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Moore's Rovers plumb new depths

Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore branded his side's display as "gutless" following their 4-1 defeat at Carlisle.

Carlisle teenager Tom Lawrence, on loan from Manchester United, struck in each half and his sublime efforts were added to by David Amoo and James Berrett before Ryan Lowe grabbed a late consolation header for Tranmere.

Moore said: "Despite conceding after about 30 seconds it was wide open at half-time and could have gone any way.

"But we were gutless in the second half - as bad as I've seen since I was manager.

"We were mentally and physically weak. When I put them out I expect them to roll their sleeves up and fight.

"We've lost 4-1 to Carlisle who are in a similar position to us. That's nine goals conceded in two games and there's not a great deal you can do.

"It is soul destroying for me, the players, the supporters and the club. I expect a bit of heart and desire and we didn't have that, which is disappointing to me.

"As a group of lads there's not enough passion and pride in the Tranmere shirt.

"It was a wide open game and we needed a goal to come in at half-time, but we self destructed."

Lawrence, making his first league start, stunned Tranmere with a brilliant first-minute strike from 25 yards and his second half solo goal was even better - a mazy dribble before firing left-footed across keeper Owain Fon Williams low into the bottom corner.

Lawrence impressed with his powerful shooting in the first half when Carlisle won a free-kick all of 35 yards out. Fon Williams was glad to parry a bullet of a shot, which came through a crowd of players.

Amoo made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute, lashing home Berrett's corner on the volley from eight yards out - the former Tranmere forward's eighth goal of the season.

Lawrence produced a goal of the season candidate in the 67th minute before Amoo's dash down the left flank set up Carlisle's fourth, a fierce drive from just inside the area by Berrett.

Carlisle took their foot off the gas late on and Lowe pulled a goal back for Rovers in the 81st minute with a far-post header.