A FURIOUS Ronnie Moore blasted his team’s ‘schoolboy defending’ after Tranmere Rovers fell to a 3-0 defeat at MK Dons on Monday.
The Rovers boss, tasting defeat for only the second time since he took over as manager last month, felt that the promotion-chasing Dons had been gifted their easiest win of the season.
Two of the hosts’ goals came from penalties, while Tranmere’s teenage striker Jake Cassidy saw a first-half spot-kick saved.
Moore said: “I’m bitterly disappointed, there’s no doubt about that. I’ve said my bit in the dressing room.
“You can’t defend like that. Some of the defending at times was so schoolboy it was untrue.
“They’ve not had to work to win the game. They won’t get an easier game than that.”
Moore, who is hoping to agree a contract to remain as manager next season once his current short-term deal expires at the end of the campaign, guided Rovers past the 50-point mark with last Friday’s 3-0 victory over Stevenage. It means Tranmere are virtually guaranteed to stay up – but Moore is not taking League One safety for granted after Monday’s result.
He said: “I’m so disappointed it’s untrue. If you play like that for the rest of the season, you won’t win a game. Will 51 points be enough? You just never know. It’s so tight. I know they can’t all win but we’re looking over our shoulder.”
The majority of Moore’s squad are out of contract in the summer and, despite some fine displays in recent weeks, the manager was left with plenty to ponder after this defeat.
He said: “I’ve just told them, it makes it easy for me. If they’re not happy and don’t want to be here, come and knock on my door and I’ll show them the way out. It’s as simple as that.”