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Tranmere Rovers 0 Shrewsbury Town 2 - Match Report

by Mark Langshaw. Published Sat 16 Feb 2013 13:45

In the words of the great Ronnie Moore, Tranmere Rovers are at risk of missing out on something special if their current slump in form continues.

Liam Palmer's sixth-minute sending off may have had a significant bearing on the 2-0 home defeat to Shrewsbury, but Rovers third loss in a row has left them clinging to the playoff places.

Moore made one change from the reverse at Leyton Orient, throwing in Michael O'Halloran in place of David Amoo, and there was a place for new loanee Paul Corry among the substitutes.

Rovers started positively with early chances falling to Donervorn Daniels and Adam McGurk, but they had the wind taken out of their sails when Palmer was shown a straight red for a dangerous challenge on Joe Jacobson.

The hosts found themselves a goal down just four minutes later. Owain Fon Williams fumbled a cross from wide on the left, leaving Shrewsbury loanee and debutant Chris Porter with an tap.

Tranmere created a handful of chances to draw level, with Cole Stockton heading wide on 21 minutes and McGurk forcing a save out of Shrews goalkeeper Chris Weale in first-half stoppage time but stray passing saw a host of others go begging.

Shrewsbury should have doubled their advantage just before the hour mark when a counterattack carved out a golden opportunity for Porter to claim his second, but the striker scuffed his shot before Steve McGinn blazed one over the bar.

Fon Williams pulled off a fine save to keep out Porter's glancing header in the 67th minute, only for the Shrews to go two up from the resultant corner. Cameron Gayle nodded in after the Rovers keeper collided with Danny Holmes in the box to put the game beyond Moore's men.

Tranmere barely threatened in the time remaining, being restricted to long-range efforts as their opponents defended deeply, and Moore was left struggling to draw any positives from a largely self-inflicted defeat come the final whistle.

The defeat sees Tranmere slide to third in League One, holding on to the playoff positions by a single point with the four sides below them having played a game less.

TRANMERE: Fon Williams, Holmes (Harrison), Taylor, Daniels, Bakayogo, McGurk, Power, Palmer, Robinson, Stockton (Corry), O'Halloran (Amoo)

Subs not used: Mooney, Goodison, Black, Bell-Baggie

Booked: Taylor

Sent off: Palmer

SHREWSBURY: Weale, Jacobson, Jones, Richards, Morgan (Rodgers), Parry (Purdie), McAllister, McGinn, Edwards, Gayle, Porter

Subs not used: Anyon, Mambo, Summerfield, Bradshaw, Wildig

Goals: Porter (10) Gayle (67)

Referee: Mark Brown

Attendance: 9,127


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