TRANMERE manager Les Parry described his side’s draw at relegation rivals Oldham Athletic as a “fine point”.
Rovers kept their survival hopes alive with battling point in a poor game at Boundary Park with manager Parry saying his side achieved objective number one – to not get beat.
Even though Parry understands the fans’ frustrations as he opted not to make any attacking substitutions late on, the Prenton Park manager says not being cut adrift in League One’s relegation zone was key.
Parry said: “We were disappointed with the second half performance because we had a word with the lads at half-time and said if we continued playing the way we had been then we would go on and win the game.
“But that never happened, we came out second half and started messing round with it at the back and that lifted them a bit and they had the better of the second half.
“It was always the intention not to lose the point we started with.
“I know the crowd were chanting for a substitution but all we could do at that point was lose the game. It is always difficult to change things at that point in the game when your backs are against the wall because the new player is not up to the tempo in the game. The fans wanted Shuks (Chris Shuker) to come on but by doing that we would have upset the balance.
“We would have loved to have won but if we had got beat today then we would have gone seven points adrift and that is a long way.
“Number one today was not to get beaten and I know that sounds a bit negative but that is the way it is I’m afraid.
“You are away from home and against a team who can double their lead over you and the important thing was not to let that happen today.”