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Tranmere Rovers boss Ronnie Moore: 'It was a scrappy game'

by Mark Langshaw. Published Mon 04 Mar 2013 14:40

Tranmere Rovers manager Ronnie Moore has conceded that his side were below par during last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Yeovil.

The Whites boss described the Huish Park clash as a "horrible, scrappy game" and admitted that Ed Upson's deciding free kick was a "sloppy" goal to concede.

"It was a scrappy, horrible game with not many chances. I think we've had the easiest chance of the game through young Cole [Stockton]," Moore told the club's website.

"It was such a sloppy goal to concede. We've lined the wall up with two men, it's gone straight through and not given the keeper a chance. It's a shame to lose the game on a goal like that."

Moore went on to praise his side's defence, singling out veteran Ian Goodison for plaudits, but lamented the absence of his team's "fighting spirit".

He added: "I thought Goody was immense today. The two centre halves were fantastic for us. But we looked a bit spineless at times. I thought we lost the game without the fighting spirit we've had all season. That disappointed me.

"We've got to get that fighting spirit back and we've got all week to work on it. We've got another tough game coming up against Oldham and we've got to get some life into them.

"They looked a little bit jaded and like they were waiting for somebody to light the blue touch paper but nobody did it. Sometimes you've got to learn to scrap out a 0-0 and this was the day to do it.

"We've still got a shout, there's five at home and five away and 30 points to play for."

Moore is hoping to have loan striker Mamady Sidibe, who was withdrawn again Yeovil due to a tight hamstring, fit for selection against Oldham this weekend. Midfielder Andy Robinson is out for three weeks with a hamstring injury.


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