Football: Flying start 'is everything I could have asked for' LEAGUE ONE.Byline: NICK HILTON
MANAGER Ronnie Moore
Ronald David Moore (born 29 January 1953) is an English football manager, currently of Tranmere Rovers and former player. says his Tranmere players are "giving everything I could ask for" in a strong start to the League One campaign.
Rovers strengthened their grip on second place in the table over the weekend, opening up a three-point lead on the pack of clubs in the play-off zone after six games.
Tranmere topped the division for a few hours after Friday night's 2-1 win over Luton at Prenton Park Prenton Park is a multi-use stadium in Birkenhead, England. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Tranmere Rovers F.C.. The stadium holds 16,789 and was built in 1912.http://aolsearch.aol.co. , only for Leyton Orient to regain pole position pole position
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Moore said: "It is early days but we have put the points on the board. I don't mind being up there near the top of the league to be shot at. We will see how good we are.
"I think the spirit and the determination we have here is excellent. The lads get along well together and work well together. It is everything I could ask for as a manager at the moment - and long may it continue."
Moore took particular satisfaction in seeing Tranmere dig out the victory over Luton with two late goals after trailing for most of the game. Rovers usually struggled when they went behind last season and had to wait until the end of March before recording a comeback victory.
"I think we have shown we have the bit between our teeth," Moore said.
"Friday night's game was a good advert for this division and I think we will look back at the end of the season and say what a good result it was.
"Luton are a very good side. They are going to be there or thereabouts there·a·bouts also there·a·bout
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"But I still think we were the better side and deserved to win the game. We outfought them. I have nothing but praise for the character our lads showed."
Even so, Tranmere were trailing to a fifth minute goal from Luton's veteran striker Paul Furlong Paul Furlong (born 1 October, 1968) is an English professional footballer. He currently plays for Luton Town after being released by Queens Park Rangers.
A much-travelled striker, Furlong's career has included stints with Coventry City, Watford, Chelsea, Birmingham City and when Moore made a couple of decisive substitutions around three-quarter time.
Teenage prospect Craig Curran Craig Curran (born 23 August, 1989) is an English football player. He currently plays for Tranmere Rovers, where he wears the number 25 shirt. He plays as a centre forward and scored 15 goals for the Tranmere Rovers reserve team during the 2006/2007 season. , a 71st minute replacement for target-man Gareth Taylor, fired Tranmere level on 83 minutes with an opportunist op·por·tun·ist
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Then versatile defender Anthony Kay, on in place of midfielder Steve Jennings, headed the winner from Shane Sherriff's 87th minute free-kick.
Moore said: "I told the players at half-time that if we got a goal we could go on to win the game. We had four or five chances that did not go in. We changed things and it worked for us.
"It is all written for Craig at the moment. It's like Craig of the Rovers instead of Roy of the Rovers Roy of the Rovers is a British comic strip about the life and exploits of a fictional footballer named Roy Race which has run in various publications since 1954. .
"Bringing Anthony Kay on gave us extra height in both penalty areas. When he gets forward, he is capable of scoring the type of goal that won the game for us. It was a real centre forward's header.
"But I think Gareth Taylor deserved big praise for his performance. He suffered a broken rib three weeks ago but he was willing to roll his sleeves up and play on Friday night because I wanted some extra strength up front. He led the line well and passed it well. His touch was good."
Moore paid tribute to the noisy Friday night crowd at Prenton Park, who kept the decibel decibel (dĕs`əbĕl', –bəl), abbr. dB, unit used to measure the loudness of sound. It is one tenth of a bel (named for A. G. Bell), but the larger unit is rarely used. levels high as Tranmere wore down Luton's resistance.
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I don't mind being up there near the top of the league, to be shot at
Steve Davies fires in a shot at the Luton Town goal during Friday's 2-1 win Picture: MARTIN BIRCHALL