Tranmere 0-0 Bournemouth

Tranmere and Bournemouth contested a goalless draw as defences were on top.

Jose Baxter had chances in the first half, missing the target twice and then seeing his cross deflected onto the crossbar by Cherries' Stephane Zubar.

Visiting goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan saved at the second attempt from the hard-working Lucas Akins.

Tranmere almost won the game with two minutes remaining as Ash Taylor headed the ball goalwards only for Stephen Purches to head off the line.

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Tranmere manager Les Parry told BBC Radio Merseyside:

Tranmere players must talk - Parry

"To be fair, whatever the stats says a draw was a fair result.

"We put some quality crosses into the box and we didn't get on the end of them and we need to be attacking the ball.

"The one person who was attacking the ball was our centre-half Ash Taylor. That's not right, our strikers have to be attacking the ball better."

Bournemouth boss Lee Bradbury told BBC Radio Dorset:

Bradbury satisfied with point

"It's a good point - a hard place to come to, a big physical side who like to get crosses in the box and make you defend and I thought we did that great today.

"We played some good football, we kept the ball well possession wise and we showed a lot of confidence on the ball.

"(on Harry Arter) He's a really good signing for us, he's going to be a big player for the club - he's maturing week-in week-out and one of our most consistent players this season."

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