UPDATED: Tranmere Rovers back to winning ways with 5-1 victory over Colchester United (From Wirral Globe)
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UPDATED: Tranmere Rovers back to winning ways with 5-1 victory over Colchester United
TRANMERE Rovers returned to winning ways in spectacular style on Saturday after thrashing Colchester United 5-1.
Max Power gave Ronnie Moore's squad the lead 11 minutes into the game at Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Magnus Okuognhae pulled a goal back for the home side, but Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro restored the lead for the visitors before half time.
Ash Taylor's second half header gave Tranmere breathing space, the fourth came from substitute Cole Stockton and Michael O'Halloran completed the scoring from the penalty spot.
It was Rovers' first league win in five games and assistant manager John McMahon said the squad ‘turned things around’ with a powerful performance.
He said this morning: "The three points are very important. The scoreline flattered us a little bit and was a massive confidence boost. We more than took our chances on the day as well," said McMahon.
"There was a happy team in the changing room and on the bus back home afterwards.
"Ian Goodison is back in the side and did very well. He has a calmness about him and is not the type of person who gets flustered."
Ronnie Moore made three changes to the side that started four days earlier against Swindon with Mamady Sidibe making his debut up front alongside the returning Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, while Ian Goodison started at centre back.
The win took Rovers to third on the league table with 59 points, one below first-place.
Rovers League One campaign continues tomorrow night, taking on Notts County at Prenton Park.
Tranmere are in third place in League One with 59 points, so a win would catapult them back into pole position taking the top spot away from Sheffield Utd, who are on 60 points.
The top of the division could scarcely be tighter with just two points separating the top five clubs.
McMahon cotinued: "This is the time of year when people start looking at the table. Fortunately, we are at the right end of it. We need to win at home to boost our confidence even more."
Rovers striker Adam McGurk will miss the next four to six weeks after suffering a collapsed lung.
He is receiving treatment and training will then be gradually increased, initially beginning with non-contact before he eventually rejoins full training.
This weekend, Rovers will be away to Yeovil Town at the Huish Park Stadium.