Tranmere 1-2 Eastleigh: Brabin slams ref for Maynard dismissal

Gary Brabin slammed referee Ryan Johnson for sending Lois Maynard off as Tranmere slipped to a first defeat in ten.

It was a disappointing afternoon for Rovers, who will feel they should have won after missing a first half penalty.

Indeed, the boss felt they dominated proceedings and would have been good value for the win.

But instead he was left bemoaning the officials for a number of decisions.

“I know him, he’s a good referee,” he said.

“I don’t think it was one of his better games; I’m very disappointed with some of the decisions that went against us.

“I think it’s harsh booking Lois as early as he did for slipping.

“Everyone on the pitch could see he slipped.

“Everyone’s admitted he slipped. To book him on that was harsh.

“The second one; it’s just his momentum. He’s rolled a few challenges.

“He’s decided to give him a second yellow which is very harsh.

“But we don’t want any favours of anyone.

“We are going to have bad decisions given against us and we’ve got to be better than that.

“And I thought despite what we felt was going against us, the lads rolled their sleeves up.

“I was absolutely delighted with their attitude, certainly the way we finished with nine men.”

It was an afternoon where luck certainly went against Rovers.

They lost a player to injury after making their three substitutes, whilst there were two slips at crucial times that led to game changing moments.

Brabin though was thrilled with how his players responded and even felt they deserved the three points.

“I think we’ve done enough to have certainly won one game,” he continued.

“At half-time at 0-0 we are frustrated because we’ve had a penalty appeal turned down and been given a penalty which we’ve not taken.

“We’ve also had a one v one and one cleared off the line.

“I thought we played some real good football; we dominated possession and the game.

“I think coming in at 0-0 galvanises the opposition and a sloppy, sloppy start to the second half puts us under pressure.

“We’re then a goal down and we’re chasing it.

“Another mistake and we’re 2-0 down and if things don’t get any worse, after making our three substitutions, Andy Mangan comes off after a sending off.

“I think the easiest thing would have been to put our heads down and feel sorry for ourselves.

“But we didn’t. I think it was a real spirited comeback from the lads, but unfortunately not enough.”

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