Date: 30th September 2006 at 8:29pm
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Today’s trip to Valley Parade was always going to be a tricky one, and so it proved, as Rovers fell to two second half goals in Bradford.

The Rovers line up had two changes in it since the midweek draw at home to Huddersfield. Chris McCready was out with injury, so Aussie Shane Sherriff replaced him. Jason McAteer also started, coming in for the suspended Paul McLaren in midfield. Danny Harrison was named in the squad, taking injured Steve Jennings` place on the bench and, despite reportedly still being injured, striker Calvin Zola started.

Stockdale Goodison Sherriff Tremarco
Shuker McAteer Mullin Ellison
Greenacre Zola

A lively start to the game saw Ian Goodison temporarily injured and the bright Bradford winger Jermaine Johnson also picking up a knock. Johnson did have to be replaced though, most probably to the relief of the Rovers back-line.

Rovers came closest to breaking the deadlock soon after as Greenacre hit the post after some good from Kevin Ellison.

A few half-chances went by at either end, but as half-time arrived neither side had hit the back of the net.

Soon after the restart the Bantams scored. A foul by Ian Goodison on David Graham gave City the chance on the free-kick. They took the oppurtunity with Mark Bower heading home at the far post from Lee Holmes` set play.

Rovers were finding it hard to break Bradford down, and decided to replace Calvin Zola with exciting 18 year-old forward Steve Davies to try and rectify the situation. However, shortly after the substitute had come on, City got their second. Ian Goodison headed Lee Holmes` cross in firstly into the air, then with his second attempt at clearing, right into the path of ex-Everton youngster Steven Schumacher, who converted with a side-footed volley from 12 yards.

Tranmere failed to get back into the game, and only a few smart Gavin Ward stops from Graham and Holmes kept the deficit at two goals. The Referee blew his whistle for full-time, condemning the Whites to their third league defeat of the season.

So, another stutter from Rovers when they were temporarily top of the league at half-time due to scores around the league. We now fall to fifth, which is disappointing but perhaps no real surprise given Rovers` recent injury setbacks. Next up is another tricky away match, this time at Swansea on Friday night. Ronnie Moore will look to rally his troops for this big game, getting Rovers back on track.