TRANMERE Rovers boss Ronnie Moore defended his players after they were booed off the field at the end of last night’s 0-0 draw with Walsall.
Some fans at Prenton Park chose to air their frustration at the final whistle, much to the surprise of Moore.
The Rovers manager was also disappointed with the reaction to his decision to substitute Cole Stockton for Paul Black just after the hour.
Rovers remain top of the League One table after no side in the top seven managed to win last night.
Moore said: “Everyone put in a big effort yet they got booed off. I suppose the supporters pay their money and are entitled, but I was surprised by the crowd reaction when you consider we’re two points clear at the top of the league.
“We took Cole off because with him and Cassidy, it wasn’t happening. I do know what I’m doing but some people in the crowd didn’t seem to think so.
“I found it astounding. You can’t continue playing they way we’ve been playing when you’re losing players to injuries. Other teams with bigger budgets than ours are finding the same thing.”
Moore admitted his side ‘huffed and puffed’ against the mid-table Saddlers.
He added: “You can never be satisfied with a point at home. There was no spark. It was like we were waiting for things to happen. Could an individual do it, could Robbo do it?
“We were lucky the chances they had were created by us making mistakes and wrong decisions, and fortunately they missed them.”
Skipper James Wallace missed last night’s game because he picked up a bug, but is expected to be fit for Saturday’s trip to Stevenage. Liam Palmer suffered a knock last night but played on. On-loan striker Nathan Eccleston was listed as a substitute but he is still suffering with a hamstring problem and was not fit enough to come on.