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League One

Moore enjoys latest Scunny trip

3 October 2012

Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore eased some painful memories of his last visit to Glanford Park after his side beat Scunthorpe 3-1.

Three years ago, he was sacked after a last-gasp Iron equaliser on the final day of the season cost Rovers a place in the play-offs.

This time victory kept them on top of League One and still unbeaten after 10 games. But they had to come from behind to achieve it after Karl Hawley headed Scunthorpe into a 14th-minute lead.

Two goals in three minutes midway through the second half from James Wallace and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro turned the game around, before the latter struck again in the closing stages to take his season's tally to seven goals.

"I was not happy at half-time - and the players knew it,'' said Moore. "It was the third successive game that we have started slowly.

"I had a few 'quiet' words and I was delighted with the response. If we were going to lose, I did not want us to do it waving the white flag, I wanted us to battle.

"Once we were back on level terms, there was only one team going to win it and that was us. I thought we steamrollered them in the second half and I was delighted with our spirit."

Defeat pushes Scunthorpe back into the bottom four. "I thought we were excellent in the first half,'' said manager Alan Knill.

"But the second half was worrying. We can't seem to keep the ball out of the back of our net at the moment and when that is happening it is always going to be difficult.

"Credit to Tranmere, they played better in the second half but we conceded two poor goals from set-pieces when players did not do the jobs we ask them to do."

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