Adams is upset by wasteful Power
MICKY Adams’ Tranmere stretched their unbeaten run to five games, but it still didn’t stop the manager from blasting spot-kick villain Max Power.
Jennison MyrieWilliams put Rovers in front with a header from an improbable angle before Alex Nicholls fired in the equaliser.
Rory Donnelly then put the visitors back in front on 50 minutes with his third goal in three games.
Power had a chance to seal the outcome but tried a cheeky dink from the penalty spot and was left red-faced as Christy Pym caught the ball.
But Rovers held on to make it 18 points from the last nine games.
And while Adams insists his team are looking up the table after climbing to 17th, he told Power to learn lessons from his penalty calamity.
He said:“I didn’t want to come here and let the players think a draw would be a good result for us. I wanted to come here and be positive.
“I was a bit disappointed with our ball retention in the first half but we got to grips with their shape in the second half and could have won the game more comfortably.
“Max is a lucky boy. I don’t think that is the right place at the right time to be doing that. We are scrapping for our lives at the bottom and he has done that once too often now.”
Lee Molyneux wasted a chance to fire a third- minute opener when he scuffed a rebound wide after Pym saved from Kayode Odejayi.
Tranmere forced the breakthrough against the run of play after MyrieWilliams headed Molyneux’s cross through Pym’s legs from an angle.
Nicholls levelled with a free-kick that curled around the wall.
But Donnelly punished some slack defending when he took Odejayi’s pass and planted the ball past Pym.
Power was almost made to pay for his penalty howler when Liam Sercombe rattled the crossbar with a volley and Tom Nichols’ stoppage time header was headed off the line by Liam Ridehalgh.
Exeter boss Paul Tisdale believes his side were unfortunate to have suffered their third straight home defeat.
He said:“It was a really good performance but the wrong result.
“I am not worried about the way we are playing, but I am worried about us not getting results and the gap between us and the playoffs widening because we want to be in those playoffs.
“There are things we could have done better and things we can improve on, but as a whole – and with four players out that would probably have started – I thought the team played quite well.”
STAR MAN LEE MOLYN