Blackpool 0 Tranmere Rovers 1

Promotion hopefuls Tranmere came back from a run of two defeats with a hard-fought victory over local rivals Blackpool at a freezing cold Bloomfield Road.

A controversial first-half goal by Jamaican international Ian Goodison, who returned from international duty only hours before the game kicked off, was enough to secure all three points for the visitors.

Blackpool had enjoyed the better of the early chances with Leam Richardson and Simon Grayson both going close in the early stages.

On 36 minutes Grayson saw his point-blank effort blocked on the line, while at the other end Canadian striker Iain Hume burst into the penalty area and beat the keeper only for Rob Clare to clear off the line for a throw-in.

From that throw came Goodison's goal with the big defender chasing the ball into the area and placing a fine shot past Bradley Jones at the far post.

But the home players felt aggrieved and called for a free-kick for a push on midfielder Rick Wellens who went down when he appeared to be about to clear the danger.

But referee Trevor Parks gave nothing to the fury of the Bloomfield Road faithful.

Tranmere were forced into a half-time reorganisation when central defender Michael Jackson was replaced by striker Eugene Dadi, and as in the first half, Blackpool were able to apply the pressure without really looking likely to score.

The chances evaporated when big striker John Murphy limped off late in the game.