Moore: Tranmere players let themselves down
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TRANMERE boss Ronnie Moore admitted his side missed a big opportunity after Jeffrey Monakana’s goal ended their play-off hopes at Preston.
Monakana struck just before half-time to maintain Simon Grayson’s unbeaten home record in charge of Preston and ensured Rovers cannot reach the play-offs despite topping the league for much of the year.
And, while he admitted his players showed vast improvement despite their fifth consecutive 1-0 defeat, Moore believes they have only themselves to blame. He said:“We’ve had a fantastic chance this season and really they’ve let themselves down and they’ve let me down in the last six weeks.
“But I can’t have a go at them. That’s the first time for the last few weeks we looked like Tranmere Rovers and not the Dog and Duck.
“You could see at times out there why we were top of the league for so long and how we’ve lost the game I don’t know. I don’t think they could give much more, we’ve just been naïve with the goal.
“We were ten seconds away from coming in at 0-0 and we’ve given the ball away in a stupid area instead of looking after the ball, being professional and doing the right things.”
Ex-Rovers man John Welsh went close to opening the scoring on seven minutes when he clattered the post with a 25-yard free-kick. The Preston captain went close again on the half-hour with another free-kick but Owain fon Williams did well to claw wide.
At the other end Bailey Wright hit his own post on 38 minutes and Declan Rudd denied Mamady Sidibe moments later when the Malian striker turned Michael O’Halloran’s cross goalwards.
Monakana rifled in his fourth league goal of the season from 12 yards in first-half stoppage time however after Will Hayhurst’s low cross-shot was cleared off the line.
The 19-year-old nearly doubled his tally on 65 minutes but his left-footed shot went just over from 20 yards.
And boss Simon Grayson said:“What we’ve said for the last couple of weeks is we want to finish the season in a positive manner and send the supporters home from Deepdale happy with what they’ve seen.
“They’ve shown a fantastic attitude in wanting to win a game, working hard for the club and the shirt and showed some good quality at times. It’s a positive place to be now we’ve finished the season at home and I’m delighted we got another win and another clean sheet.”