Tranmere 2 Plymouth 1

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Last updated : 02 November 2002

Two crazy late goals brought a Tranmere Rovers victory against luckless Plymouth Argyle.

Conditions were dreadful with heavy rain making the surface very difficult, but Plymouth took the lead in the 6th minute and dominated for much of the time.

Steve Adams was their marksman with an excellent left-foot shot after Micky Evans headed down a cross by David Worrell.

Argyle twice went close to adding to their lead, as Tranmere huffed and puffed but failed to put any real pressure on the visiting goal.

Manager Ray Mathias gambled by sending on three substitutes during the second period to emphasise attack and it brought a rich dividend In the 86th minute Gareth Roberts, who had been on the pitch for only six minutes collected a long clearance and his left-wing cross completely deceived goalkeeper Luke McCormick who could only help the ball into his own net.

Then in the second minute of injury time a close-range shot by Jason Price who had been on since the 52 minute cannoned off McCormick. The ball hit defender Paul Wotton and rebounded into the goal for a crazy winner.

"It was a totally unreal in those last five minutes and I feel sorry for everybody involved with the club just now," said Plymouth manager Paul Sturrock. "I am still a wee bit shell- hocked to be honest.

"t was quite zany what occurred out there in those last stages when we conceded two own goals." But Tranmere thought differently, said manager Mathias: "We did have a bit of lady luck, but I thought the victory was full deserved.

"Their manager is obviously very disappointed and upset and claims they were two own goals, but try taking them away from my players. We worked hard for 92 minutes and got rewarded for it."

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