Grimsby 1-1 Tranmere: Brabin wants more wins

Gary Brabin’s urging his Tranmere players to start turning draws into wins after their 1-1 stalemate at Grimsby.

Nathan Blissett’s second half strike, his first goal for the club pulled Rovers from behind as they extended their unbeaten run to five.

The flip side of that is it is only one win in seven, but Brabin is happy with how things went at Blundell Park.

“I thought we started the game well and were unfortunate to go a goal down,” he said.

“We controlled it for 65 minutes, and for 25 minutes Grimsby have stepped it up.

“We’ve taken our foot off the gas and weathered the storm and in the end it was probably a fair result.

“I thought we passed the ball really well and played some good football.”

The Rovers boss was pleased with the attacking flair his side showed as they forced James McKeown into some solid saves.

And he thinks it is those fine margins which are holding his team back at the moment

“My initial thought was the save the ‘keeper made in the first half [from Marlon Jackson] was absolutely outstanding.

“So at the minute, people are pulling off saves like that against us.

“But I still feel like we’re in a good position.

“We’re neck and neck with Grimsby who are going to be one of the favourites for the league this season.

“They’re three points better off than they were last season and they got to the play-off final.

“So I still think we’re in a good, healthy position but we do realise where we need to improve things.”

It took only eight minutes for Grimsby to take the lead through Jon-Paul Pittman.

Brabin was frustrated with the manner of the defending as a statue-like Tranmere defence allowed him to stab home a rebound.

But he was equally unhappy at the referee for allowing the strike to stand.

“You can see on the television, our ‘keeper Scott Davies can’t do anything.

“He can’t move because his jersey’s getting ripped off him and it’s disappointing that nothing’s been done on that.

“These are the things that are out of our control, we can’t do anything about it and we need to react to protect our ‘keeper and we haven’t.

“We thought there were a few challenges going in as well.

“Hogan’s gone off concussed and Adam Mekki’s received a nasty challenge on the half-way line. That was disappointing.”


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