What the papers said about ..Tranmere

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'Big Ron is turned Rover.' Sun

'The throbbing drums of the Mersey soccer beat may have been temporarily stifled at Anfield and Goodison Park but on the other bank of the river Tranmere Rovers are dancing towards the Wembley towers.' Guardian

'Do not bet against Tranmere . . . The First Division has bared its teeth again.' Daily Mail

'The pleasure was justified for Tranmere, like Bolton and Charlton in the FA Cup, matched the Premiership side by playing football. The ground may still evoke memories of the Fourth Division days, but Tranmere's style is worthy of a greater stadium and they will not be out of place at Villa Park . . .' Times

'Rover the moon.' Daily Star

'If there is heartbreak at the end of the road when they travel to Villa Park . . . nothing can detract from this performance.' Sun

'Dalian Atkinson's last-gasp goal stripped the gloss off Tranmere's mighty effort . . . It was more than Ron Atkinson's side, assembled at a cost of pounds 13m, could have hoped for. And it was certainly more than they deserved . . .' Daily Express

'Rovers, inspired by early goals by man of the match Ian Nolan and industrious sweeper Mark Hughes, deserved to extend their winning margin to three, but a late riposte by the otherwise anonymous Dalian Atkinson spoiled the Prenton Park party and may yet have enormous significance.' Daily Telegraph

'Villa boss Ron Atkinson launched a furious attack on his stars after watching underdogs Rovers run the Premier League favourites ragged on a night of high drama at Prenton Park.' Today

'Johnny King isn't just flying the flag for Merseyside . . . he's about to hoist it on Wembley's famous old Twin Towers.' Daily Star

'Right-back Nolan cost only pounds 10,000 from non-League Marine three years ago. But there was nothing bargain basement about his explosive finish to a chance created by Pat Nevin.' Daily Mirror

'Dalian Atkinson added insult to injury time by poaching a potentially priceless goal for Aston Villa in the dying seconds . . .' Independent

'Every so often, the game of football will throw up one of the truly great nights. This was the case at Prenton Park . . .' Liverpool Echo