Tranmere 0-0 Lincoln: Brabin again unhappy at refereeing decisions

Gary Brabin was once again left bemoaning the officials as Tranmere were held at home by Lincoln.

Rovers had their fair share of chances at Prenton Park as they struggled to hit the back of the net in a 0-0 stalemate.

But it was a failure to award a penalty for an obvious foul on Gary Taylor-Fletcher that infuriated the boss.

“Apparently it wasn’t clear,” he said.

“‘No chance’ was the reply I got, which baffled me because it was blatant.

“We’ve watched it on the video, and even a couple of their players put their hands on their head.

“So it’s disappointing, but we’ve had some real good chances without it being an over-enthralling game.

“We had some good moments and play in and around the box and on another day they go in.

“It’s nice that we’ve kept another clean sheet. I think we looked solid.”

Rovers had their chances to win the game – most of them falling to Taylor-Fletcher or Norwood.

They were not able to convert though, and Brabin is putting it down to one of those days.

“It probably doesn’t help that we’ve lost Adam Mekki,” he continued

“That’s both our wingers out. We seem to be building one bridge and knocking down another.

“But I thought Liam Ridehalgh and Marlon Jackson created a few chances.

“Jacko’s come on and put in a couple of crosses which on another day we’re getting on the end of.

“I was pleased with some of the stuff we’ve done in and around the box and the chances we’ve created it.

“Unfortunately we just couldn’t get the win.

“They’re no mugs. I’m not exactly sure, but I think they’re one of the form sides in the league at the moment.

“We knew they’d be a tough opposition but I thought we weathered that well.

“It took us 20 minutes to deal with the direct play, but certainly the second half I thought we were on top.”

Brabin, and the rest of the club, are now looking forward to a replay at Sincil Bank in just two days time.

It is an extra fixture in a schedule that was beginning to quietten down.

The important thing is being in the hat – though the manager is not expecting a referee who will give Tranmere the decisions they deserve.

“We’re not going to get carried away,” he added. “We’ve got no chance of that.”

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