Drought ends but: ‘Westley, sort it out’!

Preston North End's Nicky Hunt and Tranmere Rovers Enoch Showunmi battle for the ball

Preston North End's Nicky Hunt and Tranmere Rovers Enoch Showunmi battle for the ball

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  • Tranmere Rovers 2 - PNE 1
  • Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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Preston’s barren run in front of goal might be over after this mid-table clash, but their struggle to find form certainly wasn’t, wrote Dave Seddon.

Graham Cummins broke North End’s scoring duck – by then having lasted 423 minutes – to claim an early lead at Prenton Park.

Chris Robertson and Tranmere Rovers Ryan Brunt battle for the ball

Chris Robertson and Tranmere Rovers Ryan Brunt battle for the ball

But it counted for nothing by the final whistle though, Tranmere coming back to claim a deserved victory.

Rovers had quickly adapted to the appointment of their new manager Ronnie Moore, having with this win taken seven points from a possible nine under his stewardship.

The same could not be said of PNE, with them having won just once in 10 games since Graham Westley took command.

Some sections of the large travelling support voiced their anger at the final whistle, shouting: ‘Westley, Westley, sort it out’.

Things looked bright for North End when Cummins got on the end of a Barry Nicholson freekick to head home i n the 11th minute.

He’d been the last Lilywhites player to find the net in the 2-1 defeat at Sheffield United on February 18.

But within four minutes Tranmere were level through Encoh Showunmi, and level pegging was a fair outcome going into half-time.

But the second half simply wasn’t good enough from the visitors’ point of view, with them failing to conjure up a worthwhile chance.

In contrast, at the other end, the hosts carved out a steady stream of chances, Andy Robinson tucking one of those away in the 71st minute for what proved to be the winner.

So very much a step-back for North End in terms of their progress, and those fans who travelled to the Wirral deserved more.