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Prenton Park (ATT 8,183) 10th January 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: R Olivier

Tranmere Tranmere Rovers vs Bristol City Bristol C

Lita strike sees off Rovers

By Simon Fudge.   Last Updated: 10/01/05 9:48pm

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Bristol City moved into the League One play-off places after a hard-fought 1-0 win at Tranmere Rovers on Monday evening.

Leroy Lita's fine strike 10 minutes into the match sealed three vital points for the West Country club, who rode their luck at times in the second half to keep a clean sheet at Prenton Park.

The visitors had the best of the opening exchanges and a fine piece of skill gave The Robins the lead.

Luke Wilkshire's lobbed pass forward found Lita in Tranmere's box and the striker neatly chested the ball down before eluding his marker and striking left footed past Rovers goalkeeper Russell Howarth for 1-0.

The home side then responded and Ryan Taylor forced a good save from Robins goalkeeper Steve Phillips with a left footed free kick before Danny Coles headed the loose ball clear.

Rovers forced another good save from Phillips after Paul Hall sent strike partner Iain Hume through, but his shot was well blocked by the City custodian while Bradley Orr forced a save from Howarth at the other end, as the visitors took the one-goal lead at the break.

The second half saw Tranmere pile the pressure on Brian Tinnion's side, with Hall and Gareth Roberts having efforts at goal.

Ian Sharps was unlucky with a header from a Tranmere corner on the right, as City's Mickey Bell cleared his effort off the line after Phillips was beaten.

Tranmere defender Michael Jackson then failed to hit the target with two headed chances while Hume and substitute Eugene Dadi were unable not convert late opportunities for the home side.

Rovers' night was summed up when referee Ray Olivier waved away Tranmere's appeals for a penalty after Orr handled Roberts's cross in front of his own goal.

The Robins, meanwhile, looked to extend their lead on the break and Orr was unlucky not to score with two chances, with the second chance forcing a great instinct save from Howarth after Wilkshire crossed from the left.

Lita came close to getting his second goal with two close efforts while substitute Scott Murray flashed a low drive across the face of Tranmere's goal in the dying stages.

In the end, it was a well-deserved victory on Merseyside for The Robins, as they took both League encounters against Brian Little's side, who failed to score at home for the first time this season.

Click below for a match summary: 
Tranmere Rovers 0-1 Bristol City

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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
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12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
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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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