The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Robert Do­man

TRAN­MERE boss Ron­nie Moore went on the warpath af­ter his side were thumped by Peter­bor­ough, brand­ing Rovers ‘aw­ful’, ‘sham­bolic’ and or­der­ing them to ‘man up’.

Moore blasted Rovers’ dis­play as in­di­vid­ual er­rors al­lowed Tommy Rowe and Ty­rone Bar­nett to open the scor­ing be­fore a straight red card for Andrai Jones’ chal­lenge on the lat­ter saw Grant McCann score from the spot.

And there was no let up af­ter the break from United as Britt As­som­ba­longa and Mark Lit­tle added fur­ther goals to main­tain United’s un­blem­ished record, while win­less Tran­mere play­ers awaited Moore’s bub­bling wrath in the dress­ing room.

A fum­ing Moore said: “De­fen­sively we were aw­ful, sham­bolic at times and it be­comes em­bar­rass­ing.

“Tran­mere Rovers is a club that doesn’t ever get done over like this but if you are giv­ing away goals like we are then you won’t win many games.

“It hurts. We knew it was go­ing to be hard but we need to man up and do it quickly.

“We de­fended just like we have for most of the sea­son and that is one of the rea­sons I need to bring some­one in.

“There was a lot go­ing on in the dress­ing room af­ter the game but we need that on the pitch.”

The vis­i­tors scored with their first chance of the game when Lee Tom­lin charged down Stephen Foster’s clear­ance. Tom­lin’s cut back was dum­mied by Bar­nett al­low­ing Rowe to find the top cor­ner 14 min­utes in. Ryan Lowe cap­i­talised on a de­fen­sive er­ror be­fore spurn­ing an open goal at the other end and Jean-Louis Ak­paAkpro had two bites at the cherry for Tran­mere be­fore Bobby Ole­jnik gath­ered the ball.

But good work from Michael Bost­wick on 34 min­utes al­lowed Bar­nett to ex­tend United’s lead be­fore Jones saw red for bring­ing down the scorer four min­utes later with McCann slot­ting home the re­sult­ing penalty.

Ash Tay­lor saw a header flash wide for Rovers early in the sec­ond-half and Tom­lin shaved the post for the Posh be­fore Owain fon Wil­liams pulled off an out­stand­ing re­flex save from As­som­ba­longa.

As­som­ba­longa pounced to stab home Danny Kearns’ free-kick just be­fore the hour how­ever with United sub­sti­tute Lit­tle ri­fling in his side’s fifth on 68 min­utes be­fore Tran­mere sup­port­ers greeted the fi­nal whis­tle with a cho­rus of boos.

Peter­bor­ough man­ager Dar­ren Fer­gu­son said:“Nor­mally Tran­mere is a dif­fi­cult place to come but we were com­fort­able this time.

“We con­trolled the game and we were very clin­i­cal in the first-half.

“When they went down to ten men we made sure we didn’t get com­pla­cent and we knew we could get more goals. I am happy with the clean­sheet and we were very pro­fes­sional in the way we went about things.

“We’re pleased to have won four on the bounce but the start to a sea­son is ten or 12 games so we are not get­ting car­ried away.”

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