Tranmere 2-1 Torquay: Brabin praises goalscorer as Rovers move into top 5

Gary Brabin reckons Tranmere were good value for their win over Torquay as they moved back into the National League’s play-off spots.

Rovers picked up the three points thanks to goals a 2-1 victory that lifts them above Woking, Dover and Macclesfield into fifth place.

And Brabin was pleased with how his side stuck to their task to make it three wins on the spin.

“The first half was a good performance from the lads,” he said.

“It was a great goal from Gary and I thought we looked comfortable.

“I said at half-time that my biggest fear was we would switch off because we were so comfortable.

“We started the second half a bit better, though probably not the same tempo, but we were still in control.

“We got the second goal and we want to relax and get our shape.

“It didn’t last too long but it was a thoroughly deserved three points.”

Gary Taylor-Fletcher and James Norwood got the Rovers goals, and they were each special in their own way.

The former beautifully clipped a delicate shot into the top corner from 25-yards to hand Tranmere the lead.

And the Norwood doubled the advantage with a low, angled volley late on.

“They were two great goals,” Brabin continued.

“Gary’s back training with us and we need to get him up to speed but at his own pace.

“We probably tried to get him too quick too soon last time.

“He’s come in today and give us that little bit of craft and guile.

“I said to him before the game ‘you owe us a goal’ and what a goal it was. It was well worth waiting for.
“We were actually disappointed with Norwood because his runs weren’t what he’s normally capable of doing.

“But he’s got the goal which we’re delighted with. It’s a great finish.

“He’ll be the first to admit he should have had more goals than what he’s scored this season.

“But we’re delighted he’s scored again and it’s nice to have two strikers scoring goals.”

Meanwhile the manager confirmed Matt Hill and Jeff Hughes both missed the game injured.

He hopes though to have them available to face Southport next Saturday.

“We were hopeful Hill might have made today,” he added.

“He’s felt a little bit tight on his calf.

“Jeff will hopefully be back next week. He’s got a little bit of a tight hamstring.”

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