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John McMahon hails 'professional' Tranmere Rovers

22 February 2014

Tranmere Rovers assistant manager John McMahon insisted it was business as usual after they sealed a 3-1 victory over Coventry City without boss Ronnie Moore on the touchline.

Last Friday it emerged that the FA wanted to speak to 61-year-old Moore over allegations he broke rules by betting in a competition in which his side were involved.

But strikes from Ryan Lowe and Jake Kirby, coupled with an own goal from Conor Thomas, sealed a valuable three points for Tranmere - who have suspended Moore while the investigation continues.

"I think the performance typifies the way the players have dealt with the last week," said McMahon.

"Hopefully we can maintain that and the fact that I am on the training ground every day and in every session means that taking over picking the team has been pretty much a seamless transition.

"The players gave their backing and support. Ronnie Moore is still the manager until such time as we hear different and the situation is not for me to comment on.

"I am proud of the players for how professional they have been in their performance.

"When you create chances then you will always be in the game and we were bright and caused Coventry problems.

"We were good all round and put our bodies on the line and you need to show desire at both ends of the pitch if you want to stop the ball going in your net."

Lowe rolled home the opening goal from the penalty spot after 12 minutes after Matthew Pennington had been felled by Billy Daniels.

Jason Koumas' free-kick was then headed into his own net by Thomas three minutes into the second half before substitute Kirby made it 3-0 just after the hour mark.

Michael Petrasso pulled one back for the Sky Blues 11 minutes from time but it was too little, too late, according to Coventry boss Steven Pressley.

"We looked like we accepted defeated too soon," said Pressley.

"We lacked a cutting edge and we needed to create more than we did.

"Games can change quickly and we have to have a better mentality when we do fall behind because otherwise we won't get anything.

"If we start feeling sorry for ourselves then things are unlikely to go our way but Tranmere played well and we didn't match them.

"We need to stand up to adversity because this is our most challenging period of the season.

"We have had a really successful period leading up to the last three weeks but the reality now is that we are getting dragged back down to the wrong end of the table.

"The players need to remember there is a league below us and we need to come through what is a difficult time. If we don't realise that then we are in trouble."


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