Tranmere ran out comfortable winners over Coventry in their first game without suspended boss Ronnie Moore.

Ryan Lowe opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Billy Daniels brought down Matthew Pennington.

Sky Blues captain Carl Baker had two shots saved in quick succession, but Conor Thomas then headed into his own net to double the hosts' lead.

Jake Kirby slotted in Matthew Kennedy's cross for 3-0, before Michael Petrasso pulled one back with a low strike.

  • Ryan Lowe's 16th goal of the season took him back level with Peterborough United's Britt Assombalonga as League One top scorer.
  • Four of Lowe's 16 League One goals have come against Coventry this season, following his hat-trick in Rovers' 5-1 win at Sixfields in November.

Tranmere boss Moore was suspended by the club on Monday pending the conclusion of a Football Association investigation into a potential breach of betting rules.

Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley told BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire:

"Not good enough. That's my assessment. We have to come to places like this and win.

"Up until the last three weeks this is a group of players that have been receiving great plaudits for most aspects of our game, and it's great when things are going well for you.

"But a measure of a team is in adversity and how you react to adversity and how you react to setbacks, and today several players let us down in that respect.

"I cannot accept a lack of a willingness to work hard regardless of whether we're winning or losing, whether the scoreline is 4-0 or 1-0. I can't accept that. The players have been left in no uncertain terms that I'll not accept that."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Tranmere Rovers

  • 01 Williams
  • 29 Pennington
  • 23 Ridehalgh
  • 18 Jennings
  • 32 Arthurworrey
  • 04 Taylor Booked
  • 22 Koumas
  • 08 Wallace Booked
  • 14 Cassidy (Stockton - 66' )
  • 20 Kennedy (Robinson - 86' )
  • 09 Lowe (Kirby - 57' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 02 Holmes
  • 05 Goodison
  • 10 Robinson
  • 15 Kirby
  • 16 Stockton
  • 17 Power
  • 33 Mooney

Coventry City

  • 01 Murphy
  • 02 Christie (Willis - 73' )
  • 24 Clarke
  • 07 Fleck Booked
  • 04 Webster
  • 15 Seaborne
  • 08 Baker (McGeouch - 90' )
  • 06 Thomas
  • 14 Moussa
  • 27 Petrasso
  • 17 Daniels (Marshall - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Adams
  • 11 McGeouch
  • 13 Burge
  • 16 Barton
  • 19 Willis
  • 26 Marshall
  • 33 Maund
Ref: Andy Madley
Att: 5,279

Match Stats

Shots

8 8

On target

5 3

Corners

5 5

Fouls

15 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 3, Coventry City 1.

90:00 +5:52 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 3, Coventry City 1.

90:00 +5:00

James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +5:00

Foul by Franck Moussa (Coventry City).

90:00 +3:33

Attempt missed. John Fleck (Coventry City) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right.

90:00 +2:54

Attempt saved. Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

90:00 +2:14

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Mark Marshall.

90:00 +1:42

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Andy Webster.

90:00 +1:21 Booking

Booking John Fleck (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:17

James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:17

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

89:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Dylan McGeouch replaces Carl Baker.

85:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Robinson replaces Matthew Kennedy.

85:16

Attempt missed. Mark Marshall (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

84:39

Foul by Matthew Kennedy (Tranmere Rovers).

84:39

Mark Marshall (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:55 Booking

Booking Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

82:25

Foul by Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers).

82:25

Mark Marshall (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:41

Attempt missed. John Fleck (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

81:09

Foul by Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers).

81:09

Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:22

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Daniel Seaborne.

79:33

Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:33

Foul by Jordan Clarke (Coventry City).

78:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tranmere Rovers 3, Coventry City 1. Michael Petrasso (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Marshall.

76:44

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Steven Jennings.

76:28

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Jason Koumas.

76:07

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

74:56 Booking

Booking Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

74:30

Foul by Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers).

74:30

Mark Marshall (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Jordan Willis replaces Cyrus Christie.

68:40

Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).

68:40

Andy Webster (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Cole Stockton replaces Jake Cassidy.

65:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Mark Marshall replaces Billy Daniels.

63:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tranmere Rovers 3, Coventry City 0. Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Ridehalgh with a cross.

56:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jake Kirby replaces Ryan Lowe because of an injury.

51:28

Attempt missed. Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

51:00

Cyrus Christie (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:57

Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

47:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tranmere Rovers 2, Coventry City 0. James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jason Koumas with a cross following a set piece situation.

45:39

Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:39

Foul by Jordan Clarke (Coventry City).

45:00

Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 1, Coventry City 0.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Coventry City 0.

44:14

Stephen Arthurworrey (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:14

Foul by Carl Baker (Coventry City).

36:58

Attempt missed. John Fleck (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

36:22

Foul by Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers).

36:22

Daniel Seaborne (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:23 Booking

Booking James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

34:19

Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).

34:19

Cyrus Christie (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:04

Attempt missed. Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

32:21

Carl Baker (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:21

Foul by Stephen Arthurworrey (Tranmere Rovers).

31:32

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Owain Williams.

31:16

Attempt saved. Carl Baker (Coventry City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

30:08

Foul by Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers).

30:08

Franck Moussa (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:48

Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).

22:48

Conor Thomas (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:20

Attempt missed. Matthew Kennedy (Tranmere Rovers) header from very close range is too high.

21:26

Attempt saved. John Fleck (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

20:26

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Andy Webster.

20:11

Attempt blocked. Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

19:02

Foul by Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers).

19:02

Daniel Seaborne (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:46

Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

17:46

Franck Moussa (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:11

Foul by Matthew Kennedy (Tranmere Rovers).

15:11

Cyrus Christie (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:38

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Michael Petrasso.

13:12

Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:12

Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

11:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Coventry City 0. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

11:32

Penalty Tranmere Rovers. Matthew Pennington draws a foul in the penalty area.

11:32

Penalty conceded by Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) after a foul in the penalty area.

7:12

Attempt saved. Stephen Arthurworrey (Tranmere Rovers) header from very close range is saved in the top left corner.

6:31

James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:31

Foul by Jordan Clarke (Coventry City).

5:27

Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

5:27

Michael Petrasso (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:09

Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:09

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

3:39

Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:39

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

2:55

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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