TRANMERE produced the kind of performance in the 1-1 draw at Stevenage that can make them serious contenders for automatic promotion, manager Ronnie Moore said.
Rovers were denied a seventh away win of the League One campaign by a stoppage time equaliser by Greg Tansey but the point was enough to keep them three points clear in top spot.
“Overall it was an excellent performance and I cannot knock the lads,” Moore said.
“If we get back to playing that type of football there’s not many teams in this division will live with us. I’ve got nothing but praise for my lads. They were brilliant. When you consider Stevenage are a big strong side, we hardly gave them a kick. We footballed them to death. We need to be at this level. If we want to stay in the top two we have to play like we did in this game.”
Moore and his players made the long journey home from Hertfordshire disappointed about losing two points to another goal conceded late in the game and regretful of the failure to make more of their dominance than a 78th minute goal from Jake Cassidy.
Moore said: “We were not ruthless enough in and around the penalty area. The ball into the box wasn’t as good as it could have been. That’s the only thing we were missing.
“I don’t think there was anything we could do about the goal we conceded. I think he (Tansey) spawned it. I don’t think he knew where it was going and it ended up in the back of our net. We were gutted because it has happened – letting teams back into games late-on – once or twice too often.”
Moore saluted Cassidy’s 11th strike of the season – “I would have been proud of a header like that” – and the work of the goal’s creator, Adam McGurk. The Irishman was in impressive form after being subjected to ironic cheers when he was substituted during the 0-0 draw with Walsall last week.
“It was a great cross and a great header,” Moore said.
“Adam is a good player and it’s unfortunate he has not produced his best at home. He has got to stick with it. The supporters were terrific today and I’m disappointed we did not get three points for them because we deserved the win.”
Moore said he was happy with the debut performance of Michael O’Halloran, the 21-year-old striker signed on a months loan from Bolton last week. “He chased and harried and caused problems,” Moore said.