A last minute goal from
Ronnie Moore made one change to the side that lost 2-0 against Nottingham Forest at the weekend, as Steven Jennings was replaced by Chris Shuker in the starting line-up, despite the winger looking anything but fully fit.
As the game got going,
Taylor and Smalley each had chances early on for the Latics, as first
Tranmere managed to break into the
The action was soon back at the Kop end however, as
Antony Kay had Tranmere's first clear cut chance of the game on 31-minutes, as the midfielder, pushing forward for a Rovers free-kick, headed the ball well over the bar and wide.
On 35-minutes, Tranmere had another chance however, as they began to get more involved in the game. This time, Greenacre managed to get his shot away as he cut inside the area from the right and shot low with his left-foot, forcing Beresford into a save after good build up play involving Tranmere's right-side combination of Shuker and Stockdale.
Rovers came close again on 37-minutes at Ian Goodison sent a powerful header straight at Beresford from a McLaren free-kick before on 42-minutes, they had their best chance of the game, as Greenacre ran on to a ball over the top by Stockdale down the right and unleashed a right-footed shot first time, only for Beresford to palm the ball away at his near post when the ball was heading for the top corner.
After the half-time whilst, Tranmere came closest to a goal yet and indeed should have taken the lead. Greenacre found Shuker before the winger crossed the ball along the six yard line where Antony Kay, sliding in after a charging run from midfield, somehow failed to connect with the ball and the chance was missed.
Oldham had a similar chance minutes later themselves, when Taylor put the ball wide of the open goal when under pressure from Stockdale after the ball had deflected to the tall striker following Coyne's good save from Eardley's shot.
Rovers came close again on 55-minutes as Gareth Taylor bravely bowed low to head a ball at the far post from Shuker's good cross but Eardley blocked his way, heading the ball away for a corner as the pair clashed heads in the process.
Around about the hour mark,
Firstly, Coyne made a top-class save from Trotman's far post header when the
With 25-minutes to go and Tranmere looking to win the game, Steven Jennings replaced Antony Kay in midfield is attacking players Jones and Curran were both left on the bench for the time being.
Soon after his arrival,
With 15 minutes left, Jones eventually came on as he replaced the disappointing Cooper whilst Curran came on with 5 minutes left as he replaced Shuker on the right-wing.
However, it was all
After the officials had decided on five minutes of injury time due to a couple of injuries, Ian Goodison made a magnificent tackle inside his own area, sliding from behind to take the ball from Lee Hughes and denying the striker what could well have been a goal with an inch perfect challenge.
On 95-minutes however,
Perhaps it is ironic that the goal scorer was indeed a player called Davies, after Tranmere's own Davies (Steve), netted a 96th minute equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Yeovil earlier in the season.
In the end though, Tranmere were not good enough on the night after a pretty appalling display of football. They didn't look like they wanted the win as much as their opponents whilst a switch to route one football can only have delighted the
Good performances from Rovers players were few and far between whilst the tactics were wrong from the start. Rovers should have started with the in form Mike Jones but instead went for a half fit Chris Shuker and it was a move that didn't pay off.
Greenacre and Taylor were once again on a different wavelength whilst the midfield was over run as
Jones' Man Of The Match: Taylor and Goodison both put in average performances for Rovers, but the only player who was any where near his best was Danny Coyne. The Welsh goalkeeper put in his best display of the season, pulling off some terrific saves through-out the night and is undoubtedly one of, if not the best goalkeeper in League One.
Tranmere 0-1 Oldham
Coyne plays well but Tranmere pay the price