Tranmere made it 14 points from the 18 available under new boss Ronnie Moore with a comfortable victory over Exeter.

Liam Sercombe fired a shot well over the bar from long distance as the Grecians struggled to get a foothold on the match.

Ryan Brunt wasted a golden opportunity for the hosts, but they did go ahead after half-time when Joss Labadie's angled 20-yard drive flew into the net.

Jake Cassidy secured the points late on with an incisive breakaway goal.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"It's about winning and we dug deep and we defended well.

"We were far too deep sometimes, but we've got to learn how to keep the ball better when we're under the cosh.

"They're all things the lads can work on, but basically as a group they've been fantastic.

"We've got another game coming next week, a bit of a six-pointer really, and if we can win that it does give us a bit of a breather."

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon:

"We gave it a good go, there were four or five excellent performances on the pitch.

"There was a lot of effort there, the players are certainly not giving anything less than one hundred percent."

"David Noble was the best player on the pitch by an absolute distance, I just wish I could give him a better team to play with."

"We've not had any continuity in our selection over the last couple of months and it shows."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Tranmere

  • 01 fon Williams
  • 05 Goodison
  • 12 Taylor
  • 15 Holmes
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 08 Welsh
  • 11 Robinson (Bakayogo - 76' )
  • 17 Akins
  • 27 Wallace (Labadie - 38' Booked )
  • 07 Showunmi (Cassidy - 46' )
  • 28 Brunt

Substitutes

  • 13 Coughlin
  • 03 Bakayogo
  • 04 Labadie
  • 10 Weir
  • 18 Cassidy

Exeter City

  • 40 Pidgeley
  • 02 Tully
  • 05 Archibald-Henville
  • 23 Fortune
  • 27 Baldwin
  • 04 Dunne
  • 07 Sercombe (Taylor - 56' )
  • 08 Noble
  • 10 Nardiello Booked (Bauza - 86' )
  • 19 O'Flynn (Ricketts - 68' )
  • 30 Dalla Valle

Substitutes

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 24 Frear
  • 34 Ricketts
  • 35 Taylor
  • 21 Bauza
Ref: Rushton
Att: 4,786

Match Stats

Shots

15 8

On target

6 3

Corners

4 2

Fouls

6 10

Live Text Commentary

94:11 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:57

Assist on the goal came from Zoumana Bakayogo.

90:00 +2:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Jake Cassidy - Tranmere 2 - 0 Exeter Jake Cassidy finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tranmere 2-0 Exeter.

90:00 +0:06

The official flags Rohan Ricketts offside. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

86:05

Foul by Danny Holmes on Pat Baldwin, free kick awarded. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

85:05 Substitution

Substitution Guillem Bauza on for Daniel Nardiello.

84:02

The ball is delivered by Pat Baldwin, save by Owain Fon Williams.

82:05

Jake Taylor takes a shot. Save by Owain Fon Williams.

81:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Brunt by Jonathan Fortune. Free kick crossed by Joss Labadie, clearance made by Steve Tully.

80:08

The ball is sent over by Zoumana Bakayogo, clearance by Pat Baldwin.

79:41

Centre by Ryan Brunt, Lenny Pidgeley makes a save.

78:59

Jake Cassidy produces a cross.

76:48

The ball is sent over by Zoumana Bakayogo. Lucas Akins sends in a cross, Ryan Brunt takes a shot. Troy Archibald-Henville makes a clearance.

74:55

Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

74:55 Substitution

Substitution Zoumana Bakayogo on for Andy Robinson.

74:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lauri Dalla Valle on Joss Labadie.

74:04

David Noble sends in a cross, clearance made by Ian Goodison.

73:48

Steve Tully delivers the ball, John Welsh makes a clearance.

72:41

Foul by Rohan Ricketts on Lucas Akins, free kick awarded. Danny Holmes restarts play with the free kick.

71:39

The ball is swung over by Ryan Brunt, save made by Lenny Pidgeley.

70:55

Effort from just inside the box by James Dunne strikes the post.

70:32

Daniel Nardiello takes a shot. Ash Taylor manages to make a clearance.

69:36

Corner taken by David Noble, clearance by Danny Holmes.

69:06

The ball is sent over by Andy Robinson.

67:15 Substitution

Substitution Rohan Ricketts comes on in place of John O'Flynn.

63:56

James Dunne has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

63:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Welsh on Jake Taylor. David Noble restarts play with the free kick.

62:33

Danny Holmes is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Pat Baldwin.

61:50

Steve Tully produces a cross, Header by Jake Taylor from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

61:31

Lucas Akins delivers the ball, Steve Tully manages to make a clearance.

60:06

The assistant referee signals for offside against Andy Robinson. Direct free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

59:10

Joss Labadie fouled by James Dunne, the ref awards a free kick. Owain Fon Williams takes the direct free kick.

58:36

Andy Robinson crosses the ball, Lucas Akins produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

57:42

Foul by James Dunne on Joss Labadie, free kick awarded. Danny Holmes takes the free kick.

56:12

Andy Robinson takes a shot. Save by Lenny Pidgeley.

55:17 Substitution

Substitution Jake Taylor is brought on as a substitute for Liam Sercombe.

53:42

The ball is swung over by Troy Archibald-Henville, clearance made by Ian Goodison.

51:18

Foul by Daniel Nardiello on John Welsh, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Joss Labadie from the free kick,

49:27

The assistant referee signals for offside against John O'Flynn. Owain Fon Williams takes the direct free kick.

49:05 Booking

Booking Booking for Joss Labadie for unsporting behaviour.

48:19

Assist by Andy Robinson.

48:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Joss Labadie - Tranmere 1 - 0 Exeter Joss Labadie fires in a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tranmere 1-0 Exeter.

48:04

The ball is sent over by Pat Baldwin, clearance made by Ash Taylor.

46:37

Unfair challenge on John O'Flynn by Joss Labadie results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Enoch Showunmi goes off and Jake Cassidy comes on.

45:00 +1:19 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:49

The offside flag is raised against Lauri Dalla Valle. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:13

Daniel Nardiello sends in a cross, clearance made by Danny Holmes.

44:34

A cross is delivered by Ryan Brunt, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Enoch Showunmi misses to the left of the goal.

44:13

Danny Holmes delivers the ball, Pat Baldwin makes a clearance.

42:25

John Welsh sends in a cross, Ryan Brunt produces a right-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.

39:54

Lucas Akins produces a cross.

37:44 Substitution

Substitution (Tranmere) makes a substitution, with Joss Labadie coming on for James Wallace.

37:02

Unfair challenge on Troy Archibald-Henville by Andy Robinson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

36:48

Andy Robinson sends in a cross. Danny Holmes produces a cross, Jonathan Fortune makes a clearance.

35:38

The ball is crossed by James Wallace, Troy Archibald-Henville makes a clearance.

34:50

James Wallace delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Liam Sercombe makes a clearance.

34:50 Booking

Booking Booking for Daniel Nardiello.

34:17

Unfair challenge on David Buchanan by Daniel Nardiello results in a free kick.

32:02

Corner crossed in by David Buchanan, Foul by Ian Goodison on Lenny Pidgeley, free kick awarded. Lenny Pidgeley takes the direct free kick.

31:55

The ball is delivered by Danny Holmes, Pat Baldwin gets a block in.

28:34

David Noble takes a short corner, clearance made by Ash Taylor.

27:34

James Wallace produces a cross.

26:59

Corner taken by Andy Robinson from the right by-line.

26:38

Lauri Dalla Valle takes a shot. Owain Fon Williams makes a save.

26:18

Ryan Brunt delivers the ball, save by Lenny Pidgeley.

25:38

The offside flag is raised against Ryan Brunt. Troy Archibald-Henville takes the direct free kick.

25:18

Danny Holmes crosses the ball, clearance by Steve Tully.

25:05

Centre by Ian Goodison, Jonathan Fortune makes a clearance.

23:42

Daniel Nardiello challenges James Wallace unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Andy Robinson, save by Lenny Pidgeley. David Buchanan takes a short corner. The ball is delivered by David Buchanan, clearance made by Jonathan Fortune.

22:34

Effort from outside the penalty box by Enoch Showunmi goes wide right of the target.

21:46

Daniel Nardiello takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.

20:21

Daniel Nardiello is adjudged to have handled the ball. Andy Robinson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Steve Tully.

18:57

Jonathan Fortune gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Wallace. Shot comes in from Andy Robinson from the free kick, Troy Archibald-Henville makes a clearance.

18:24

The ball is swung over by Andy Robinson, Pat Baldwin makes a clearance.

18:03

The ball is crossed by Lucas Akins, John Welsh takes a shot. Blocked by Troy Archibald-Henville.

15:50

Centre by David Buchanan, Pat Baldwin manages to make a clearance.

14:27

Lucas Akins produces a cross, Steve Tully makes a clearance.

13:38

Liam Sercombe has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

12:36

The ball is crossed by Lucas Akins, Shot from just outside the area by John Welsh misses to the right of the target.

8:46

A cross is delivered by Ryan Brunt, Andy Robinson produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

6:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lauri Dalla Valle by John Welsh. Lauri Dalla Valle takes the free kick.

5:19

Corner taken short by David Buchanan, The ball is delivered by Andy Robinson, Pat Baldwin manages to make a clearance.

5:12

The ball is crossed by Andy Robinson, Pat Baldwin manages to make a clearance.

4:02

Danny Holmes produces a cross, save by Lenny Pidgeley.

1:53

The ball is delivered by John Welsh, Header by Ryan Brunt from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

1:39

James Dunne challenges Lucas Akins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Lucas Akins.

0:12

The ball is swung over by Danny Holmes, Troy Archibald-Henville makes a clearance.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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