Gary Brabin was reasonably satisfied with a point for Tranmere at Halifax as they ended a two game losing streak.
James Norwood’s first half strike was not enough to seal the full quota for Rovers in a 1-1 draw at the Shay.
And although Brabin was pleased to get something from the game, he felt they should and could have got more.
“I thought it was a good performance,” he said.
“It was pleasing, because we had to go back to basics in terms of defending.
“We’ve got a patched up back four as it is and they we end up losing Liam Ridehalgh, so that’s unfortunate.
“I thought we defended a lot better.
“We restricted them to one shot on goal, which unfortunately was a world class goal, so there’s nothing we can do about that.
“Norwood’s got another goal, Adam Mekki’s hit the post and Tomlinson’s hit the post. Their ‘keeper’s made a couple of good saves too.
“I think we deserved to get the three points.”
The result leaves Rovers eight points off the top five going into the Christmas period.
They have also won just two of their last fourteen games.
And although it is key the club keep in touch with the play-off race, Brabin would not go as far as to say it was two points dropped.
“We’re disappointed we haven’t won the game,” he continued.
“But it was a real good, solid performance, one we deserved to win.
“It’s something we can build on.”
The manager was also full of praise for winger Ben Tomlinson.
His arrival as a second half substitute was met by a number of boos after he swore at a fan last week.
Brabin added: “I thought he was honest enough to come out and admit his wrong in the week.
“That takes a lot of credit. He’s made a big donation to the children’s hospital.
“I thought he was a real threat when he came on too.
“I think he’s someone who hopefully can help us move forward.”