Peter Clarke’s own goal on the stroke of half time was all that separated the two teams on a tight affair at the Suit Direct Stadium.
And despite some pressure from the visitors in the second half, Pools were able to hold firm by recording their eighth clean sheet under Graeme Lee.
And here is how Pools were rated in their win against Tranmere.
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1. Nicholas Bilokapic - 7
Calm and composed first half and made a big save early in the second. Few shaky moments with distribution but a solid home debut from the teenager all told. Picture by FRANK REID Photo: Frank Reid
2. Jamie Sterry - 6
Did ok. Was a decent threat in the first half. Exposed once or twice in the second half as Port Vale doubled up before being forced off with injury. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News) Photo: Mark Fletcher
3. Neill Byrne - 6
Key block in the first half to deny Wilson. Booked in the second. (Credit: Mark Fletcher) Photo: Mark Fletcher
4. Gary Liddle - 8
One sloppy pass in the first half not enough to take away from what was an excellent display. Headed and blocked anything that came his way. (Credit: Will Matthews | MI News) Photo: Will Matthews