Lita strike sees off Rovers
By Simon Fudge. Last Updated: 10/01/05 9:48pm
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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