Everton loan man Jose Baxter's first-half strike was enough to give Tranmere all three points against Oldham.

Baxter's shot from Lucas Akins' pass took a deflection off Rovers centre forward Enoch Showumni to beat visiting keeper Alex Cisak.

Adam McGurk came close to doubling the advantage but his header from an Akins cross came back off the crossbar.

Latics striker Shefki Kuqi fired wide from distance as the hosts comfortably held out.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Tranmere manager Les Parry told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"Ian Goodison and Ash Taylor were fantastic as (Oldham) are a handful and we thought both of them were superb.

"We don't want to have to score three goals to win a game and at the moment we're keeping clean sheets and we've kept more clean sheets than anyone in this division.

"We were looking to get six points from our two home games and we've got three of them so at least we're half way there."

Oldham manager Paul Dickov told BBC Radio Manchester:

"What our players have got to realise is they can't just turn up at football matches and start the way they did today.

"Every time you play football you have to go out there and have desire and, I think, mentally after a couple of wins they switched off.

"It tells me they get complacent. It tells me they don't retain the information we give them and I'm getting a bit sick of it."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Tranmere

  • 01 fon Williams
  • 05 Goodison
  • 12 Taylor
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 19 Raven
  • 08 Welsh
  • 10 Weir Booked
  • 07 Showunmi (Tyriaki - 90' )
  • 14 McGurk (Power - 90' Booked )
  • 17 Akins
  • 21 Baxter

Substitutes

  • 13 Coughlin
  • 03 Bakayogo
  • 15 Holmes
  • 20 Power
  • 09 Tyriaki

Oldham

  • 01 Cisak
  • 02 Mvoto
  • 06 N Clarke
  • 29 Mellor
  • 04 Wesolowski
  • 11 Adeyemi (Furman - 62' )
  • 18 Taylor
  • 19 Lee Booked
  • 07 Morais Booked
  • 10 Simpson (Smith - 70' )
  • 32 Kuqi Booked

Substitutes

  • 28 Gerrard
  • 03 Black
  • 16 Tarkowski
  • 08 Furman
  • 14 Smith
Ref: Pawson
Att: 5,117

Match Stats

Shots

9 7

On target

3 2

Corners

8 4

Fouls

15 10

Live Text Commentary

96:14 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +5:50

Chris Taylor produces a cross, save by Owain Fon Williams.

90:00 +5:45

Filipe Morais crosses the ball.

90:00 +5:21

Filipe Morais restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +5:21 Booking

Booking The referee shows Max Power a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +5:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Max Power on Kieran Lee.

90:00 +4:01 Substitution

Substitution Max Power comes on in place of Adam McGurk.

90:00 +2:20 Substitution

Substitution Mustafa Tiryaki is brought on as a substitute for Enoch Showunmi.

90:00 +1:12

Direct free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

90:00 +1:12 Booking

Booking Filipe Morais shown a yellow card.

90:00 +1:02

Filipe Morais gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Buchanan.

89:42

Kieran Lee produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

88:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lucas Akins by Dean Furman. Direct free kick taken by Ian Goodison.

87:09

The ball is delivered by David Mellor, Matt Smith takes a shot. Save made by Owain Fon Williams.

85:46

Corner from right by-line crossed in by John Welsh, clearance by Jean Yves Mvoto.

84:54

John Welsh decides to take a short corner, John Welsh takes a shot. Save by Alex Cisak.

81:52

Floated corner taken from the left by-line by Filipe Morais, Headed effort from inside the area by Jean Yves Mvoto misses to the right of the goal.

81:46

Filipe Morais crosses the ball, David Raven makes a clearance.

81:33

The ball is sent over by Filipe Morais.

80:35

A cross is delivered by Kieran Lee, Shot on goal by Matt Smith from just inside the area goes over the target.

76:37

Corner taken by John Welsh, clearance by Nathan Clarke.

76:18

Cross/shot by Jose Baxter, blocked by Jean Yves Mvoto.

75:10

The ball is delivered by Adam McGurk.

74:28

Filipe Morais takes the outswinging corner, Ian Goodison makes a clearance.

73:49

Kieran Lee fouled by David Buchanan, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Filipe Morais.

73:19

The ball is sent over by Lucas Akins.

71:49

Filipe Morais takes the direct free kick.

71:49 Booking

Booking The referee shows Robbie Weir a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

71:27

Unfair challenge on Chris Taylor by Robbie Weir results in a free kick.

69:53 Substitution

Substitution Matt Smith comes on in place of Robbie Simpson.

69:03

Lucas Akins sends in a cross, Nathan Clarke manages to make a clearance.

66:57

Shot on goal by Shefki Kuqi from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

66:23

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by John Welsh from the left by-line, Alex Cisak makes a save.

66:07

John Welsh decides to take a short corner, Kieran Lee manages to make a clearance.

65:23

Robbie Weir takes a shot. Alex Cisak makes a save.

64:18

David Buchanan crosses the ball, Alex Cisak makes a save.

63:22

John Welsh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Wesolowski. Direct free kick taken by Nathan Clarke.

61:44

Shefki Kuqi takes a shot. Save made by Owain Fon Williams.

61:14 Substitution

Substitution Tom Adeyemi goes off and Dean Furman comes on.

60:49

The ball is sent over by Lucas Akins, Jose Baxter has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

57:26

David Raven challenges Chris Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Mellor takes the free kick.

57:04

David Raven sends in a cross, Nathan Clarke makes a clearance.

55:56

Enoch Showunmi takes a shot. Save by Alex Cisak.

54:44

Unfair challenge on Jean Yves Mvoto by Enoch Showunmi results in a free kick. Alex Cisak restarts play with the free kick.

53:53

John Welsh takes a short corner.

52:48

John Welsh sends in a cross.

51:28

Jose Baxter concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Taylor. Free kick crossed by David Mellor, Ian Goodison manages to make a clearance.

51:09

The ball is sent over by Filipe Morais, Ian Goodison manages to make a clearance.

50:25

Adam McGurk has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

47:40

Filipe Morais crosses the ball, Enoch Showunmi manages to make a clearance.

47:10

Lucas Akins sends in a cross, Adam McGurk takes a shot.

45:39

Foul by Jean Yves Mvoto on Adam McGurk, free kick awarded. Adam McGurk takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:20 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +1:42

Robbie Simpson decides to take a short corner.

45:00 +1:35

Centre by Kieran Lee, David Raven makes a clearance.

44:39

Unfair challenge on Kieran Lee by Adam McGurk results in a free kick. Alex Cisak takes the free kick.

43:11

Shefki Kuqi has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

41:00

The ball is delivered by Kieran Lee, Ash Taylor manages to make a clearance.

39:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Buchanan by Shefki Kuqi. Owain Fon Williams takes the direct free kick.

38:23

Short corner worked by John Welsh, Ash Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Wesolowski. Free kick taken by Alex Cisak.

37:00

Robbie Simpson produces a cross, save made by Owain Fon Williams.

35:22

The ball is sent over by Robbie Simpson.

32:16

Enoch Showunmi challenges Jean Yves Mvoto unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex Cisak.

31:25

John Welsh has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

31:16

Centre by David Raven, Nathan Clarke makes a clearance.

29:33

Direct free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

29:33 Booking

Booking The referee shows Shefki Kuqi a yellow card.

28:31

Outswinging corner taken by Robbie Simpson. The referee penalises Shefki Kuqi for handball.

26:06

Foul by Enoch Showunmi on Jean Yves Mvoto, free kick awarded. Alex Cisak restarts play with the free kick.

25:29

John Welsh delivers the ball in from the corner.

24:58

Unfair challenge on David Buchanan by Shefki Kuqi results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Welsh.

23:10

John Welsh restarts play with the free kick.

23:10 Booking

Booking Kieran Lee is booked.

22:54

Kieran Lee concedes a free kick for a foul on John Welsh.

21:35

Unfair challenge on James Wesolowski by Enoch Showunmi results in a free kick. Nathan Clarke takes the direct free kick.

21:24

The ball is sent over by Robbie Simpson, Ash Taylor makes a clearance.

20:01

Kieran Lee challenges Adam McGurk unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Buchanan restarts play with the free kick.

17:33

Assist on the goal came from Lucas Akins.

17:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Jose Baxter - Tranmere 1 - 0 Oldham Jose Baxter grabs a goal from just outside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Tranmere 1-0 Oldham.

17:31

Lucas Akins sends in a cross,

16:13

Chris Taylor fouled by Robbie Weir, the ref awards a free kick. David Mellor takes the free kick.

14:01

The official flags Enoch Showunmi offside. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Cisak.

12:17

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ash Taylor. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Cisak.

12:10

David Raven sends in a cross.

11:41

John Welsh fouled by Tom Adeyemi, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ian Goodison.

7:35

John Welsh fouled by David Mellor, the ref awards a free kick. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

7:00

Centre by Robbie Simpson.

6:16

James Wesolowski fouled by Enoch Showunmi, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Wesolowski.

5:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Goodison on Nathan Clarke. Alex Cisak takes the free kick.

4:20

Adam McGurk delivers the ball, Alex Cisak makes a save.

1:39

Nathan Clarke delivers the ball, Ash Taylor makes a clearance.

0:09

Tom Adeyemi concedes a free kick for a foul on Robbie Weir. Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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