The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Bar­rie White

TRAN­MERE Rovers boss Ron­nie Moore backed his side’s abil­ity to grind out vi­tal wins as Cole Stock­ton’s win­ner against Scun­thorpe United re­turned them to League One’s sum­mit.

Sub­sti­tute Stock­ton grabbed the all-im­por­tant goal in the sec­ond half to make it con­sec­u­tive home wins for Rovers, while the Iron re­mained in the bot­tom four.

But Moore, who felt a half-time tac­ti­cal switch helped his side, be­lieves there is much more to come from the ti­tle and pro­mo­tion race.

“You have to grind games out and there’s one or two tired legs out there, but a pat on the back, they kept go­ing,” said Moore.

“We’ve got to win our home games and grind it out.That’s what hap­pens when you’ve got four play­ers miss­ing.

“All we’ve got to do is our job, and you never know where it’s go­ing to fin­ish. There’s plenty of twists and turns to come.

“Cole changed our style - he’s done what all good strik­ers do, he’s sniffed out the goal and it was nice when it went in, be­cause it looked like it was never go­ing to hap­pen.”

Scun­thorpe made the more con­fi­dent start and mid­fielder Andy Bar­cham squan­dered a good chance on 18 min­utes, fir­ing over from 15 yards.

Rovers’ first chance came on 28 min­utes, with skip­per Andy Robin­son turn­ing the ball across the box from Ash Tay­lor’s in­stant de­liv­ery, but there were no white shirts avail­able.

Robin­son came close again on 37 min­utes, float­ing a free-kick over Steve Milden­hall’s bar af­ter he was fouled fol­low­ing a great break from Tay­lor. The former Swansea man was at the cen­tre of all Rovers’ play, and he forced Milden­hall into a low save on 52 min­utes, with sub Stock­ton un­able to fol­low up.

Rovers took a de­served lead on 59 min­utes, when Tay­lor rose high­est to meet Robin­son’s cor­ner, with Milden­hall mak­ing a su­perb save be­fore Stock­ton headed home from a yard.

Bar­cham should have drawn the Iron level on 77 min­utes, but he fired high and wide from 20 yards with Owain fon Wil­liams out of his goal.

Scun­thorpe boss Brian Laws was de­lighted with the spirit of his makeshift side – dented by in­jury and ill­ness – but felt the Iron de­served more.

“It was a spir­ited per­for­mance, es­pe­cially when you look at the in­juries we have, but also the ill­ness that’s swept through the team – great credit to them,” said Laws.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed be­cause I thought we bossed the first half. It was nip and tuck in the sec­ond half, but that just shows that Tran­mere had to change their style and for­ma­tion to adapt.

“The dif­fer­ence is that Tran­mere took an op­por­tu­nity which came their way from a set-piece. We had an­other bite of the cherry, but didn’t re­act.

“They did, and that’s the dif­fer­ence, men­tal­ity wise, be­tween the

top and the bot­tom.”

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