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Season Review: Tranmere Rovers

Discussion in 'Tranmere' started by A Matter Of Time, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. A Matter Of Time

    A Matter Of Time Well-Known Member

    May 1, 2013
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    After a wonderful start to the season, Tranmere spectacularly fell away to finish in mid-table. It was a position that most supporters and perhaps Ronnie Moore himself would have been pretty happy with at the beginning, but after being top of the league for so long, it proved to be a disappointment. To be fair, the club overachieved for two thirds of the campaign, with several highlights, which included many wins on the road.

    The side began extremely quickly. A mixture of youth and experience. Long serving utility player Zoumana Bakayogo impressed, as did Andy Robinson, who has enjoyed a long career in the lower divisions. Away success came at Notts County, Scunthorpe, and emphatically at Carlisle and Crawley. The signs were there for Rovers to launch a highly unexpected tilt at promotion with one of the lowest budgets in League One, the division the club has occupied for twelve years now.

    The club was lucky enough to be live on Sky three times in 2012/13, all at home. They entered the games against MK Dons and Shrewsbury sitting top, but they didn't look good in either game. It was one-way traffic in favour of Karl Robinson's side, who finally got the win they deserved late on. Against Shrewsbury, Palmer's early sending off made things very difficult, and they lost 2-0. Stevenage were beaten in their final TV outing, thanks to some woeful defending, although Rovers were the better team on that occasion.

    Being top in March, it must represent a major source of dismay that not even the play-offs came to the team's rescue as they just fell away. Manager Moore was realistic about everything, but overall the season just fizzled out after promising so much.

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