RONNIE MOORE felt Tranmere Rovers did more than enough to earn a point from last night’s clash at Coventry City.
The League One leaders fell to a 1-0 defeat but delivered a rousing second-half display and finished the game well on top.
However, they were unable to find an equaliser and the loss at the Ricoh Arena was their first in League One combat since before Christmas.
Rovers boss Moore, who ditched his favoured 4-4-2 formation and played with three forwards, said: “I don’t think there’s any doubt we should have got a point. I think we were poor in the first half. I thought Coventry bossed it. We tried to change it and go with a bit of pace up front and three lads who can catch pigeons really, but we never got going.”
Rovers sparked into life for the final 25 minutes and had the chances to draw level, notably from a frantic goal-mouth scramble and also late on when Zoumana Bakayogo was denied at close range by Coventry keeper Joe Murphy.
Moore said: “Somebody’s got to be a bit more ruthless. A free header from four yards should be in the back of the net.”
The loss ended Tranmere’s four-match winning streak in the league. Moore said he decided to tinker with his usual 4-4-2 formation because he does not want his team to become too predictable.
“We need to be able to be adaptable,” he said. “We can’t be 4-4-2 all the time. It will take a week or two to get it right for us.
“But we showed a little bit in the last 20 or 25 minutes what we’re all about. It was always going to be a tight game. I think we deserved something but in football you don’t always get what you deserve.
“They were hanging on at the death and I thought there was only one team going to win it.”