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Football: Take your boots you may get a game.

Byline: BY PETER BISHOP Tranmere Supporter

ROVERS fans heading for Leyton Orient today may be advised to get to the match earlier than usual and take their football boots, shin pads and lucky ties with them, for they might just get a game!

Yes, these are testing times for Ronnie Moore. Just one fit defender - Shane Sherriff - to call upon to face a rejuvenated side that rattled in five goals against an equally resurgent Millwall on Tuesday.

With so many defenders injured, or suspended, Ronnie may be forced to again deploy someone less than 100% fit, and maybe striker Gareth Taylor at centre-half.

If that's the case lets hope Orient don't have a striker of the pace and power of Odejayi of Cheltenham, who ran us ragged on Tuesday.

Our lack of pace, plus a struggling Ian Goodison, was cruelly exposed during a shambolic first half, and several times on the counter in the second period, in what has to be our worst defensive display of the season so far.

A better side than lowly Cheltenham would have thrashed us. All the more encouraging therefore that we staged a two-goal comeback for the first time this season to get a point from a bad day at the office, when some of our rivals fell by the wayside to prove just how mediocre League One is this season.

It seems no-one, including us, can string more than a couple of results together.

But despite the frustrating inconsistency and misguided barracking, Ronnie is right that an automatic promotion place is still possible for anyone that can string a few results together.

The question is can we patch together a team capable of emerging from the pack come May?

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 24, 2007
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