Micky Adams slammed his Tranmere players for being “afraid of winning” after their 0-0 draw at Morecambe.
He was disappointed with the lack of chances they created against a Morecambe side who struggled to show their promotion credentials.
The result leaves Rovers in the League Two relegation zone, but does close the gap between themselves and Dagenham to just two points.
But Adams felt the three points were there for the taking.
“I don’t think either side did enough to have won the game,” he said.
“I was pleased at half-time; against the wind I though we played some decent stuff and got some decent balls into the box without really testing their goalkeeper.
“And I felt in the second half we could, with the win, push on and win the game, but unfortunately we didn’t.
“I think it’s an opportunity missed for us.
“It seemed to me that we were afraid to win the game.
“We didn’t want to lose it.
“We didn’t really test the goalkeeper second half. We got into some decent positions, we got some decent balls into the box and nobody attacked them.
“So that was a problem for us too. I’m disappointed.”
One thing that did please Adams was his side’s resilience in defence.
They kept quiet the potentially lethal partnership of Kevin Ellison and Jack Redshaw who were, with one exception, restricted to shooting from distance.
Rovers even coped with the forced withdrawal of Marcus Holness, who was stretchered off with a knee injury after half an hour.
He will be looked at before they decide whether to search for a replacement after fellow defender Janoi Donacien was recalled from his loan spell by Aston Villa.
“Marcus twisted his knee and obviously he’s in a bit of pain at this moment in time,” the boss continued.
“It’s a bit early to say what he’s done, but certainly it doesn’t look good, so that adds to the defensive woes that we’ve got.
“Having said that, we changed to a flat back four, stuck another forward on in Rory Donnelly for his debut and I thought he showed some nice touches as well.
“Redshaw and Ellison are a real handful. So to come away with a clean sheet, defensively we’ve about got it right today.
“But that didn’t really concern me.
“What concerned me today was our forward play – not enough willingness to take responsibility in the final third, a little bit negative from all our forwards.
“So that’s an area we’ve got to improve on.”