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Prenton Park (ATT 5,466) 17th April 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Eltringham

Tranmere Tranmere Rovers vs Exeter City Exeter

Tranmere 3

C Curran (43)
J Labadie (59)
G Edds (88)

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Exeter 1

J Dunne (S/O 36)
S Fleetwood (85)

Crucial win for Tranmere

Exeter go down 3-1 at Prenton Park

Last Updated: 17/04/10 7:29pm

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Curran: Struck for Tranmere

Curran: Struck for Tranmere

Tranmere boosted their survival hopes with a 3-1 win over 10-man Exeter.

The Grecians played more than half the game with man short and are now just two points above the drop zone after their first defeat in 10 outings.

The game's turning point came in the 36th minute when 20-year-old midfielder James Dunne was dismissed for a second bookable offence after fouling Joss Labadie. His first yellow card had come just three minutes earlier while tangling with the same player.

Tranmere created the better chances in the opening half but failed to put significant pressure on visiting keeper Paul Jones until Craig Curran headed home Zoumana Bakayogo's 43rd-minute cross.

Exeter rarely threatened and Tranmere maintained the ascendancy after half-time before doubling their lead in the 58th minute. Labadie collected a poor clearance by Jones and planted the ball home from 30 yards.

The West Country outfit were given hope when substitute Stuart Fleetwood converted Scott Golbourne cross in the 84th minute but Tranmere made the game safe four minutes later with Gareth Edds slotting into the corner following a swift counter attack.

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1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40

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