Sep 16 2013 by Nick Hilton, Main WIR
MANAGER Ronnie Moore will be chasing players in the loan market this week as he searches for a solution to the defensive problems dominating Tranmere’s shaky start to the season.
Moore blamed errors and poor decision making for the goals that cost Rovers a 4-3 home defeat to Brentford. They have conceded 17 times in the first seven games of the League One campaign – 12 of them in two defeats and two draws at Prenton Park.
“This needs to be sorted,” Moore said.
“The back four has got to do better. The opposition did not have to work for their goals. They were down to rank bad decisions by our defenders.”
Moore says he is looking at the option of recruiting a holding midfield player to provide extra protection for the back four and/or a full-back.
He said: “The two full-backs are not on top of their games at the moment. We do need a holding midfield player and we were trying to sign one last week. We are looking and hopefully we will get something sorted out.”
Tranmere have little money to work with.
They already have centre-back Adam Dugdale on a month’s loan from Crewe Alexandra, although right-back Andrai Jones has been allowed to return to Barnsley after playing three games.
“Jones is going back,” Moore said. “He is an attacking full-back and we need someone who is going to stop the opposition, first and foremost.”
To make matters worse, Tranmere are facing another delay on getting skipper James Wallace back into action. The midfielder is to see a specialist this week about a swelling behind the knee.
Any hopes that Tranmere’s defensive wounds were beginning to heal after clean sheets in the previous two League One games were crushed by two Brentford goals in the first 14 minutes.
Rovers fought back to 2-2, fell behind again when Clayton Donaldson headed his second goals on 71 minutes and looked to have rescued a point when substitute Cole Stockton equalised in the 90th minute.
But Brentford were awarded an injury time penalty for handball by Dugdale and Adam Forshaw crashed the spot kick into the roof of the net to secure the points for the Londoners.
Moore said: “You can’t give the opposition a two-goal start. Give the lads credit for rolling up their sleeves up and getting back into the game. To lose in the end to a 93rd minute penalty was a sickener.
“We went forward and played some good stuff at times and when we got back to 2-2, I thought we were the only side who are going to go on and win it. Then we allowed the ball to be crossed in from the right, allowed Clayton Donaldson to get between the centre back on the right back and put a cushioned header into the far corner.
“We were playing against a top side and getting back to 3-3 looked like it was going to be a good result for us.
“The penalty seemed harsh. If we’d won the ball from the throw the first time, we would not have been a problem. I do not agree with some of the decisions the referee made but we can’t blame him if we can’t defend properly.”