ANDY Robinson earned Tranmere Rovers their third win in a row following a 1-0 defeat of Bury on New Year's Day.

After having a first half penalty saved, the midfielder scored the only goal of the game at Gigg Lane after half time to take the Club to 50 points.

The win was Rovers three wins out of three since Christmas Day. They beat Crewe 2-1 at Prenton Park on Boxing Day and Scunthorpe 1-0, also on home turf, on Saturday.

Manager Ronnie Moore was pleased to see his side make it three wins out of three.

He told Rovers website Tranmere Player: "We were a bit casual at times in the first half but in the second half we got into a better rhythm.

"I think we deserved to win and on another day we might have had one or two more.

"It would have been nice for the penalty to go in but the referee did well to spot it.

"I had a bit of a pop at half time because the standard wasn’t there that we wanted but in the second half we had how many corners and if the quality had been a bit better we might have had more goals.

"Robbo keeps going and he’s got that quality. He dips his shoulder, brings it back inside and it was a fantastic finish, enough to win the game.

"Donervorn is getting better. He’s a young lad, he’s big and strong and quick.

"He still wants to win every headed ball but that will come, it's just patience. I thought the back four defended well, they got good blocks and clearances in.

"When you consider we got beat 5-0 I think everyone thought the bubble had burst.

"But they've shown tremendous character to come back and take nine points over the Christmas period.

"We're safe now, that's the big thing. We’ll enjoy it and see how quickly we can get to 60 points."

Moore praised midfielder Liam Palmer who was playing the last game of his loan spell from Sheffield Wednesday.

However, the Manager hopes it isn’t his final game for the Club.

He added: "Liam has been fantastic but hardly anybody talks about him.

"When Wallace is in there it’s all Wallace and now Max has come in everyone is talking about Max. But Palms has been absolutely fantastic.

"We're hoping we can extend the loan. Hopefully he's going in to sign the contract tomorrow and if that happens there’s every chance he could be able to come back and be able to play for us at Derby which would be nice."

Rovers take a break from League One on Saturday to face Championship side Derby County in the FA Cup third round.

Kicking off at 3pm, the Pride Park Stadium fixture will not only be the first ever FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, but also the first in any cup competition.

The 14 league games played between Rovers and the Rams have seen Tranmere win seven and lose six. The last six games have produced 31 goals between them.