Tranmere 5-1 Barrow: Jackson dedicates win to injured Kirby

Tranmere assistant-manager Mike Jackson dedicated their 5-1 thumping of Barrow to midfielder Jake Kirby.

The 22-year old was carried off with a broken leg in the first half after going down under a tackle with Nick Anderton.

He was sent straight to hospital following the incident, and it was clear to see how serious it was straight away, given the way he reacted to going down.

It means he will not play again this season, but without him, Rovers reached the FA Trophy semi-finals with a brilliant 5-1 victory.

“It’s a great result,” Jackson said.

“But it’s tarnished a bit with what’s happened to Jake. You don’t want to see that happen to any footballer.

“He’s such a good kid. We’re all gutted with that.

“The lads are devastated about it. We spoke about it at half time.

“Sometimes when you see that happen to one of your teammates, it can have a lasting effect.

“The manager spoke about making sure we do it for him now, that we fought for the second half.

“He’s a great professional. Probably one of the best trainers I’ve ever dealt with. It’s a big blow to us. Hopefully we can get him back as soon as we can.”

That was the dark cloud over a brilliant day for Tranmere though.

The victory sees them through to their first semi-final since reaching Wembley in the League Cup in 2000.

And Jackson was delighted with how they played – particularly after going behind in the first half.

“Performances have been good, but they’ve not been finishing the chances off,” he continued.

“Today, they did. There were some great goals – especially Andy Mangan’s free-kick.

“We’ve been saying for a while that these chances are going to start going in. We’ve been having four or five a game.

“You’ve got to keep creating them and as long as you do that, you’ll score.

“I’m made up for Cole Stockton, getting his hat-trick. I think it’ll be great for him.

“Goal scorers need to score goals. They feed of that. I think that’s now five since he came back.

“He’s had a bit of stick in the past and the only way he could respond to it was by doing that.

“He’s taken his goals well. We’re delighted.”


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