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Prenton Park (ATT 5,063) 18th August 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Eltrigham

Tranmere Tranmere Rovers vs Leyton Orient Leyton Or

Tranmere 3

Z Bakayogo (34)
J Akpa Akpro (57, 65)


Leyton Or 1

M Symes (pen 88)

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Last Updated: 17/08/12 2:38pm

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Taylor: Back from international duty

Taylor: Back from international duty

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Tranmere and Leyton Orient at Prenton Park.

Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore is set to once more operate with a patched-up defence.

Rovers needed extra-time to see off Chesterfield 2-1 in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup tie and did so without centre-backs Ian Goodison, Mark McChrystal and Ash Taylor.

Taylor is available once more having returned from Wales Under-21 duty along with Jake Cassidy, but McChrystal remains out of action with a groin problem, while 39-year-old Goodison is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after learning he needs cartilage surgery.

Full-back Paul Black, a summer signing after being released by Oldham, must wait for his debut as he battles with a thigh injury and forward Adam McGurk is laid low with a similar complaint.

Former Rotherham winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie marked his Rovers debut from the bench with a dramatic 120th-minute winner in midweek and may come into Moore's thoughts for a starting berth.

Leyton Orient have an almost fully-fit squad.

Goalkeeper Jamie Jones is the only injury absentee and he is edging closer to a return to fitness following a shoulder problem.

Ryan Allsop will continue between the sticks after an impressive debut on Tuesday against Charlton, in which he saved a penalty in the shoot-out as Orient dumped the Championship new boys out of the Capital One Cup.

Allsop was one of six players to make their full debuts at The Valley along with Nathan Clarke, Lloyd James, Gary Sawyer, Mathieu Baudry and Anthony Griffith, while fellow summer signings Michael Symes and Ryan Brunt came off the bench.

Boss Russell Slade is hopeful the 120 minutes has not taken too much out of his new-look side and is unlikely to make changes.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 34 73
2 Preston North End 33 63
3 Milton Keynes Dons 34 62
4 Swindon Town 34 61
5 Sheffield United 33 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 34 49
7 Chesterfield 34 48
8 Bradford City 33 48
9 Peterborough United 34 47
10 Barnsley 34 47
11 Oldham Athletic 33 46
12 Gillingham 34 45
13 Port Vale 34 45
14 Fleetwood Town 34 45
15 Rochdale 32 44
16 Walsall 34 44
17 Scunthorpe United 33 42
18 Notts County 33 41
19 Crewe Alexandra 34 39
20 Coventry City 33 36
21 Leyton Orient 33 35
22 Colchester United 34 34
23 Crawley Town 34 34
24 Yeovil Town 34 30