Wrexham 2-2 Tranmere: Brabin disappointed with deep defending

Gary Brabin criticised his Tranmere players for inviting the pressure onto them as they surrendered a 2-1 lead against Wrexham.

Rovers led after Andy Mangan’s second half strike, but the hosts grabbed a deserved point late on.

And Brabin thought they could have done more to see the game out.

“Before the game, we’d probably have been happy with a point,” he said.

“On 65-70 minutes, we wanted the win and were in front.

“We felt like we needed a third and we had a couple of opportunities to possibly put the game to bed.

“We didn’t do that and I just felt we invited a bit of pressure on ourselves in the last twenty minutes.

“They threw everything at us in the end and unfortunately we couldn’t hold on.

“When we scored the second, I thought we looked comfortable.

“Again, it’s just that little bit of quality in the final third at 2-1.

“We’re probably a little bit wasteful in possession.

“But overall it’s probably a fair result.”

Rovers made two second half substitutes to try and see the game, with Steven Jennings and James Norwood coming on.

Brabin admits his players looked jaded after a busy schedule, and says that was the reason for changing things up.

“I thought we looked tired,” he continued.

“Martin Riley hasn’t played much football of late and I don’t know whether it was a combination of that but we looked a little but tired.

“We sat a little bit deep, they made a few substitutes, threw the big man upfront and it caused us a few problems.

“I’m just a little bit disappointed. That’s the first time we’ve looked tired as a team.

“I don’t think that’s every individual.

“We’ve had a few little knocks at the back and as a back four we worked hard getting up the pitch.

“It was almost like we’d lost legs at the end.”

Brabin though was full of praise for Andy Mangan though, who was once again on the scoresheet.

The striker took his tally for the season to seven games, and has now netted in four successive matches.

Brabin thinks he’s becoming a real talisman for the team.

“It was a great finish,” he added.

“He’s in a rich vein of form at the moment and that’s what we want.

“He’s working his socks off, which I think is key.

“If Andy Mangan’s working as hard as he has done the last few games, he’ll get his rewards.”

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