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Injury time penalty denies Tranmere Rovers a point in seven-goal thriller
A DETERMINED fightback ended in defeat for Rovers as an injury time penalty denied them a point in a rollercoaster match against Brentford.
Cole Stockton’s late equaliser looked to have earned Tranmere a share of the points after strikes from Chris Atkinson and Adam Dugdale had hauled them back from 2-0 down - both goals conceded in the first 12 minutes of play.
However, Dugdale was adjudged to have handled in the box after the clock has passed 90, and Adam Forshaw’s spot kick meant the points went to Brentford.
Manager Ronnie Moore said his side must defend better.
In his post-match interview, the manager said: "We're disappointed.
"You can't defend the way we've defended today.
"We have a couple of clean sheets and you think everything is rosy, and then we're two down in 12 minutes.
"We're 2-0 down, get ourselves back in the game and then I thought there was only one team going to win it.
"We've gone forward and played some good stuff and out of nothing we've allowed the ball to be crossed in and allowed Donaldson to get in between the centre half and right back.
"Then we gave everything and got a goal back and then...I don't know if it was a penalty or not, it looked so harsh to me, the lad is straight on top of him.
"But you can't blame the referee, if you can't defend you don't win games. The decisions we've made today as a back four have been poor.
"The back four has to be right and if it's not, you're in trouble.
"It doesn't matter what shape you play, if you can't defend, you won't win games.
"Both full backs aren't on top of their game at the moment. Do you bring a right back in, do you bring a left back in, do you bring a centre midfield player who's going to hold?
"There's not a million pounds there to go and do it, and what is left we have to use very wisely."
Moore was able to select Andy Robinson for the first time in a fortnight but the midfielder picked up a knock after coming on as a substitute.
The manager made one change to the side that drew with Stevenage last week, with Owain Fon Williams replacing Jason Mooney in goal, following his return from international duty.
The result leaves Rovers in 17th poisition in the League One table.