Moore: Tran­mere play­ers let them­selves down

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The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Colin Hen­rys

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.”

JEF­FREY MON­AKANA

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