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Matchroom Stadium (ATT 5,568) 18th October 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A D'Urso

Leyton Or Leyton Orient vs Tranmere Rovers Tranmere

Shuker strike sinks Orient

Rovers pile more misery on Martin Ling's men

Last Updated: 18/10/08 6:46pm

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Shuker: Solitary strike settled game

Shuker: Solitary strike settled game

Tranmere withstood Orient's second-half revival to clinch a 1-0 win at Matchroom Stadium.

Tranmere withstood Leyton Orient's second-half revival to clinch a 1-0 win at Matchroom Stadium, their third on the road this season, and leave the Londoners without a victory in six matches.

A tame first half ended with Tranmere ahead following hesitant defending on the edge of Orient's penalty area which allowed midfielder Chris Shuker to curl a volley beyond goalkeeper Glenn Morris five minutes before half-time.

Tranmere's only first-half effort came from debutant Dean Morgan, who fired over the crossbar. Anthony Kay twice emerged from midfield with shots on goal for the visitors, one forcing a fine save from Morris, while defender Ryan Shotton went close with a far post header from Shuker's corner.

Orient went close to a 51st-minute equaliser when Jason Demetriou's cross deceived goalkeeper Danny Coyne, but crashed by off the far post.

Shuker's free-kick then flew over the crossbar, while Orient, employing three substitutes, kept play mainly in Rovers' half.

Simon Dawkins shot straight at Coyne, who then denied the same player with the save of the match two minutes from time.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16

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