Rob rues Rovers’ fail­ure to fin­ish job

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Thomas Han­nah

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

ON Hartlep

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