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Moore delighted with Rovers' 'quality finish' against Bradford
8:00pm Sunday 13th October 2013 in News
ROVERS boss Ronnie Moore was delighted with a performance that earned his side a 1-0 victory over Bradford City on Sunday.
Ryan Lowe's second-half strike gave Rovers all three points at the Coral Windows Stadium and lifted them from bottom to 21st in League One.
A flashpoint came on the half-hour when Iain Goodison became involved in a fracas with the Bradford bench, and was shown a yellow card.
In his post-match interview, Ronnie said: "I thought we played ever so well in the first half and were very unlucky not to go in the lead.
“[Chris] Atkinson had a great chance, and he really should have scored.
"We defended well when we had to, and Fonners has made two world-class saves for us and that's what he's there for.
"It was a quality finish and that's what Ryan’s about. He hasn't had many chances this season, but he's like Aldo, he's that type.
"He comes alive in the box. He's got the knowledge and the know how to finish when he gets the opportunity.
"It takes us off the bottom, but we're not quite out of the bottom four.
"We should have got something against Swindon and for me we should have beaten Port Vale.
But should-haves and could-haves don't get you anything, you have to do it and we did today."
The manager gave his view of events when Goodison – making his 400th appearance for the club – was shown yellow..
He said: "They were trying to get him sent-off and their manager got involved when he shouldn't have done.
"Goody shoved the manager and the fourth official has seen Goody push him, but not the manager push Goody, so he was booked for it.
"Goody's not too happy and he's going to speak to the ref."
Moore revealed that Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro had missed the game due to a complication with the mouth abscess that also ruled him out at Swindon.
He said: "He has come out of hospital today after an operation on his tooth. The abcess had swollen and was stopping him from breathing and he was rushed into hospital.
"He should be ready to train on Tuesday or Wednesday so we'll just see how that goes."
Rovers take on top-of-the-table Leyton Orient at Prenton Park on Saturday.
With 29 points under their belts, Russell Slade’s Orient have won eight and drawn two of their games this season.
Moore said: “There are some tasty games coming up.
“We are looking forward to playing teams at top of the league.
“It’s going to be one hell of a game against Leyton Orient, because they unbeaten at the moment.”