Sep 9 2013 by Nick Hilton, Main WIR
RONNIE MOORE insisted it was bad luck rather than faults in the performance that prevented Tranmere from claiming a first home win of the League One campaign at the expense of Stevenage.
Rovers had to settle for a point from a goalless draw at Prenton Park after both Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Evan Horwood struck the woodwork and the visitors spent most of the afternoon on the defensive.
“We did not get the breaks on the day,” Moore said. “We had enough of them to have won it and the two efforts that hit the post were fantastic strikes.
“I can’t criticise the players for that performance. The effort and commitment were there and we moved the ball quite well.
“I was pleased with the way we played and disappointed we did not get all three points.”
Moore said he was encouraged by the contributions of goalkeeper Jason Mooney, deputising for number one Owain Fon Williams, who is on international duty with Wales, and by centre-back Adam Dugdale, who played the first game of his loan from Crewe Alexandra.
Mooney marked his second senior appearance with a repeat of the clean sheet he kept in the first, a goalless draw against Bournemouth last April.
Moore said: “Jason did not have a save to make but what he did do, he did well. That’s two games he’s played and not conceded. We know that if Fonners gets injured we have a keeper who can be a presence.
“Adam came in and did what I wanted him to. He’s a centre-half and he went and headed it.”
Dugdale was selected ahead of Ash Taylor, who joined the action after an hour when Ian Goodison felt a twinge in his hamstring.
Moore said: “I was disappointed by the reaction of some fans when Ash Taylor came on. Ian Goodison had a hamstring and had to go off. I don’t know how Ian Goodison gets hamstring strains because they are for sprinters. But he keeps complaining about them.”
Saturday’s attendance was little over 4000, a disappointing figure, although Moore said he was pleased with Tranmere’s support.
He said: “The crowd were good and got behind us. They could see there was a lot of commitment in the performance and they were patient when we were trying to break Stevenage down. We looked a lot more solid.
“We just need a little break or a little spark when we got goal side of them. The pull backs were not in the right areas.”