MICKY STAYS POSITIVE AS BURTON ARE TOO CLINICAL
Adams is targeting four victories
MICKY Adams is not about to let a hefty defeat to high-flying Burton Albion drag down the mood at Prenton Park as Tranmere continue their bid for survival.
The Brewers raced into a two-goal lead in the space of four minutes through Damien McCrory and Lucas Akins but were pegged back by Kayode Odejayi before half time.
Max Power then missed a secondhalf penalty for Rovers before Abdenasser El Khayati and a late own goal from Adam Dugdale completed the rout, earning Burton a fourth consecutive win.
Adams said: “You can look at 4-1 and say we’ve been battered there but I don’t think that was the case. They were clinical. There were key moments in the game that could have altered the score.
“I felt the ball was out of play on the near touchline before they scored their first and then there was the penalty miss. They’re defining moments and we’ve talked about them all season.
“Is that the difference between top and bottom? When they’ve got their chances they put them away when we need more chances than them to score. But we’ve certainly got to defend better, there’s no doubt about that.
“Today’s not a game that’s going to define our season. We’re playing top of
the table. They’re clear by five points. We had to be at our best today to beat them and we weren’t. We’ve got punished because of some slack defending.
“We probably need four wins out of the eight remaining fixtures and that’s probably better than anything we’ve produced this season, so it’s going to be tough.”
On their first ever trip to Prenton Park, Burton took the lead on 18 minutes when McCrory received the ball from Stuart Beavon and smashed home left-footed inside the box, following powerful play from Akins.
Four minutes later the league leaders went two up, when Akins blasted home from close range after Fon Williams had saved his initial effort. But Odejayi pulled Rovers back into the match ten minutes before half time with an outstanding 25-yard half volley.
The hosts – who have only kept three clean sheets at home all season – re-emerged in the second half a more positive team and were awarded a penalty in the 57th minute when Phillip Edwards hauled down Odejayi in the box. But Max Power’s right- footed spot kick was superbly saved by Jon McLaughlin – the goalkeeper’s second penalty save in successive matches.
Rovers pushed for an equaliser but the Brewers restored a two-goal cushion with 20 minutes to play when Akins found El Khayati in the penalty area before the Dutchman hooked the ball into the net in front of the joyous away supporters.
Burton’s victory was complete when the luckless Adam Dugdale diverted a cross into his own net in the closing stages.
Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said: “We started a little bit too arrogant, thinking that we have to do more than we have to do – taking an extra touch, an extra pass – while we didn’t have to do that.
“Then they come more in the game and they score a worldie. Then you are on the back foot because you didn’t do what you used to do five or ten minutes ago.
“But the longer it went that they didn’t score a second, I always felt that we had a chance to score a third goal.
“We are a little bit lucky that Jon McLaughlin is in good form and saved the penalty.You need those moments in your year. That was the moment for us. We knew that it was going to be difficult.
“We took our chances really well and we looked sometimes when we were on the break really dangerous.”
CONCENTRATION: Max Power sends his penalty on its way, but Jon Mclaughlin saved
OPENER: Damien McCrory celebrates with teammates after giving Burton the lead
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