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Sky Bet League 1

Weston Homes Community Stadium (ATT 3,077) 23rd February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Stroud

Colchester Colchester United vs Tranmere Rovers Tranmere

Colchester 1

M Okuonghae (29)

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Tranmere 5

M Power (11)
J Akpa Akpro (41)
A Taylor (65)
C Stockton (85)
M O'Halloran (pen 90+1)

U's thrashed by Rovers

Last Updated: 23/02/13 7:37pm

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Max Power: Amongst the goals

Max Power: Amongst the goals

Tranmere boosted their hopes of automatic promotion with a comfortable 5-1 win at struggling Colchester.

Rovers ended a run of four straight defeats in style, with Max Power's vicious strike from Andy Robinson's half-cleared corner handing them an 11th-minute lead.

The U's equalised just before the half-hour mark when Magnus Okuonghae swept home at the far post from Billy Clifford's free-kick.

But Tranmere restored their lead four minutes before half-time through Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, who pounced on hesitation between Colchester skipper Josh Thompson and goalkeeper Sam Walker to lob the ball into the net.

Akpa Akpro's curling effort flashed just wide before Tranmere extended their lead midway through the second half when Ash Taylor powered home a header from Michael Kay's delivery.

Substitute Cole Stockton drove home a low shot from the edge of the area for Rovers' fourth with four minutes left, before Michael O'Halloran wrapped up Tranmere's win after converting the penalty he had won following Thompson's trip in the area.

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2 Preston North End 14 31
3 Swindon Town 14 26
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8 Milton Keynes Dons 13 24
9 Rochdale 14 23
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11 Chesterfield 15 19
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13 Crawley Town 15 18
14 Colchester United 15 17
15 Barnsley 14 16
16 Port Vale 15 16
17 Coventry City 15 16
18 Walsall 15 15
19 Leyton Orient 15 15
20 Doncaster Rovers 13 15
21 Gillingham 15 14
22 Yeovil Town 15 13
23 Crewe Alexandra 15 13
24 Scunthorpe United 15 12