Rob rues Rovers’ failure to finish job
TWO away games in a week and, for Rob Edwards, it’s a case of what might have been.
The Tranmere boss saw his side throw away the chance of victory at Accrington last weekend, before failing to turn their superiority into three points this time around.
Rovers had the majority of possession and all the chances at Victoria Park, but returned home with just a point after failing to breach the Pools rearguard.
While centre-half Scott Harrison and goalkeeper Scott Flinders stood out, Rovers were left frustrated and Edwards said:“We are delighted with a clean sheet.
“But looking back to last week at Accrington and now this we could have had six points, instead we come away with one.
“The clean sheet is welcome and the thing to be pleased with. The players knew the importance of that.We still played our football and created chances, but we said at half-time that we had to keep the shape and be together.
“First-half signs were that it might be another not-so-lucky day.We need to be more of a team and we were second half.’’
Tranmere’s first chance – and they had nine threats to Pools’ one – came on 12 minutes.
Right-back Jordan Richards left a pass to Flinders short and Cole Stockton nipped in. Flinders was off his line in an instant to spread his body and keep the finish out from close range.
Stockton then sent a header at the keeper from close range after an attractive cross by Abdulai Bell-Baggie.
Matt Hill’s free-kick from 25 yards beat the defensive wall and was tipped over by Flinders, before Stockton pulled a shot wide from the edge of the area.
The second half saw Rovers create their best opening. Baggie’s cutback from the right was met by Marc Laird, but he screwed his diving header well wide.
Pools’ only chance of any note came on 59 minutes. Jack Compton created an opening out wide, beat his man and crossed low. Jonathan Franks met it, but his backheel flick lacked pace. With eight minutes to go, Stockton broke through and fed George Donnelly, who was denied by a saving Neil Austin tackle.
For Pools it’s four points from six in a week at Victoria Park and boss Colin Cooper said:“I’m satisfied that we backed last week up with something. Four points and two clean sheets, it’s good.
“I said it looked like a bit of a toil at times and, speaking honestly, they admitted it was – and perhaps for both teams.
“Tranmere wanted a clean sheet and got it, so from their point of view it’s a good thing.”
STAR MAN SCOTT HARRIS