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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.

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Tranmere Rovers 0-1 Bristol City

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Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 16 31
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Rochdale 18 27
8 Peterborough United 18 27
9 Oldham Athletic 18 27
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15

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