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Tranmere Rovers beaten at home by Leyton Orient
9:50pm Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
TRANMERE Rovers were beaten 4-0 by League One leaders Leyton Orient at Prenton Park this afternoon.
A brace of goals from Kevin Lisbie either side of half time put the visitors in control before Ronnie Moore's squad was reduced to ten men following the sending off of defender Ian Goodison following a tangle with Lisbie.
Strikes from Dean Cox and Shaun Batt added to the scoreline late on with the loss keeping Rovers in the bottom four.
Ronnie Moore named an unchanged starting eleven from the win at Bradford City though Jason Koumas returned from injury to take the place of Callum Morris on the substitutes' bench.
Liam Ridehalgh's early header was comfortably held by Orient keeper Jamie Jones while on seven minutes the visitors had an excellent chance to open the scoring.
A series of passes around the edge of the Tranmere area led to Moses Odubajo running on to a through ball only to fire wide when one on one with Owain Fon Williams.
Ryan Lowe's attempt on goal from a Chris Atkinson corner on 18 minutes was miss hit, while Max Power sent a left foot effort wide of the target from 20 yards soon after.
The visitors took the lead on 22 minutes. A long run from Lloyd James saw the midfielder get into the left side of the Rovers area and his low cross was turned in by Kevin Lisbie from near the penalty spot.
Rovers were close to an equaliser four minutes later. A free kick was whipped towards the back post by Atkinson and Ash Taylor's downward header was turned on to the post and away from goal by Jamie Jones.
Jake Kirby's first time shot from a half cleared Ridehalgh cross was blocked by the Orient defence on 34 minutes and the young midfielder had another chance five minutes later.
A Chris Atkinson shot deflected off a defender straight to Jones on 51 minutes and nine minutes later Orient went 2-0 up. A shot from Cox was heading out for a goal kick but Lisbie diverted it straight past Fon Williams into the top right corner.
Rovers replaced Ridehalgh and Tom Hateley with Abdulai Baggie and Akpo Sodje and were soon reduced to ten men. After clearing a cross into the Tranmere area, Goodison tangled with Lisbie and was shown a straight red card.
After a couple of minutes of protests it became clear a penalty had been awarded to Orient. Mooney's spot kick hit the left hand post but rebounded straight to the striker who turned it into the net for what appeared to be his side's third goal.
However, as the Orient players celebrated the referee spoke to one of his assistants before ruling out the effort and awarding Tranmere a free kick.
Orient did get their third on 77 minutes. The ball fell to Cox on the edge of the area and his right foot shot found the bottom right corner.
And the fourth followed on 85 minutes. After a cross from Power had been cleared Orient quickly broke, the ball was played to substitute Shaun Batt and he fired across Fon Williams and into the bottom right corner from a tight angle.
A disappointed Ronnie Moore told the club's website Tranmere Playe afterwards: "The way we collapsed was embarrassing.
"I thought there was nothing in the game in the first half and then they scored a great second goal into the top corner.
"Then Goody goes and does something stupid that has let everybody down. It was a bad tackle I believe, they've had a little get together and then the lad has stood up and you can't do what Goody has done.
"You can't stand up and slap somebody in the face like that. He's captain and to do that when he's just been presented with an award for the Chairman ... he lets everyone down.
"With ten men it's always going to be a battle but the white flag went up too easily for me. You keep your discipline, keep your shape and you might just nick one, you don't leave yourselves wide open like we did. It's a lack of professionalism.
"No one is going to help us, there's only us who can do anything about it."
Rovers' League One campaign continues against 10th on the table Rotherham at The New York Stadium on Tuesday night. They face MK Dons at Prenton Park next Saturday, October 26.
Lookoing ahead to Tuesday, Moore said: "I want to win on Tuesday, there's no way we're going there to sit back and let them come at us.
"We're in for a tough game, especially with Goody missing but we can push McNulty in there and put Liam in the left back role."