A fuming Gary Brabin could not hide his anger at Tranmere after they lost to Welling.
The Rovers manager was fuming at his side for failing to live up to the occasion as the club remembered legendary boss Johnny King.
Brabin though would not use the emotion of the day as an excuse for his side’s clear failings as they were beaten 2-1.
“It’s not nice not winning games,” he said, “but it would have been nice to get three points for such a fitting day.
“He’s part of the club’s history and it’s been a sad week.
“It would have been a small consolation to have a good performance and a good win.
“We all go home disappointed but we’re still in the mix.
“We need to be positive and give ourselves the best chance.”
The biggest shock for the manager though was just how poor his team played.
Tranmere had only been beaten once since early January before today – and that loss came to highflying Cheltenham.
But in a game where three points was expected, they slipped up in frustrating fashion.
“I thought one to eleven we were poor,” he continued.
“We were in a good position, I still feel we are, but that was a good opportunity for us.
“We were sloppy, we were way off the standards we’ve set ourselves.
“The first 20 to 25 minutes, they looked almost frightened of us and I don’t think we took advantage of that.
“We’ve took the lead and then they’ve got back in the game with a ludicrous equaliser.
“We huffed and puffed and still had a couple of chances but we were nowhere near it.”
Brabin is pleading with the fans not to give up on their promotion dream just yet though.
Braintree losing at Macclesfield means Rovers remain in the top five.
The Essex club have played two games fewer, meaning a play-off position is out of Tranmere’s hands.
But the manager believes the race is far from over.
“I’m sensing the atmosphere around the ground, I think one or two have given up on us,” he added.
“But that’s certainly not the case. We’re still in the play-offs.
“I’m sure our competitors will also drop points in games they don’t expect to.
“There’s still a lot to play for. I ask for everyone to be positive between now and the end of the season.”