Tranmere 1-1 Forest Green: Brabin content despite two points dropped

Gary Brabin remains upbeat about Tranmere’s play-off hopes, despite a third draw in a row.

Rovers were held to a 1-1 stalemate by Forest Green in a game that could easily have seen the visitors have three men sent off.

Keanu Marsh-Brown and Dale Bennett both avoided red cards for blatant elbow, whilst Darren Carter received his marching orders.

And despite failing to make their man advantage count, Brabin was impressed by side as they extended their unbeaten run to four games.

“We’re delighted with the performance,” he said.

“We’ve created a lot of chances today and limited them to the one where they scored and they’ve had a header late on.

“Other than that, they’ve not got near our goal.

“If we can keep performing like that, we’re confident going forward.

“I thought it was a terrible goal to give away. But we bounced back from that.

“Everything else was really good and positive. We’re still in the mix.

“We just couldn’t break them down. They’re a big strong side and they’re up there for a reason.

“It’s pleasing that we can perform like that against a side that are up there in this league. We need to be doing that more consistently.”

The manager meanwhile enjoyed the battle between Jon Parkin and Steve McNulty.

The two captains are former teammates from their time at Fleetwood.

And they produced a fascinating battle, particularly in the air, as they put their bodies and egos on the line.

“It was like WWE”, Brabin joked, “but they’re too good players.

“A lot gets made of their appearances.

“They respect each other. There were some good challenges going in.

“I thought the fans were fantastic as well, right the way through the game.

“There was a real good atmosphere and it was an entertaining game.”

Meanwhile Brabin paid tribute to Jake Kirby, who was on the end of one of those stray elbows.

He required heavy treatment to his head that needed bandaging up.

The boss thinks it says a lot about his character that he continued.

“He’s a tough little cookie,” he added.

“He showed the other side of his game. He’s taken a crack on the head and is probably going to need a few stitches.

“But he didn’t want to come off. He wanted to stay on.”

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