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LOAN STAR; Rovers and Leeds hail handy Andy.

Byline: RICHARD COOPER

TRANMERE 2

Thomas-Moore (pen) 45+2, Robinson 66

MILLWALL 0

ANDY ROBINSON was a hero in Birkenhead and Leeds after he gave Tranmere's survival bid a massive boost - and stuck the knife into Millwall's promotion hopes.

Midfielder Robinson, on loan at Prenton Park from Leeds, produced a brilliant 25-yard strike to put Rovers 2-0 ahead in the 66th minute after Ian Thomas-Moore's first-half penalty opener.

Victory was no more than Tranmere deserved as they moved level on points with Exeter with one match remaining.

But the result was disappointing for Kenny Jackett's men as their hopes of a top-two finish were dealt a massive blow.

Jackett said: "We can play a lot better than that.

"We missed a big opportunity.

The penalty decision was the turning point.

"I did not see it clearly enough to pass an opinion but my players say it was a harsh decision.

"I was disappointed. It was a tight game. Tranmere took their chances and we did not.

"Now we have got to pick ourselves up for next Saturday and see what happens."

Rovers could have led inside the second minute when Andy Frampton fouled former Millwall striker Bas Savage and Robinson swung in a teasing free-kick that Josh Labadie headed just over. Millwall, roared on by a sizeable contingent of travelling fans, quickly sought to establish a foothold on proceedings.

In the eighth minute Jimmy Abdou hit a shot from 20 yards, which Peter Gulacsi saved comfortably.

Millwall threatened again moments later when Neil Harris volleyed wide from six yards when he should have hit the target.

However, on the stroke of half-time the deadlock was broken and the goal went to Tranmere.

Thomas-Moore made inroads inside the Millwall penalty box and was felled by Paul Robinson.

Thomas-Moore dusted himself down and rifled home a perfect penalty to David Forde's left and put Rovers in control. It was his 14th goal of the season and looked set to be the most important by some distance.

Millwall should have drawn level 12 minutes after the restart but Lewis Grabban headed wastefully wide from a corner.

Joss Labadie then went close for Tranmere before they wrapped up the points in the 66th minute when Robinson hit a delightful right-foot shot from 25 yards which flew into the top corner.

Rovers boss Les Parry said: "I am almost speechless to be honest. Every player served us proud and it was a victory we thoroughly deserved. It was a great performance in a game we just had to win."

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 2, 2010
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