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Posted Wed 17 Jul 13 at 11:27 AM

Tranmere twice came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw against Bristol City.
First goals of the season from Jake Cassidy and Jason Koumas earned Rovers a point, but it could easily have been all three from a game dominated by the visitors.
There was one change to the team that started against Preston as Jason Koumas came in for Jake Kirby. 
Tranmere started the game well and dominated the early possession without creating any clear chances, but the home side took the lead on 13 minutes. A long ball out wide from Marlon Pack found Sam Baldock and he ran at Liam Ridehalgh and sent in a cross which went over Fon Williams and in off the back post.
But the lead didn't last long. In the 19th minute Ridehalgh combined with Matthew Kennedy on the left before releasing James Wallace. His first time left foot cross found Jake Cassidy whose first touch took him past Aden Flint and the striker rifled a shot past Simon Moore and into the roof of the net for his first goal since rejoining the Club on loan.
A low free kick from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was comfortbaly saved by Fon Williams while Wallace curled past the far post at the other end after playing a one two with Cassidy on 32 minutes.
A 25 yard shot from Lowe bounced through the area to Moore on 35 minutes and the striker missed a great chance to put Rovers ahead from close range at the back post a minute later after Cassidy flicked a Kennedy cross into his path.
Fon Williams saved Baldock's low 25 yard strike in the first minute of the second half as the home side set the early pace. But Tranmere were quickly back into the game with Wallace, Koumas and Jennings controlling play.
A quickly taken corner on 55 minutes gave Lowe a shooting opportunity and he curled inches past the far post, while Wallace fired over the bar from 25 yards after stealing the ball from Wade Elliott three minutes later.
A Koumas shot deflected behind for a corner on 71 minutes after good work from Kennedy and Jennings hit a defender from a similar position three minutes later.
But for all their possession, Rovers again found themselves a goal down on 77 minutes. Baldock held the ball up, dropped his shoulder and crossed into the six yard box from where Derrick Williams headed in.
Again, Tranmere responded well. A cross from Wallace was half cleared by the City defence but Jennings quickly found Koumas on the edge of the area and he expertly curled into the top right corner for his first goal since returning to the Club.
Lowe curled over the bar from outside the area on 90 minutes, while Arthurworrey did well to deal with the pace of Wes Burns on the counter attack in the first minute of injury time and Fon Williams saved from Reid soon after.

Bristol City: Moore, Osborne, Flint, El-Abd, Williams (Bryan 86), Elliott, Pack, Baldock, Emmanuel-Thomas, Cunningham (Reid 70), Barnett (Burns 45 HT). Substitutes: Fielding, Moloney, Wynter, Gillett.

Tranmere: Fon Williams, Pennington, Taylor, Arthurworrey, Ridehalgh, Kennedy, Wallace, Jennings, Koumas, Lowe, Cassidy. Substitutes: Mooney, Holmes, Goodison, Power, Kirby, Robinson, Stockton.

Referee: Michael Bull

Yellow cards: Jennings (22), Lowe (28), Arthurworrey (64), Pennington (85)

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