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Crucial games ahead for top of the table Tranmere
TRANMERE Rovers stayed top of League One with first-half goals from David Amoo and Zoumana Bakayogo sealing a comfortable victory over Crawley.
Amoo opened the scoring just before the half-hour with a close-range header. Bakayogo doubled Rovers lead with a looping cross hitting the post and rebounding in off keeper Paul Jones.
Tranmere signed former Liverpool youngster Amoo on a six-month contract last week. The 21-year-old, who came through Millwall's youth system, left Anfield for Preston in the summer.
The win was Rovers' fourth consecutive league victory and kept them at the top of the division with 53 points.
Tranmere now kick off a crucial week of league action beginning with an away battle against Coventry City on Wednesday night.
Boss Ronnie Moore said: "Coventry are a big club and have a big club mentality, they also have a very good manager in Mark Robins who knows the game inside out.
"This is going to be a very tough game."
With Rovers now approaching the final third of the League One campaign, the manager said: "We've got to attack, because when we do and we've got pace we are going to cause teams problems.
"The four games this month are massive.
"After January there will be 16 games left to the end of the season and everyone is going to be disappointed if we don’t make the play-offs.
"But things can change so quickly in this division and we have to be tough, we have to be positive."
Paying tribute to Amoo’s debut performance, team-mate Liam Palmer said: "It was a good debut from David.
"He worked really hard and took the pressure off us when we were under the cosh. Play the ball into the channel and he will run all day for you, and to have that is a massive help.
"We've been questioned a lot since we've had a little dip. But we've ground-out draws, ground-out good results and that's the mark of a good team in any division.
"That's the resilience you need."
Rovers are away to Brentford next Saturday, January 19, and will face Swindon Town at Prenton Park the following week.