MON­KEY’S OFF US – McMA­HON

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Robert Do­man To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

CARE­TAKER John McMa­hon was in awe of Tran­mere’s re­sponse as loa­nee Ju­nior Brown climbed off the bench to score what could be a price­less first goal for the club af­ter a tu­mul­tuous week.

Brown, on loan from Fleet­wood, struck late on to give Rovers the edge over fel­low base­ment bat­tlers Shrews­bury just days af­ter the much pub­li­cised de­par­ture of man­ager Ron­nie Moore.

Paul Parry had thrown the Shrews a life­line when he equalised for Michael Jack­son’s men af­ter Max Power’s deft header had put Rovers in front with both teams fight­ing for their League One lives.

But it was Tran­mere who edged them­selves clear of trou­ble when Brown scored the win­ner from the edge of the box at the death, se­cur­ing much-needed back-to-back wins.

“Win­ning was ev­ery­thing,” said McMa­hon. “We were a bit ner­vous but the three points were all that mat­tered.

“The play­ers have re­sponded re­ally well to what we said we needed to do at the start of the week and I have noth­ing but ad­mi­ra­tion for them.

“We have got back to back wins and it is a good time of the sea­son to get that mon­key off our back but now we have to try and make it three on the spin.

“The only mo­ti­va­tion we have is to stay in this di­vi­sion and keep fight­ing for the club. Sur­vival is a mas­sive re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Loud Tran­mere penalty ap­peals were turned down when Ryan Lowe’s fourth-minute shot ap­peared to hit the arm of Shrews­bury skip­per Tamika Mkan­dawire.

But Power sent home a loop­ing header from Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro’s deep cross home to put the hosts in front 19 min­utes in.

Shrews­bury’s Luke Sum­mer­field al­most scored the un­like­li­est of equalis­ers when he struck an au­da­cious free-kick from the half­way line, drift­ing wide of the post by inches with Owain fon Wil­liams look­ing beaten.

Lowe at­tempted to bend a shot around Shrews keeper Chris Weale only for the ball to drop the wrong side of the post early in the sec­ond half.

Weale then clawed Ash Tay­lor’s header out from un­der his bar with Jake Cas­sidy un­able to nod the re­bound goal­wards.

And Shrews­bury snatched a 73rd-minute equaliser when Parry also used his head af­ter run­ning onto the ball in the six-yard box to find the roof of the net.

But Brown popped up late in the game to se­cure a vi­tal win for Rovers when he steered home from the edge of the box late in the game.

And Shrews­bury boss Jack­son said:“We worked hard to get back into the game but to give away a gift like we did was crim­i­nal. It is dis­ap­point­ing but it is a ques­tion of men­tal­ity.

“Men­tal­ity is some­thing you build over time but time is what we don’t have. The late goal has knocked the stuff­ing out of us a bit but we have got to bounce back.

“I fan­cied us to go on and win it af­ter we equalised. We go to Crewe now for an­other bat­tle.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

STAR MAN IAN GOODI

SON Tranme

re FULL STRETCH: Jake Cas­sidy reaches for the ball for Tran­mere. In­set: Max Power cel­e­brates open­ing the scor­ing for Tran­mere

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