Rob Edwards is vowing to turn Tranmere’s season around after they sunk to within one point of bottom place in the Football League.
Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Bury was a sixth game without a win, whilst Luton in the final play-off place now have twice Rovers’ total of nine points.
Promotion was of course the pre-season aim, but that is looking less and less likely.
Yet Edwards thought his side deserved more than they got after losing at Gigg Lane.
“I can ask no more of them today,” he said.
“The only thing I was critical of was our cutting edge – we didn’t work their goalkeeper enough.
“Like the last four or five games, we had as good a chances as the opposition, and we’ve somehow lost again.
“I enjoyed the way we played for an hour, but then the game went away from us once we conceded.
“All I can do is say to the players ‘keep going’. We’ll turn it around, they’ll turn it around.”
Defensive frailties from set-pieces were once against Tranmere’s downfall.
Indeed, each of the last three goals they have conceded has been from a corner.
But it is not just defending dead balls which seems to be a problem, and Edwards accepts Rovers simply must be more threatening in the opposition box.
“We’ve practiced for five days in the week on our corners,” he continued.
“We’re suffering. We’re getting punished at set pieces and we don’t look like scoring on ours, but it’s not from a lack of working on it.
“There is a difference between the teams at the top of the league and the ones near the bottom. It’s that they’re clinical at both ends.
“At the moment, we’re doing okay in the mid third, but at both ends we’re struggling. That really is costing us.
“Set pieces can hurt you at any level. I was aware when I came in that we weren’t the biggest of sides, and we’re still not.
“It’s hurting at the moment because we’ve had enough of the play against a good Bury side.”
Meanwhile Edwards confirmed that Matthias Fanimo has returned to West Ham after a one-month loan spell.
The striker arrived at Prenton Park with great promise and with the billing as the world’s fastest footballer.
He only made one appearance, that as a substitute at Carlisle last week.
“We weren’t going to use him, it didn’t really work,” Edwards added.