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Pace and power key for Moore

19 August 2012

Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore believes his side's pace and power will strike fear into their League One rivals after Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro's fine double secured a 3-1 win over Leyton Orient.

Zoumana Bakayogo broke the deadlock with a neat finish from six yards before fellow Ivorian Akpa Akpro struck twice in eight second-half minutes to put the game to bed.

Orient did pull a goal back with two minutes remaining - much to the anger of Moore - when Michael Symes tucked home from the spot after Bakayogo had felled Jimmy Smith.

And while Moore was left frustrated at missing out on a clean sheet, he is convinced his squad possess the ammunition to worry the division's big guns this season.

"I am disappointed we conceded the goal. I didn't think it was a penalty in a month of Sundays," he said.

"But I have got to be pleased with the points. The win was totally deserved. We dealt well with most of what they threw at us and we finished well.

"We have got pace in the side now and we can counter-attack teams. Once the second goal went in Leyton Orient have huffed and puffed but we have done well."

O's boss Russell Slade admitted his side deserved nothing from the encounter.

He said: "We wanted to get off to a good first game and a good win or at least take something back down the motorway, but I don't think we deserved to.

"It was a game of who took their chances and I thought Tranmere took theirs well while we didn't."

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