Barrow 3-4 Tranmere: Brabin “never thought it was over” for comeback kings

Gary Brabin hailed the character and mental strength of his Tranmere players after their remarkable comeback against Barrow.

Rovers looked dead and buried at 3-1 down as the game entered injury time, but somehow mustered a win.

It lifts the club to within four points of the play-offs, and Brabin was proud of his boys.

“It was an amazing finish,” he said.

“It was the same old story, we just couldn’t get that second goal.

“We’ve started the second half bright and then we’ve had a period where they’ve counter attacked and we’ve been punished.

“But we showed real character.

“We certainly haven’t given up.

“We felt like we were causing them enough problems, we just needed to penetrate the goal a bit more, and I felt we did that.”

Most thought Rovers had surrendered another chance at the three points when Andy Cook tapped home Barrow’s third.

But Brabin insisted he was not one of the doubters.

“I never thought it was over,” he claimed.

“At 3-1 I’m disappointed, but I know we’ve got more in us.

“One or two have given up on us but I’m delighted we rose to the occasion.”

The manager also had a bit of a shot at some of the supporters who do not believe in the club’s promotion dream.

Plenty of fans left after Barrow’s third, whilst some vented their fury at the boss.

But he continued: “We certainly won’t be giving up.

“We sense there’s one or two who have given up on us.

“It’s a tough league. It’s another three points away from home.

“We feel like we have enough hurdles to overcome every game without the one or two who are making life a little bit harder for us who are supposed to be on our side.

“But a lot of the fans are brilliant and when you score that fourth, those ones that have been singing, you’re right up there and you want to be in the crowd.”

Meanwhile the manager revealed James Norwood missed the game due to a stomach concern.

The forward was due to start the game but was taken to hospital before kick-off.

“He’s having a problem with his stomach which is not an injury,” Brabin added.

“He was concerned and we’ve had to take him to A & E.

“He’s having blood tests.”

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