Tranmere 0-1 Cheltenham: Brabin bemoans officials and thinks Rovers deserved more

Most of Tranmere’s eight home defeats this season have followed a similar pattern.

They have created numerous chances but failed to take them and paid the price at full-time.

Gary Brabin felt their 1-0 defeat to Cheltenham was another one of those occasions.

“I don’t think anyone can deny that we deserved at least a point,” he said.

“We’ve said this many times – we’ve lost games when we’ve been the better side and deserved things from it.

“We had good chances – certainly two good headers from Michael Higdon and Lois Maynard, and we’ve put them straight at the ‘keeper; it’s frustrating.

Brabin’s main frustration though was reserved for the referee and his two assistants.

The Rovers boss was disappointed at their “game management”, particularly in the latter stages.

“We hoped for a strong official and we didn’t feel we got that,” he continued.

“It’s those little things that don’t help.

“That spills into what happened at the end and we’ve got another booking [for Jay Harris] which should have been nipped in the bud at the start of the game.

“It’s hard enough when you’re playing top of the league, but when you’re not getting those decisions, it makes it more difficult.

“It’s disappointing and I think everyone could see what was happening.

“But that aside, we’ve conceded a silly goal and not punished enough at the other end.”

The yellow card for Harris his tenth of the season, and means he will miss Tranmere’s next two games.

The midfielder will sit out fixtures against Chester and Gateshead, just as captain Steven Jennings returns from his own suspension.

And Brabin admits his absence will be another big blow to the Rovers midfield.

“It’s frustrating”, he added.

“It’s a silly booking which should have been managed better, but we move on.

“If we look at the season as a whole though, there’s not too many teams that have carved us open for 90 minutes.

“I think it’s been a lot of it down to individual errors and we’ve not been as ruthless at the other end as we would have liked.

“But that aside, we’re still on track for where we wanted to be.

“We’ve got to dust ourselves down now and get on with the rest of the season.”

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