Moore puts brakes on expectations

Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore was keen to adopt a sense of realism after his table-topping side made it three wins in a row with a comfortable 5-2 victory at Crawley.

Rovers still boast an unbeaten record after eight league games and the experienced Moore is keen not to get carried away at such an early stage of the season.

"The depth of the squad could be a problem. We've got a squad of 18 players with four loanees and I'm mindful that things can start to be more difficult once yellow cards begin to set in," he said. "But we're showing a lot of passion, the attitude is very good and we have got pace in the side. It's nice to be top and we're trying to play the right way and do the right things.''

Two goals from striker Jake Cassidy helped Rovers to maximum points in a topsy-turvy clash at the Broadfield Stadium.

Rovers had to come from behind after goals from Josh Simpson and Kyle McFadzean put Crawley ahead following Danny Holmes' second-minute strike for the visitors.

Cassidy, on loan from Wolves, levelled just before the break and Rovers eased to victory with Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, Cassidy and Andy Robinson all on target in the second half.

Rovers were rattled as Crawley stormed back after conceding early to lead 2-1 and Moore added: "The match was a manager's nightmare, to be honest. Defensively we were all over the shop at times and on another day it could have ended up 9-5."

Crawley boss Richie Barker admitted that the "negatives far outweighed the positives'' as his side plunged to their second successive home defeat.

Barker reacted angrily to the manner of the performance and said: "I won't accept it and to be honest the players shouldn't accept it.

"If ever they needed a rude awakening then this is it. One or two of them have to pull their fingers out or it will be a long season. I'll do whatever is necessary to improve this.''