Tranmere secured a vital three points to move out of the League Two relegation places with an impressive 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Forest Green Rovers at Prenton Park.

The home side took the lead in the eighth minute when Tyrese Omotoye appeared to deflect the ball into his own net from a corner after Jordan Turnbull’s initial header looked to be going wide.

Tranmere had further chances with Rob Apter and Brad Walker going close before half-time, while Forest Green’s best opportunity fell to Omotoye whose looping header was clawed away by Luke McGee.

The hosts eventually doubled their lead just two minutes after the break when Kristian Dennis calmly slotted the ball home from the edge of the area.

The visitors’ cause was made all the more difficult when Dom Bernard was sent off after receiving his second yellow card for a deliberate handball.

Making the most of their numerical advantage, Tranmere did not let up with Luke Norris twice going close before Apter made the game safe with 20 minutes remaining.

The result sees David Horseman's side slip into the League Two relegation zone with just 13 points from their 16 matches.

They do have a game in hand on third-bottom Tranmere and the rest of the bottom half but they remain firmly in trouble.