Holmes seals Rovers' revival
Tranmere Rovers 3 Yeovil Town 2
Sunday 14 October 2012
The League One leaders showed that they possess the steel, as well as the attacking menace, to maintain their excellent start to the season as they moved seven points clear at the table's summit. Prior to yesterday Tranmere had scored 15 times in six games, but needed to show fight and desire to overturn a two-goal deficit against a Yeovil side intent on roughhousing the pacesetters.
Aided by Joe Edwards' sending off, Rovers extended their unbeaten run to eight games. Since re-joining the club in March, the manager Ronnie Moore has created a winning mentality not seen in these parts for many seasons and showing little sign of abating.
"We weren't at the races all day, but we showed a bit of courage and togetherness," he reflected. "They don't know when they're beat. We have a good bunch of honest lads – that's what I like about footballers. If you're honest and have some pace, you stand a chance."
They found this encounter tricky, though, after Paddy Madden gave Yeovil an early lead. In attempting to stifle Rovers, the Glovers were cunning, chopping down attackers early so as not to become stretched. Going forward they were easier on the eye; when Sam Foley and Madden linked, the former doubled the lead.
Yeovil's brazen defending did backfire in the end. A ludicrous handball gave the hosts a free-kick, which resulted in the impressive James Wallace heading beyond Marek Stech. The goalkeeper was then at fault for the equaliser, parrying an effort into the path of Jake Cassidy who swept in, while Danny Holmes popped up late on to deservedly seal the points.
Tranmere (4-4-2): Fon Williams; Holmes, Taylor, Gibson, Bakayogo; Bell-Baggie, Palmer, Wallace, Thompson (Stockton, 46); McGurk (Black, 85), Cassidy
Yeovil (4-4-2): Stech; Edwards, Hinds, Burn, McAllister; Marsh-Brown, Smith, Upson, Foley (Webster, 75); Hayter (Williams, 75), Madden
Referee Kevin Wright.
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