MANAGER Ronnie Moore admitted: “we are throwing points away” after Portsmouth escaped with a 2-2 draw which left Tranmere with just three points to show from their last five League One games at Prenton Park.
Rovers twice surrendered the lead to a Pompey side beaten in seven of their previous eight outings and Moore blamed defensive errors for the goals by Gabor Gyepes (49 minutes) and Jake Jervis (76 minutes) that cost his team dear.
Moore said: “We were poor defensively. We are throwing points away and now we have two difficult away games to come.
“We have taken three draws from our last five home games and if we keep on doing what we’re doing, it’s not going to improve. This one felt like a defeat.
“We don’t look like we can keep a clean sheet and that’s the worry for me at the moment. We are able to defend when we are away but when we are at home, for some reason we look naive. Look at the goals we conceded. They were awful. We are not making the opposition work for them.
“We can’t say we failed to win because we did not have James Wallace, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro or Abdulai Bell-Baggie playing. It was nothing to do with that.
“We were 2-1 up and then we were naive and allowed a man (Jervis) to get goal side of us and score. It was criminal.”
Centre back Ash Taylor put Tranmere ahead on 29 minutes when he headed in an Adam McGurk cross and Gyepes equalised against the run of play four minutes after the restart. Michael O’Halloran put Rovers back in front on 75 minutes with the first goal of his loan spell from Bolton Wanderers but within seconds, Portsmouth broke to score through Jervis, a striker who had spent a month on loan with Tranmere immediately prior to starting a spell with Pompey.
Moore said: “We needed a second goal in the first half and then we gave them a lifeline just after half-time, which set us back a bit.
“We got 2-1 up and we should have seen the next five minutes out and then got back on top of the game. We gifted them, put the equaliser on a platter, straight after scoring.”
In spite of a result which left Tranmere with three points to show from the last 12 at stake, they held on to top spot on goal difference from Doncaster, who were held by Swindon.
“It is wide open,” Moore said. “And it’s a case of what could have been for us.”