A week of ups and downs at Prenton Park

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There hasn’t been a dull moment at Tranmere Rovers this week. There have been plenty of talking points both on and off the pitch.

First of all, there was news of club captain Ian Thomas-Moore handing in a transfer request. Then, Rovers endured a 2-1 defeat at home to local rivals Oldham.

Then came news that manager Les Parry was close to signing a couple of new strikers before Rovers reached the second round of the Carling Cup following a 1-0 win at Walsall.

Let’s start at the beginning and the news that Ian Thomas-Moore has asked for a transfer. He was Tranmere’s top scorer last season with 15 goals and is a key player in the current squad. He brings experience, know-how and no little quality.

He's the club captain too and not somebody who could be easily replaced. The supporters have a great deal of affection for him and would love for him to stay at the club for the remainder of his playing days.

The start of the league season brought further discontentment as Rovers fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Oldham Athletic. It wasn't a game for the purist, but local derbies rarely are.

The Latics put their chances away, Tranmere didn't. That's the difference. If only we could magic up a 20 goals a season striker out of nowhere. If only it were that simple.

Talking of strikers, and it seems that Les Parry is looking to bolster the forward line with some imminent signings this week.

A youngster from West Brom by the name of Kayledon Brown looks set to join the club on loan while former Aston Villa front man Adam McGurk has joined on a non-contract basis with the view of making a deal longer term.

To complete a few days of ups and downs, Tranmere triumphed in the Carling Cup to progress through to the second round by beating Walsall 1-0 at the Banks' Stadium.

Evergreen defender Ian Goodison scored the winning goal. Supporters all hope that Goodison can play forever, as he is the lynchpin of the Tranmere backline, and he continues to defy his 37 years of age with superb performances on a regular basis.

Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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