MANAGER Ronnie Moore described the home victory over Coventry City that took Tranmere back to the top of the League One table as “a fantastic win.”
Goals in the final 11 minutes from Jake Cassidy and Andy Robinson edged Rovers, unbeaten in six games, ahead of Notts County, who were held to a draw at Oldham Athletic.
Moore said: “We were definitely not at our best but we competed very well. Coventry are a good side. They are going to be very close, I think, to getting promotion this season. They are as good as anyone and better than most at this level. They have fantastic players. They should not be where they are in the table and they won’t be there for much longer.
“So we’ve got to be pleased that we dug in and dug out a result on a day when we did not have everyone at their best. That shows we’ve got character among the players.”
Tranmere survived a spell of Coventry pressure and a let off, when Carl Baker’s header hit the woodwork, before teenage striker Jake Cassidy broke the deadlock with his fourth goal of the season.
Moore said: “It looked nailed on that it was going to be a mistake that broke the deadlock but it was a great bit of football from us.”
Four minutes later Robinson added his fourth of the season to make sure Tranmere could boast a 100% record from three home games.
Moore said: “Goals change games and we got them at the right time. We got done at the back post when Coventry hit the woodwork and if that had gone in, it would have been a different game. We earned our goals and we got the little breaks that happen for you sometimes.
“We have a never say die attitude, a good set of lads who give their all. I just wish we had more of them.”
Moore collected the manager of the month award for August before the game and has made a decent start on being a contender for September. Tranmere currently boast the best defensive and goalscoring records in the division. The manager admitted: “We’ve had a little bit of luck in games. That’s what football is about. You earn that right.
“For me the clean sheets are the most important thing because I always think we’re going to score goals. If we keep it tight we have enough in the side to win games.”
Moore had words of encouragement for Joe Thompson, who lost his place in the starting line-up at the start of the month but came off the bench on Saturday to make a positive impression.
“He’s a better player than he has shown so far,” Moore said.