Dover 0-0 Tranmere: Brabin not too disheartened by point on the road

Gary Brabin was not too frustrated following Tranmere’s draw with Dover, despite another two dropped points in the play-off race.

Rovers could have gained so much more than the point they picked up on the south coast.

But a poor first half display saw them rarely trouble a side who preferred a muscle and brawl style of football.

“It’s nice to get a clean sheet,” the manager said.

“It’s a tough place to come. They’ve got a different style to most, and I thought the longer the game went on, the more we were going to get that winner.

“It wasn’t a bad point away from home.

“I was disappointed with the lack of chances we created in the first half.

“It took us the first half to get to grips with their style of play and they made things difficult for us.

“It didn’t look like anyone was going to score, but we changed it around in the second half and the longer the game went on, I think we got stronger and stronger.”

The result does move Rovers a position up the table as the leapt above Braintree into fourth.

That pleased Brabin, but he was once again furious at the officials.

The standard of refereeing in the National League has been a long-term cause of frustration for everyone at Prenton Park this season, many of whom feel Tranmere’s “big boy” status goes against them.

And the boss felt they had another off day at the Crabble.

“Probably our biggest grievance is I don’t think we had one decision that went out way,” he added.

“It’s disappointing.

“But despite that, we played some good stuff.

“We had a couple of good chances and unfortunately we couldn’t get those three points.”

Meanwhile the manager revealed Michael Higdon was substituted at half-time due to an injury.

The striker played through the pain barrier to start the game.

But Brabin decided to rest him after the break.

“He was struggling in the warm up, he had a bit of a knock,” he continued.

“He’s trained the last couple of days, but he just felt it a little bit.

“It was too late to make any changes so we started him and he was struggling a little bit.

“We made the change and I thought we looked livelier in the second half.

“It wasn’t to be, but the plusses are another clean sheet away from home and a point.”

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