TRANMERE Rovers paid a high price for last night’s 2-0 victory over basement side Hartlepool United.
The win sent Ronnie Moore’s side back to the top of the table but the Rovers boss will now be without two of his most dangerous attacking players for this Saturday’s trip to Oldham Athletic.
Andy Robinson will miss the game through suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, while winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie is facing a spell of two to three weeks on the sidelines after injuring his knee in a first-half tackle.
But Moore did not want the double setback to take any of the gloss off his team’s success at Victoria Park.
Moore said: “I’ve said to them (the players) that you look back on nights like this, when it’s a freezing cold, rainy, horrible night in Hartlepool.
“Have you got the spirit to roll your sleeves up and grind out a result? To be fair to them, that’s what they’ve done.”
The match looked to be heading for a draw until James Wallace was fouled in the penalty area 11 minutes from time. Andy Robinson duly converted the spot-kick and Cole Stockton made it 2-0 in injury time.
Moore added: “You see so many shots going in, so many saves being made, so many balls going across the box. You think this isn’t going to be our night, but luckily Wallace has got on the ball and I thought it was a nailed on penalty. At least it gave us a bit of a breather.”
Moore also had some words of praise for teenage striker Stockton.
The Tranmere boss said: “He’s capable of doing that. I’ve said him and Cassidy can’t play together because they’re very similar but he might have proved me wrong. It was a fantastic finish.”