By Josh Roberts
Tranmere secured all three points on a bitterly cold November afternoon at Prenton Park with a 2 – 0 win over a subdued Dagenham & Redbridge side. Goals in the first half from James Norwood and Ollie Norburn put Rovers in the driving seat for a comfortable win in a game which should have yielded more goals – but did either of the goal scorers make our three star players list?
Tranmere’s no.10 put in another tireless performance leading the line with strike partner Andy Cook against Dagenham and was reward with another goal, his third goal in consecutive home games.
Again he opened the scoring in the opening five minutes in back-to-back home fixtures and it was his goal that set the platform for the victory. Having a front man in the shape of Norwood put Rovers in a great position when attacking
It isn’t just his goal scoring ability that has impressed. He possesses a surprising turn of speed which he utilised well in yesterday’s match, chasing and winning long balls over the top which helped Tranmere to attack deep in Dagenham’s half.
He showed his prowess in the air, as well, winning a number of headers against a Dagenham defence that didn’t know how to deal with him all afternoon.
The diminutive midfielder entered the fray sooner than he expected at the weekend after starting the game on the bench. Mitch Duggan’s unfortunate injury forced the usual centre midfielder into an unfamiliar right-back role, and he excelled.
He wasted no time in settling into the role by making a number of crunching tackles and breaking down any play Dagenham attempted.
Harris played a large part in why Tranmere kept a clean sheet and made sure Scott Davies had an easy afternoon in goal.
It was a performance in which the no.8 didn’t put a foot wrong and was rewarded with the deserved man-of-the-match accolade.
Captain Fantastic put in another typically solid performance from the centre of defence, marshalling his troops accordingly to set up for an important win in the hunt to make the play off places.
McNulty showed his footballing class and defensive nous throughout Saturday’s game, putting his body in the way to ensure Tranmere came away with a clean sheet.
His ability to play out from the back and look for a pass up field had Dagenham unsure of what the big man was going to do with the ball from minute one.
He was calmness personified as he and Jay Harris on the right side of the back four put in two great defensive performances.