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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 33 70
2 Milton Keynes Dons 33 62
3 Preston North End 32 62
4 Swindon Town 33 61
5 Sheffield United 32 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 33 48
7 Chesterfield 33 45
8 Bradford City 32 45
9 Port Vale 33 45
10 Peterborough United 33 44
11 Fleetwood Town 33 44
12 Barnsley 33 44
13 Oldham Athletic 32 43
14 Gillingham 33 42
15 Rochdale 31 41
16 Walsall 33 41
17 Scunthorpe United 32 41
18 Crewe Alexandra 33 39
19 Notts County 32 38
20 Coventry City 32 36
21 Leyton Orient 32 35
22 Colchester United 33 34
23 Crawley Town 33 34
24 Yeovil Town 33 30

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