Rogers is fum­ing at Tran­mere show­ing

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Richard Gar­nett

TRAN­MERE Rovers as­sis­tant boss Alan Rogers said his play­ers needed to stand up and be counted af­ter a heavy home de­feat by Ox­ford left the club’s Foot­ball League ex­is­tence hang­ing by a thread.

Ox­ford took the lead on 51 min­utes when a cross from Sam Long found Ke­mar Roofe who ex­e­cuted his header in clin­i­cal fash­ion.

A minute later it was 2-0 as Ox­ford sliced their way through the Rovers de­fence with crisp pass be­fore Alexander McDon­ald found Danny Rose who ap­plied the fin­ish.

The vis­i­tors wrapped up the points on 68 min­utes when Danny Hyl­ton picked out Roofe who smashed the ball home prompt­ing the an­gry exit of a large num­ber of home sup­port­ers.

A dis­con­so­late Rogers said: “I’m dumb­found by it.We knew it was a big oc­ca­sion. We huffed and puffed in the first half but never re­ally looked like scor­ing again.

“In the sec­ond half; we couldn’t have had a worse start.We con­cede a goal, but then you’ve got to have a bit of men­tal strength about you and make sure you’re tight for the next ten min­utes and then try and get back in the game.

“But to con­cede a sec­ond af­ter a minute, it’s not ac­cept­able and it’s not good enough.

“The first goal is poor. Just lock on to your man, mark your man.We work all week. The play­ers have got to start tak­ing some re­spon­si­bil­ity. It’s Ok ev­ery­one point­ing fin­gers at the manager, but I was a player. Stand up and be counted.

“De­fend set pieces, de­fend crosses. It’s an easy op­tion point­ing the fin­ger at the manager. Th­ese play­ers have got to look at them­selves.”

Tran­mere sig­nalled pos­i­tive in­tent early on with a shot in the first minute from Max Power fol­lowed by a left-footed free-kick ef­fort from Ge­orge Green, both com­fort­ably saved by Jamie Ash­down.

Af­ter the break Jen­ni­son Myrie-Wil­liams forced an­other save out of Ash­down be­fore Michael Ihiekwe missed a glo­ri­ous chance with a header from the en­su­ing cor­ner. It was to prove costly as The U’s pun­ished Tran­mere’s profli­gacy with three ruth­less strikes.

Ox­ford manager Michael Ap­ple­ton said: “We knew they were go­ing to come out of the traps all guns blaz­ing and it cer­tainly was in the first 20 min­utes.

“The ball was com­ing back into play very quickly. They were tak­ing quick throw-ins, quick free­kicks and they were re­ally mak­ing it a dif­fi­cult job.

“The mes­sage for the sec­ond half was just make sure we de­fend prop­erly, be­cause we knew there would be op­por­tu­ni­ties for us.”



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