Aug 26 2013 Main WIR
Defenders are playing like strangers, says Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore
MANAGER Ronnie Moore admits Tranmere’s defenders are playing like strangers as they leak goals with alarming regularity through the opening weeks of the League One campaign.
A 5-0 hammering by Peterborough United at Prenton Park left Rovers with a goals against column showing 13 in four games and sent Moore into a renewed search to find a centre back in the loan market.
“The back four were like four strangers out there,” Moore said after a heated inquest in the home dressing room.
“It was a day when we could not make excuses. We were awful defensively, shambolic at times.
“Individuals at the back are making mistakes and when we make those mistakes, we are getting done.
“It’s hard to say we blame the back four as a unit because it is the individuals playing in the back four who are causing the problems.”
Moore believes the first step in finding a remedy is to recruit a left-sided centre back in the loan market. Neither Ash Taylor nor summer signing Stehpen Foster have been comfortable playing on the left of the partnership.
Tranmere missed out on signing a defender on Friday and Moore and his staff will be scouting under-21 games this week in the hope of finding a suitable candidate.
Meanwhile Ian Goodison, who replaced Foster at half-time on Saturday, can expect to keep his place in the side for the Capital One Cup second round tie against Bolton at Prenton Park tomorrow. The 40-year-old Jamaican has spent much of his career playing on the left side of a central defensive partnership.
Moore said: “Sometimes it takes a little while for a back four to blend but they don’t look like they are going to blend at this present time. We need a left-sided centre back, it’s as simple as that.
“I don’t really want to play the Bolton tie now because I would rather be out looking to get someone in. We have names of players to look at and we will see whether their clubs will let them come out, which is the big thing.”
A shakeup of the side for the visit of Championship club Bolton is unlikely because Tranmere’s slim, injury hit squad does not give them too many options.
Andrai Jones, the right back signed on loan from Barnsley 10 days ago, is facing a three match suspension for his 37th minute dismissal against Peterborough, although Danny Holmes will be available again.
Moore felt Jones’ dismissal, for a trip from behind on Peterborough striker Tyrone Barnett, may have been harsh and wants to examine a recording of the incident before deciding whether to lodge an appeal.
“A lot of things were said after the game,” Moore said. “It’s all right for them to have a go at each other in the dressing room and it’s the first time I have heard it in a while.”