Max has the power to see off Dag­gers

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By James Roberts

MICKY Adams says see­ing his side pro­duce a fully-fo­cused de­fen­sive dis­play was more pleas­ing than watch­ing Max Power’s won­der strike find the top cor­ner at Vic­to­ria Road.

It was Tran­mere’s first clean sheet in the league since their 1-0 win at home to Bris­tol early in Novem­ber and Adams be­lieves the im­proved con­cen­tra­tion lev­els could be vi­tal.

Da­gen­ham started brightly but strug­gled to break down a stub­born Tran­mere back­line.

That would prove to be the story of the match and Rovers were given their re­ward for a gritty dis­play when Power’s 74th minute ef­fort from the edge of the box found the top cor­ner.

“One de­cent move puts Max Power in and he hits a screamer. But he is ca­pa­ble, he’s a top player at this level,” said Adams.

“Max should have that con­fi­dence as well. He’s got the at­tributes that you need to achieve things to win the game.

“I’m more pleased with the clean sheet, you al­ways have to be on your toes when you’re play­ing against the type of strik­ers that Da­gen­ham have, they are a hand­ful.

“But de­fen­sively we were solid, our keeper has had no saves to make so that shows how good a per­for­mance it has re­ally been.

“I’m de­lighted with the back five be­cause while we have been com­pet­i­tive in games, a lit­tle lack of con­cen­tra­tion has cost us from time to time, but out there they were fully fo­cused.”

After a strong open­ing from the hosts Rovers found their rhythm and probed on the counter – Steven Jen­nings see­ing his vol­ley blocked be­fore Danny Holmes tested Mark Cousins with a left­footed ef­fort.

Rovers thought they had taken the lead on 54 min­utes when Shamir Fenelon tapped the ball into the net – only to be ruled off­side. Tran­mere were look­ing dan­ger­ous on the break and they forced Cousins into ac­tion again when Kay­ode Ode­jayi’s header was beaten away.

But the stop­per couldn’t do any­thing to pre­vent Power’s ef­fort break­ing the dead­lock. Jamie Cure­ton had the chance to level shortly after but his strike from inside the area went straight at keeper Owain Fon Wil­liams and Da­gen­ham first team coach Dar­ren Cur­rie ad­mit­ted he was frus­trated by his side’s dis­play.

“It is frus­trat­ing, we have looked a real goal threat in the last two games and then here we didn’t move the ball with any ur­gency or make the pitch big when we had the ball,” he said.

“It is cer­tainly a missed op­por­tu­nity for us be­cause we haven’t im­posed our­selves on the game.”

STAR MAN BILLY BINGHA

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