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

JOHN McMa­hon de­scribed Tran­mere’s rel­e­ga­tion as his low­est mo­ment in foot­ball af­ter ten-man Rovers suc­cumbed to two late goals as Brad­ford ham­mered the fi­nal nails in their cof­fin.

Jon Stead and Aaron McLean both scored in the last nine min­utes to leave McMa­hon chal­leng­ing the Tran­mere board to im­ple­ment foun­da­tions at the club he says have proved ul­ti­mately re­spon­si­ble for their down­fall.

Matthew Pen­ning­ton had put Rovers ahead but the game changed when Ju­nior Brown was sent off al­low­ing City to break the hearts of Tran­mere fans as they re­signed them­selves to English foot­ball’s fourth tier.

“It is dev­as­tat­ing,” care­taker man­ager McMa­hon said. “This is my low­est mo­ment in foot­ball. It re­ally hurts.

“We got the goal we needed and un­til the send­ing off I thought we were in con­trol.

“But it isn’t just about this game it has been since the start of the sea­son.

“As a foot­ball club we now need to re­view the struc­ture of how we do things from top to bot­tom.

“The board need to put that in place be­cause with­out those foun­da­tions we can’t grow and that has been the prob­lem for a num­ber of sea­sons now.”

Ever­ton loa­nee Pen­ning­ton watched his sev­enth minute shot go through the hands of Brad­ford goal­keeper Jon McLaugh­lin be­fore drop­ping into the net as Tran­mere got ex­actly the start they wanted.

Ja­son Mooney’s one-handed re­flex stop in the Rovers goal de­nied McLean at point-blank range im­me­di­ately af­ter while Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro drilled a strike wide for Tran­mere.

Tem­pers boiled over when the two benches clashed af­ter Rovers striker Ryan Lowe ap­peared to be pushed in­side the Brad­ford tech­ni­cal area.

And things erupted fur­ther when Brown re­ceived a straight red card for a 31st-minute chal­lenge on Nathan Doyle.

Stead fired over for Brad­ford eight min­utes into the sec­ond­half but he did level mat­ters to break Tran­mere hearts with a shot which de­flected be­yond Mooney from on 81 min­utes be­fore McLean sealed mat­ters three min­utes from time af­ter Akpa Akpro wasted a chance to win it for Rovers.

Brad­ford fin­ished the sea­son in 11th place and boss Phil Parkin­son said: “We are happy to fin­ish in the top half of the ta­ble in our first sea­son back at this level. It is a tremen­dous achieve­ment for ev­ery­one in­volved with the club.

“My com­mis­er­a­tions go to Tran­mere be­cause it is a ter­rific foot­ball club. For us, we have to look to progress again next sea­son.

“It will be a chal­leng­ing sum­mer to get a squad in place that will en­able us to do that. We want to keep our best play­ers and sit down with those who are out of con­tract and I am con­fi­dent we will im­prove the


PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

FIGHT­ING THE TEARS: Max Power looks de­jected as Tran­mere are rel­e­gated

MARCH­ING OR­DERS: Ju­nior Brown is sent off


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