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Tranmere draw with Shrewsbury
TRANMERE Rovers returned from a point richer following their 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury on Saturday.
Striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro scored the 88th minute equaliser to seal a draw for Rovers at the Greenhous Meadow Stadium with goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams pulling off a fine save soon after.
Rovers manager Ronnie Moore said: “We never started until the second half. For 45 minutes we weren’t in the game. It’s not like us, we looked tired and laboured with our passing.
“We had words at half time and I think it was a good game in the second half.
“We’d have been happy coming in at 0-0. Fair do’s, we’ve had a good go in the second half and Bell-Baggie has come on and gave us a little spark.
“But it’s tough to come here, they’re a good side and they won’t be far away.
“In the second half we got at them but you can’t waste 45 minutes at this level. But I think we deserved the draw.
“It was an unbelievable save by Owain, absolutely fantastic. But it should have been a free kick because the corner before that Morgan was all over us with his arms.”
Tonight, Rovers face Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup second round at Villa Park.
The match is the first time Rovers have travelled to Villa Park since the 1993-94 League Cup semi-final, a match that John King's side lost 3-1 being knocked out in a penalty shoot out.
Ronnie said: "We’re not going to defend and play people behind the ball, we’ll have a right good go and see what happens.
"It’s nice to go and play in a big stadium and I’m sure our fans will enjoy it.
"It will be a tester for our lads and hopefully we’ll come through it with no injuries."
Rovers league campaign continues this Saturday, taking on Colchester at Prenton Park. Kick-off is at 3pm.