FIVE-STAR POSH IN ROVERS RAMPAGE
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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