Southport 1-1 Tranmere: Brabin disappointed with “shaky” defence

Gary Brabin admits his Tranmere team fell short of expectations as they drew with Southport on Saturday.

Rovers’ 100% record in that National League came to an end due to the 1-1 stalemate, but they stay top of the table by a point.

Brabin though felt they could have got all three, if it was not for a few defensive efforts.

“I think it was probably a fair result,” he said.

“We’ve gone a goal ahead, worked hard for it and had good chances.

“It was one of those games where we could easily have stole the three points with the chances we’ve had.

“To concede the goal we conceded was really disappointing.

“I said at the end of the game, we can’t be too despondent because we’ve had a good start.

“But we had a ten or fifteen minute period where we looked very shaky. We made bad decisions, clearing and slicing the ball.

“They maintained a little bit of pressure on us which was probably their best period, but we allowed them to do that.

“They’ve then scored. Was it a cross? I don’t know. But that little bit of fortune’s gone against us.”

Despite that equaliser on the hour, Tranmere pushed hard in final quarter of the match and could have stolen the points.

Brabin insists winning would have been harsh on Southport, given how they performed throughout.

But he was pleased with his team’s attitude as they kept going until the final whistle.

“I thought we probably played more like ourselves in the last twenty minutes,” he added.

“We’ve had some point blank efforts at goal which the ‘keeper’s done well to get in front of.

“Southport have made it tough for us today, but there’s still been some good moments of play and we still had chances.

“But that’s what we’re going to be up against. Teams are going to play to their best.

“We knew it was going to be their best game of the season today and we were proved right.

“We still had enough chances but it wasn’t to be. The positives are that we’ve picked up a point away from home and we’re still unbeaten.”

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