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Tranmere Rovers boss praises team spirit following defeat at Crewe
10:42am Monday 19th August 2013 in Sport
ROVERS boss Ronnie Moore was unhappy with the result at Crewe – but says was pleased with the spirit shown by his players after going down to ten men.
Danny Holmes was shown the red card after half-an-hour of the Sky Bet League One game and the manager felt it was a key moment in the match.
He said: "I'm proud of them, I thought the ten men gave everything and I can't ask for more.
"One idiot let the whole team down.
“We were so unlucky because we were just about to bring him off. That's the sickening thing for me.”
Rovers hit the bar early in the game and had good chances to score through Akpa Akpro moments before the sending off and second goal, but both were saved by Alan Martin.
Crewe scored their first goal soon after the red card and doubled their lead late before Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro netted his first of the season.
Moore made one change to the team that drew against Crawley a week earlier as Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro replaced the injured Akpo Sodje.
Ian Goodison also missed out through injury with his place on the substitutes' bench going to new month-ling loan signing from Barnsley, Andrai Jones.
Ronnie continued: "We kept hanging on and I saw a lot of Tranmere Rovers’ fight. We looked like a team when we've been like a lot of individuals before.
"When you look at the chances we've had there's nothing wrong with the fitness, they were up and down.
"Jean-Louis could have had a hat-trick, he headed one straight at the keeper, hit the volley as sweet as he wanted when he really wanted a miss kick.
"How it can change, we could have been back in the game at 1-1 but all of a sudden we were two down.
"But they kept grafting and kept working and I think the support was magnificent but they didn't get what they deserved.”
“With 11 men, I think we win the game, I honestly believe that.
“But you can't be going down to ten with people not doing their jobs right.”
Rovers will be back in League One action hosting Peterborough Utd at Prenton Park this Saturday, 3pm kick-off Next Tuesday, August 27, sees them again at home to resume their Capital One Cup campaign facing Championship side Bolton Wanderers. Kick-off will be at 7.45pm.
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