ELLAND Road old boy Ian Moore condemned his former Leeds United team-mates to an eighth away defeat in ten games.

Moore’s 49th minute strike at Prenton Park earned Tranmere Rovers a 2-1 victory to leave the Whites seventh in Coca-Cola League One.

United boss Gary McAllister promised a “response” from his faltering team in the wake of the embarrassing FA Cup exit at the hands of part-timers Histon the previous weekend.

And, despite being without top scorer Jermaine Beckford and the highly rated Fabian Delph, the visitors started strongly and took the lead after ten minutes.

Enoch Showunmi, recalled up front, produced a sublime finish after receiving the ball with his back to goal.

However, it took a mere seven minutes for the home side to get back on level terms as captain Anthony Kay headed in a cross from Andy Taylor.

United had their chances to go ahead before half-time, with Luciano Becchio being denied by ’keeper Danny Coyne and Robert Snodgrass firing wide.

The decisive strike came within four minutes of the restart as Moore’s long-range effort eluded United ’keeper David Lucas.

Alan Sheehan brought a fine save out of Coyne and Becchio was off target with a header as United chased the game in vain.

Tranmere: Coyne, Johnson, Chorley, Goodison, Taylor, Moore, Jennings, Kay, Wilson (Edds 82), Sonko (Shuker 86), Savage.

Subs (not used): Achterberg, Antwi, Gornell.

Leeds United: Lucas, Richardson, Telfer, Marques, Sheehan, Snodgrass, Douglas, Prutton, Howson (Kilkenny 71), Becchio, Showunmi.

Subs (not used): Ankergren, Michalik, Parker, Hughes.

Referee: Rob Shoebridge (Derbyshire).

Attendance: 8,700.