TRANMERE boss Ronnie Moore admitted Rovers weren’t at their best against non-league Braintree but he’ll take it with their place in the FA Cup second round now secured.
Teenage striker Cole Stockton was involved in all three of Tranmere’s goals as they comfortably brushed aside their Conference opponents on their second trip to Essex.
Ten days ago the scheduled fixture was abandoned due to heavy rain, however the pitch held this time, and Joe Thompson bundled home Tranmere’s first in the 24th minute.
That came after Iron keeper Danny Naisbitt could only parry a Stockton volley skywards while the 18-year-old fired home a second seven minutes after the break.
He then set up Max Power to make it 3-0 in the dying moments and, while adamant they can do better, Moore is looking forward to Tranmere’s second round clash at home to League Two Chesterfield.
“It was a tough old game; there is no doubt about that. I don’t think we played to our best and I think they did. I think 3-0 flattered us a little bit,” said Moore. “But you have got to come and grind out results and that is what we have done. We are better than that with the ball; it was a fantastic game for us in terms of grit but not for our passing.
“We took our chances, they had a couple of balls floating about in our box and luckily for us they didn’t get on the end of them and when we got forward we were clinical in our finishing.
“It is another clean sheet but you can’t always be brilliant, you have to grind out results, we had a little bit of luck, but we ground out a great result.
“We want to go as far as we can, we want a good cup run; there is no doubt about that. But we have got another tough match in Chesterfield.”