MOORE’S AB­SENCE HAS NO ILL EF­FECT

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Robert Do­man To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

DOM­I­NANT Tran­mere shrugged off man­ager Ron­nie Moore's sus­pen­sion to give care­taker boss John McMa­hon a vi­tal three points as Ryan Lowe's 17th goal of the sea­son lit the touch­pa­per on a com­fort­able win over free-fall­ing Coven­try.

Lowe struck from the penalty spot to give Rovers the edge be­fore a Conor Thomas own goal dou­bled their ad­van­tage as McMa­hon took con­trol while the FA con­ducts its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Moore's al­leged breach of bet­ting rules.

Jake Kirby came on to add Tran­mere's third goal while Michael Pe­trasso gave City fans some con­so­la­tion.

But McMa­hon was proud of the way Rovers’ play­ers re­mained fo­cussed de­spite Moore's ab­sence.

“The per­for­mance typ­i­fies the way the play­ers have dealt with the last week,” McMa­hon said.

“There was enthusiasm, com­mit­ment, pas­sion and there have been a lot of good vibes around the place.

“Hope­fully we can main­tain that and the fact that I am on the train­ing ground ev­ery day and in ev­ery ses­sion means that tak­ing over pick­ing the team has been pretty much a seam­less tran­si­tion.

“Ron­nie Moore is still the man­ager un­til such time as we hear dif­fer­ent and the sit­u­a­tion is not for me to com­ment on.

“The play­ers gave me their back­ing and sup­port and I am proud of how pro­fes­sional they have been in their per­for­mance.” Stephen Arthur­wor­rey pro­duced a good one-handed save from Joe Mur­phy when he met an early Ja­son Koumas free-kick.

But Lowe rolled home the opener on 12 min­utes af­ter Matthew Pen­ning­ton was felled by Billy Daniels. Matthew Kennedy spurned a glo­ri­ous chance to put Rovers fur­ther in front when he com­bined with fel­low Ever­ton loa­nee Pen­ning­ton be­fore head­ing over the cross­bar.

Carl Baker al­most made them pay when the Coven­try cap­tain saw two sting­ing shots saved by Owain Fon Wil­liams be­fore the Tran­mere stopper also de­nied Franck Moussa on the fol­low-up.

Koumas proved in­stru­men­tal af­ter the break when Thomas headed into his own net from the Welsh­man's 48th minute set-piece.

And Kirby made it three-nil just seven min­utes af­ter com­ing on when he latched onto Kennedy's low cross soon af­ter the hour.

Pe­trasso pulled one back for City when he slot­ted the ball past Fon Wil­liams 11 min­utes from time but Andy Robin­son al­most re­stored Rovers' three goal ad­van­tage when he tested Mur­phy in in­jury-time.

Coven­try boss Steven Press­ley said: “We looked like we ac­cepted de­feated too soon.

“We lacked a cut­ting edge and we needed to cre­ate more than we did.

“Tran­mere set them­selves up very well but we ex­pected to come here and get some­thing. Games can change quickly and we have to have a bet­ter men­tal­ity.”

TRAN­MERE: (4-5-1) Fon Wil­liams 9, Ride­halgh 7, Arthur­wor­rey 8, Tay­lor 7, Pen­ning­ton 7, Kennedy 7 (Robin­son 85 N/A), Koumas 9, Wal­lace 8, Jen­nings 7, Lowe 7 (Kirby 57 8), Cas­sidy 6 (Stock­ton 66 6) Subs not used: Holmes, Goodison, Power, Mooney

COVEN­TRY: (4-5-1) Mur­phy 7, Clarke 6, Seaborne 6, Web­ster 6, Christie 7 (Wil­lis 73 6), Moussa 6, Daniels 5 (Mar­shall 66 6), Fleck 6, Thomas 6, Pe­trasso 6, Baker 7 (McGeough 75 6) Subs

not used: Adams, Bar­ton, Maund, Burge.

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

LOWE BLOW: Ryan Lowe cel­e­brates scor­ing Tran­mere’s first goal from the penalty spot. In­set: James Wal­lace scores the sec­ond STAR MAN JA­SON

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