Tranmere 1-0 Southport: Brabin praises Rovers after sixth win in seven

Gary Brabin reckons the scoreline did not do Tranmere’s performance justice as they beat Southport 1-0.

Rovers missed a number of early chances in the kind of game that they might well have lost a few months ago.

But such is their form and perseverance at the moment, the hosts pushed on and eventually got the goal they deserved.

“I thought at times, some of the passing and the play was excellent to watch,” Brabin said.

“We’re looking pretty solid when we’re out of possession, so we’ll probably settle for that one goal.

“We’ve had enough good chances to be a bit more comfortable.

“It wasn’t to be and I thought it was nice to get another clean sheet, home win and three points.

“Lois Maynard’s had a couple of good chances, Michael Ihiekwe’s had a header.

“Jeff Hughes is probably disappointed, he’s had good chances too.

“You’re never quite comfortable at 1-0, and now it’s easy to say it, but I think it was a comfortable win.”

The victory moves Tranmere up one place to fourth, and they now lie comfortably in a play-off position.

Eastleigh slipping up at Lincoln has helped their cause, whilst many teams around them have games in hand.

But Brabin is keen not to get ahead of himself and look at the table.

“We’re not focusing too much on the other teams,” he continued.

“We need to concentrate on ourselves. We know what our aims are and we’re happy with where we are at the moment.

“We realise we’ve got a lot of work to do and there’s going to be a lot of ups and downs between now and the end of the season.”

Meanwhile the Rovers boss shook off the less than friendly reception he got from the Southport fans.

They spent most of the opening ten minutes barracking Brabin, who has twice been in charge at Haig Avenue.

But he took it all in good humour.

“I think they were a bit harsh about the size of my neck,” he joked.

“As you can see, I don’t think I’ve really got one!

“I think it’s all in a bit of fun though. You’ve got to have skin like a rhino in this industry.

“So I don’t listen too much. I had a good rapport with the Southport fans when I was there and I think it was meant in a little bit of jest.”

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