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Moore delight as Tranmere Rovers mark first League One win of the season
9:09am Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
Ryan Lowe's late penalty gave Tranmere Rovers their first League One win of the season over Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.
The striker scored the only goal of the game at in second half injury time after coming on as a substitute.
Manager Ronnie Moore named the same starting 11 that began the Capital One Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers.
Lowe, Joe Thompson and Akpo Sodje returned from injury to be named on the substitutes' bench alongside Andrai Jones who had completed his suspension and new loan signing Adam Dugdale.
Moore was delighted to see his team pick up their first league win of the season on Saturday afternoon.
The manager said: "We're playing a new system and in the first half it didn't really work.
“We couldn't get players on the ball. But we had a lot more of the ball in the second half, we got players forward more and were brighter. We created one or two chances but not many, there weren't many in the game.
"We got a bit of luck at the right time and it's pleasing for me to come here [and win] because they love to hate me here.
"We defended well when we had to. They had a lot of pressure but I didn't see Fonners make too many saves. Our weakness this season has been set plays and we stopped them from creating much from them.
Ronnie said the game looked to be a “nailed on draw”.
He said: “It was hard on a windy day to get fluent football going but we dug in deep.
"I think it was a nailed on penalty and it was nice to get it down the bottom end where our supporters could appreciate it.
“Ryan was on the front foot and not many of our players would have been. It was a great ball down from Sodje as well so the two substitutes have done well for us there."
Moore kept faith with the same side that started against Bolton four days earlier, adding: "If I'd have left anybody out after the performance we had on Tuesday against Bolton I don't think I'm being true to them.
“We had a different type of performance but they rolled their sleeves up and you've got to persist in things you believe in sometimes.
"Lowey can play in the hole too and he proved that today, he looked nice and sharp.
"If I want to go 4-4-2 we've got the players to do that too.
“We had a 5-0 tonking last week but have won the two games after it and you can't ask for any more."
Rovers, currently in 18th place in the league, face Fleetwood Town in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy this Tuesday, September 3. Kick off at Prenton Park will be at 7pm.
They return to League One action this Saturday, September 7, again at Prenton Park, when their opponents will be Stevenage.
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