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Tranmere Rovers bottom of the table following defeat at Swindon Town
11:30am Sunday 6th October 2013 in News
TRANMERE Rovers now sit bottom of the League One table following a 1-0 defeat by Swindon Town at the County Ground..
A first half penalty from Danny N'Guessan gave the home side the win, a result that kept Ronnie Moore's side propping up table with just five points.
A late change from the team sheet saw Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro replaced by Akpo Sodje in the starting line-up.
Elsewhere in the team Danny Holmes, new loan signing Jim McNulty, Ian Goodison and Max Power all came into the side.
The first few minutes of the game were fairly cagey with neither side willing to risk men forward. It took until eight minutes for the first shot of the match but Nathan Byrne's strike from 30 yards failed to cause Owain Fon Williams any problems.
Rovers responded with a quick attack but after Chris Atkinson broke into the Robins' area his cross for Power was cut out by the home defence.
Byrne curled over from the edge of the area on 15 minutes and Atkinson dragged a shot wide at the opposite end from a similar position a minute later.
Swindon went close twice in quick succession around the 18 minute mark. First Nile Ranger headed into the side netting from a right wing cross and soon after Jay McEveley ran behind the Rovers defence to meet a lofted cross but he put his header straight into the arms of Fon Williams.
Yaser Kasim sent a right foot shot narrowly past Fon Williams' right hand post on 23 minutes after side stepping Power and five minutes later the home side took the lead.
Rovers boss Ronnie Moore said afterwards: "I'm disappointed as it's another defeat. I think we showed them too much respect in the first half and sat off and let them pass it but we adapted ourselves well in the second half.
"Their keeper hasn't been tested and for me we made two wrong decisions in the penalty area.
"For the penalty you've got to stay on your feet, you can't go to ground there. Then when we were in Liam shot when there were people queuing up and he hit the keeper. If you make the right decisions in those boxes it changes the game.
"They had a lot of possession in the first half and in the second half we went and pressed higher up the pitch. But when we got in the final third the decision making or the final ball in wasn't good enough.
"We can't feel sorry for ourselves, we've got to get on with it. But with that commitment and that desire we'll not be a million miles away."
Rovers' League One campaign continues next Sunday, October 13, with an away game against Bradford. 3pm kick-off.