a foul by Bakayogo.
Adam McGurk and Cole Stockton came on for O'Halloran and Harrison just after the hour mark as Rovers switched to 4-4-2.
David Amoo shot high over the bar from 30 yards on 69 minutes and two minutes later the home side managed to clear off the line three times in five seconds. First Taylor's header from Power's corner was pushed away by Murphy, then Akpa Akpro's follow up was blocked by a defender and Palmer's attempt also cleared by the keeper.
Abdulai Bell-Baggie made his comeback from injury in the 77th minute as a substitute for Amoo while Fon Williams saved Baker's low 25 yard free kick to keep his side in the game.
Rovers went in search of an equaliser but a back post Bakayogo header was kept out by Murphy on 87 minutes and the follow up was turned wide of the target.
There was one more chance deep in injury time after Akpa Akpro was fouled just outside the area but the Coventry wall did its job and the home side cleared.

Coventry: Murphy, Baker, Fleck (Thomas 65), McSheffrey, Jennings, Leon Clarke, Christie, Wood, Edjenguele, Moussa (Elliott 65), Adams. Substitutes: Dunn, Jordan Clarke, Cameron, Bell, Barton.

Tranmere: Fon Williams, Holmes, Taylor, Daniels, Bakayogo, Harrison (Stockton 61), Power, Palmer, Amoo (Bell-Baggie 77), Akpa Akpro, O'Halloran (McGurk 61). Substitutes: Mooney, Goodison, Black, Robinson.

Referee: Gavin Ward

Yellow cards: Bakayogo (58), Holmes (81)

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