Lincoln 1-0 Tranmere: Brabin questions Rovers’ mentality

Gary Brabin questioned Tranmere’s mentality as they slipped to a third straight defeat against Lincoln.

Rovers were beaten 1-0 at Sincil Bank and it was their age-old problem of finding the back of the net that cost them dearly.

They have now failed to score in the last four games, despite having plenty of chances – a hat-trick of them falling to midfielder Jay Harris.

Brabin knows it is that ruthless streak once again that has let his side down.

“I’m probably in danger of saying the same things, which I don’t want to do,” he said.

“We’ve had a real good two weeks, so there’s no excuse for not playing a game.

“We’ve worked really hard and prepared really well.

“First half, attacking wise we’ve played some real good stuff.

“But if we switch off for a second, we seem to be getting punished and that was the case.

“Even at 1-0 down, I thought we’d get back in it.

“In the first five minutes of the second half, we’ve had three great chances.

“But the longer the game dragged with the wind pushing us back and the weather, we stopped playing the way we want to play.

“It’s turned into another frustrating afternoon.

“The only thing missing at the moment is that winning mentality.”

Rovers have now gone over seven hours without a goal, depite all the attacking prowess they possess.

Andy Mangan and Gary Taylor-Fletcher are seasoned strikers, whilst James Norwood too has shown he can find the back of the net this season.

And although they have not all been fit and available in recent weeks, this was a chance to show what they could do.

But things did not come off for any of them at Sincil Bank, leaving Brabin puzzled as to why.

“We have got to be ruthless,” he continued.

“You look at the firepower we’ve got now and it’s a real good squad of players.

“I’m confident going into games that we’re good enough to be winning and being a real strong side.

“It’s disappointing that I don’t feel we’ve got started results wise.

“We’ve got some good strikers at the club. We’re creating chances.

“What we don’t want is a witchhunt against the strikers.

“At the moment we seem to be getting punished for the mistakes at one end and not capitalizing at the other.”

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