Dover 0-0 Tranmere: Brabin backs Rovers for play-offs

Gary Brabin insists Tranmere still control their own destiny as they look to cement a National League play-off place.

They enter the final stretch of the campaign sitting in fourth in the table with eight fixtures remaining.

But such is the standard of pitches up and down the country, a catalogue of postponements mean chasing pair Braintree and Dover still have three games in hand.

The latter held Rovers to a 0-0 draw on Saturday, a result that helped neither team.

But Brabin is keen to focus solely on his own side’s fortunes as they look to extend their season for only the second time in 20 years.

“It’s not a bad point gained,” he said.

“It’s a tough place to come and we got a clean sheet and a point. So that’s certainly a positive.

“We can only control what’s in front of us.

“We’ve still got a lot of games and there’ll be a lot of ups and downs between now and the end of the season.

“We just need to keep on picking up points. Despite the result, I’ve always felt it’s in our hands.

“We just need to concentrate on ourselves, win football games and see where it takes us.”

One thing that stands in Tranmere’s favour over the remaining weeks of the campaign is their sturdy defence.

The clean sheet kept at The Crabble was an impressive fourteenth shutout of the season.

And the boss paid tribute to his goalkeeper Scott Davies for such a strong record.

““He’s a top ‘keeper,” he continued. “Dover were a threat on those set plays and he was in the right place at the right time.

“We don’t think there’s a better goalkeeper in the league.

“We’re delighted with him and the whole squad of players we’ve got.”

Another man who has impressed of late is Michael Ihiekwe.

The defender has come on leaps and bounds alongside Steve McNulty in the heart of the defence.

But Brabin still wants more from him.

“I think everyone knows what I think of Michael,” he added.

“He still has those moments which leave my heart in my mouth.

“He had that today, but I still feel like he’s got all the attributes to be a real good defender.

“I feel like I’m digging him out when they’re games in which we’ve kept a clean sheet!

“So those are the standards we’ve set.”

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