MANAGER Ronnie Moore proudly hailed the quality of Tranmere’s performance in reeling off a fourth victory in six away games at Notts County by declaring: “That’s how to win a game!”
Rovers extended their unbeaten start to the season to 11 games – eight of which have been won – thanks to a 22nd minute strike from Joe Thompson.
The result kept Tranmere four points clear of second placed Stevenage at the top of the League One table.
Moore took most satisfaction from the fact that County, who started the afternoon in fourth place, were scarcely able to raise a serious threat to the Rovers goal.
He said: “We were compact, they could not get through us and towards the end they started humping it. I can’t remember our goalkeeper making a save, that’s how well we played.
“The centre backs and the back four were magnificent. We battered them on the counter attack. On another day, we could have had three or four goals.”
Tranmere, with 26 goals from 11 games, have the best scoring record in all three divisions of the Football League and also boast the best defensive record, having conceded just six times. The shutout at Meadow Lane was their sixth clean sheet.
Moore added: “I don’t think anyone can argue we deserve to be top of the league. There are no easy games in this division. It is a matter of coming out each week and performing and I have nothing but praise for the way the lads are going about it.”
After complaining that Tranmere started slowly in their previous three games, Moore said: “We started brightly, which we’ve not done in the last three games and we finished the game well, too. We are always going to finish games well because we have pace and strength and the boys are fit as hell.
“We have a great spirit of togetherness in the dressing room, a never say die attitude that says we can come from behind or hang onto a lead.”
Moore paid tribute to the 955 travelling fans who made the journey to Nottingham and cheered the team to victory.
“The supporters were tremendous,” Moore said. “It was a great moment for our players to go and celebrate victory with those fans at the end. We’ve told them to bottle that feeling, remember what it is like for the next game.”
The downside of the day was the injury to front man Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. The French striker, one of three players on seven goals for the season, pulled up sharply in the 17th minute with a foot injury and Moore is concerned he suffered damage to his metatarsal.
“We will know better in a couple of days,” Moore said. “If it is serious I might be making a phone call to the chairman about bringing another front player in on loan.
“I know Adam McGurk has done well since coming into the side but we still need that little bit of pace up front.”
Meanwhile, Tranmere are sure to be without goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams in their next outing, a League One encounter with Yeovil Town at Prenton Park on Saturday. Fon Williams has been called into the Wales squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Scotland in Cardiff on Friday and in Croatia the following Tuesday.