Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore declared himself satisfied after his players held promotion rivals Sheffield United to a 0-0 draw.

In a match dominated by defences, clear-cut opportunities were at a premium although both sides had chances to snatch a win.

"We've got to be pleased with that," Moore said. "I've got nothing but praise for the lads because they did everything we asked of them out there. How can you not be happy when you come to somewhere like this and come away with something? And, to be honest, as the match went on I thought we looked the more likely to win."

Moore paid opposite number Danny Wilson a handsome tribute ahead of kick-off and claimed that if his team finish above the hosts in the table then they will "definitely be going up".

Nevertheless, despite making a flying start to the new campaign, Rovers' season is approaching a crossroads with several on-loan players already informed they will be returning to their parent clubs during next month's transfer window.

"We've got quite a few players out, the spine of the team in fact, so to do well here was very encouraging," Moore added. "I thought it was like a game of chess out there to start with. But we stuck to the plan and got something out of the game which we wanted."

United, missing influential midfielder Kevin McDonald due to injury, found themselves under the cosh during the early exchanges but still forced the two first chances of note with Nick Blackman blazing over following an exchange of passes with Ryan Flynn and Tony McMahon forcing an excellent save from Owain Fon Williams.

Jake Cassidy and Andy Robinson went close for Rovers after the break while Blackman shot wide from an acute angle.

United manager Wilson said: "We knew how hard Tranmere were going to be. You've only got to look at the table to see that. They are where they are on merit and we are too. In a sense, it was a bit frustrating because we went into that match wanting all three points.

"Defensively, though, I thought we were superb and so that was very pleasing. We just needed a little bit more magic up front, perhaps a little bit more patience at times. But we've got some young lads up there and so that's to be expected."