'Battling performance' secures Rovers' place in League One next season

TRANMERE Rovers secured their place in League One next season after beating Walsall 1-0.

Birkenhead-born midfielder Andy Robinson scored the only goal of the game in front of 3,895 spectators at Banks's Stadium on Saturday.

The win took Ronnie Moore's squad to 11th on the table with 54 points.

Paying tribute to their 'Battling performance', Ronnie said on the club's website: "We had a bit of luck in the first half when their lad has gone clean through and stuck it past the post, but it was the bit of luck we needed. I thought we lacked belief in the first half.

"We had a chat at half-time and tinkered with one or two little things and I think we had to defend.

"They've thrown the kitchen sink at us and we defended really well.

"It's difficult here and they've been on a tremendous run to come here and win was a bonus for us.

"We lifted it quite well in the second half and the keeper has done well late on a couple of times when he has come for crosses."

Praising goalscorer Andy Robinson, Ronnie continued: "Robbo is a fantastic player and we need to give him the ball. He's clever and he can pass it."

Rovers are in League One action against Hartlepool at Prenton Park on Saturday, 3pm.

It is the first of their final three games of the season and Ronnie sees it an opportunity to use some of the players who haven't featured since he returned as manager in March.

He said: "There's one or two on the verge that I need to have a look at. It just depends on if I get greedy and want to go for 60 points.

"Is there that much difference between the players who are playing and those who aren't? You don't really know until you see them."

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