Tranmere 1-2 Eastleigh: Norwood disbelief at crazy 10 minutes

James Norwood was in disbelief at the period after half-time which saw Tranmere throw away their unbeaten run.

He admits he has never known a game like it, as Rovers conceded two goals in quick succession, either side of having Lois Maynard sent off.

It was probably the dismissal that killed off the hosts’ chances of winning.

But Norwood reckons despite their battling spirit, the hosts only had themselves to blame for defeat.

“Everything that could have happened in a football match, happened,” he said.

“We slipped up and let ourselves out of the game, but showed great character to come back into it and it was unfortunate we didn’t get an equaliser.

“I think the missed chances in the first half were why we lost.

“Myself and Andy Mangan missed good chances, but we started slowly in the second half.

“We’re causing it ourselves, the problems are self-made, and we have to come back in games.

“I think it was about 15 minutes, not even 45 – I’ve never played in a game like that.

“It’s annoying at the end of the day.”

Rovers had their chances for an equaliser and showed great fight with nine men.

And Norwood’s revealed a little secret as to why they kept going for so long, despite having their backs to the wall.

“The clock wasn’t working,” he joked.

“I think that played in our favour. We didn’t know how long was left!

“We just kept doing it, kept getting forward and getting chances.

“It just wouldn’t go in the net today though. We could have played for a month of Sunday’s and it wouldn’t have gone in.

“We’re all upset, we’re angry.

“It just didn’t go the way it should have gone.

“We were on top for almost all of the game, apart from a silly ten minutes.”

Manager Gary Brabin meanwhile was left ruing injuries that could cost Rovers dearly.

Andy Mangan, Adam Dawson and Liam Hogan are all doubts for tomorrow’s clash with Barrow.

And the boss admits things are looking fairly grim.

“We’ve got a few struggling, and Lois Maynard’s obviously suspended,” he said.

“We’re going to have to regroup and see how we are.

“But we’ve got Marcus Holness who’s itching to play.

“He’s been frustrated at not being involved for the last few games.

“It’s an opportunity for others to grasp.

“We’ve got a good squad of players.”


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