Tranmere Rovers still waiting for first home win after 'cruel' result against Port Vale (From Wirral Globe)
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Tranmere Rovers still waiting for first home win after 'cruel' result against Port Vale
A stunning free-kick by Port Vale's Chris Lines produced the only goal in a game that left Rovers still waiting for their first home win of the season.
Tranmere played for an hour with ten men after debutant Liam Ridehalgh was sent off.
The teams seemed evenly matched when the game took a twist on the half-hour mark as Vale's Chris Birchall broke through Rovers' defence only to be brought down by Ridehalgh in the area.
The referee adjudged it a foul and sent-off the defender, who was making his first appearance on loan from Huddersfield.
Despite Owain Fon Williams’ penalty save, Vale left Prenton Park with the points after Lines’ strike ten minutes into the second-half.
The defeat moved Rovers down into 2Oth position, one point above the League One relegation zone.
Manager Ronnie Moore felt his side didn't get the result they deserved, but admitted they're nearing "make or break" time.
In his post-match interview, Moore said: "It was cruel.
"The first 15 minutes was like a cup tie; we attacked, they attacked, and there were chances.
"Then was it a sending off? I thought Liam had started brightly, he can defend and he put balls in the right areas.
"The two centre halves were caught flat and he got round. He might have just leaned into him but I think it was harsh.
"It was a fantastic penalty save from Fonners. I wouldn't say it was a miss, it was a great save. But we can't keep shooting ourselves and be playing with ten men.
"In the second-half, you can't ask any more of them.
"We created one or two decent chances and there were lots of crosses going in. We just needed that break, we hit the bar and Sodje hit one over where he should have hit the target."
Reflecting on Rovers' position in the league, he added: "If they give that effort and desire that they gave in the second half they'll get back to the right end of the table.
"It's another game lost and it would have been nice to have nicked something at the end. For the effort and play, I think we deserved something.
"We need a bit more belief.
"There are some fantastic games [coming up] and it's make or break for us."
The manager made two changes to the side that was beaten by Stoke on Wednesday; Ridehalgh replaced Evan Horwood and Joe Thompson came in for Max Power.
Jason Mooney missed the match with a cartilage injury and will be out for four-to-six weeks.