Jan 2 2014 by Nick Hilton, Main WIR
MANAGER Ronnie Moore paid tribute to new arrivals Matthew Pennington and Stephen Arthurworrey after the pair made impressive debut contributions to Tranmere’s 1-1 draw with promotion favourites Wolves at Prenton Park.
Pennington, a 19-year-old signed on loan from Everton, made an “excellent” first League One appearance at right-back, said Moore, who revealed that Arthurworrey, an England under-19 international signed on loan from Fulham, met his team-mates for the first time on match day.
Moore said: “Arthurworrey came in on Tuesday night and hadn’t met anyone. He just needs games but he’s big and strong.
“He thought he dislocated his shoulder in the second half, he thinks it has come out and gone back in. We were pleased he didn’t have to come off.
“He can be pleased when you can consider he jumped on a train, came in here and met the lads before the game and we haven’t worked with him in the back four.
“Pennington had an excellent debut, he was cultured and got round on the cover.”
Moore reckoned Rovers were good value for their point.
Ryan Lowe put the home side 1-0 up on 34 minutes after Wolves had been reduced to 10 men by the dismissal of centre-back Richard Stearman. The visitors levelled through Dave Edwards on 54 minutes after James Wallace was also sent off, just before half-time.
Moore said: “It’s a point that puts us in the right direction and a great start to the New Year.
“We’d started nice and bright. When we got the goal I could not see Wolves getting back into it.”
The game changed again when Wallace was shown a straight red for his tackle on Ethan Ebanks-Landell, which is liable to result in a three-match suspension for the skipper.
Moore said: “James knows he shouldn’t have made the tackle but he thought he could win the ball.
“When we were back down to 10 men it was an awful lot tougher as we saw in the second half when we were hanging a little bit.
“I’m pleased with the effort and commitment they’ve put in and the crowd appreciated it.”
Liam Ridehalgh is due to sign a contract with Tranmere this week. Rovers extended the 22 -year-old’s loan from Huddersfield by one further game yesterday with a view to completing a permanent arrangement.
Moore said: “Everything should be sorted out on Friday. Liam is quality. He has strength and can get forward from left-back and also play centre-back. He is a great signing.”
Defender Jim McNulty has been recalled by Barnsley and Chris Atkinson returned to Huddersfielsd.
Moore revealed that Jason Koumas was substituted as a precaution because of a tight calf.