Aldershot 0-0 Tranmere: Brabin not setting points target

Gary Brabin is refusing to outline a points target for Tranmere in their promotion push.

A 0-0 draw at Aldershot on Saturday consolidated their place in the top five – with breathing space between them and the chasing pack.

80 points has been enough to secure a play-off position over the last ten seasons, meaning Rovers need to collect a further 26 from their remaining 13 games.

“Everyone has a rough idea of what you need to get into the play-offs,” said Brabin.

“But, we just want to focus on each game.

“With Michael Higdon coming in, it gives us a different dimension, so we need to find out how this will compliment the rest of the players.

“He’s a real good addition to us and the quality we’ve got in the squad, we need to be picking up points to certainly cement a play-off place.

“Hopefully between now and then, if we can achieve that, we will be stronger and stronger with each game and see where that takes us.”

National League games don’t come much tougher than next weekend’s visit of Cheltenham, though.

And Rovers will be without suspended captain Steven Jennings, who sits out the final game of a two-match ban.

The midfielder was conspicuous in his absence at the Recreational Ground on Saturday, and Brabin admits it hindered them.

“It was frustrating to lose him,” he continued.

“Those three have done a lot for the team. Jennings, Jay Harris and Lois Maynard really compliment each other.

“We changed it slightly. Jeff Hughes is comfortable in there.

“But I just thought we took a little bit of the expectation away from Lois in terms of his physical presence and getting up to help the striker.

“We still gave him that license to get forward, but I think we took a bit of the responsibility away from him in terms of winning headers.”

Tranmere had their chances to win, chiefly with Maynard himself, Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Hughes missing in the second half.

And the manager concluded his team could have got the win.

“Speaking to all the lads, I think they’re a little bit disappointed,” he added.

“Everyone, to a man, feels they could have done a little bit better.

“But it’s not a bad thing when you’re drawing away from home and keeping a clean sheet.

“We need to learn from this, be sharper and take it into the next game.”

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