TRANMERE interim manager Nigel Adkins took the blame for Rovers' third consecutive defeat in all competitions as Rovers lost 2-1 at home to Doncaster.

Goals from Harrison Biggins and Mo Faal were the difference as Doncaster continued their recent revival making it five wins from their last seven League Two games.

Doncaster took the lead in the 27th minute when Biggins latched onto Zain Westbrooke’s cross from the right to steer the ball home from close range.

The visitors then doubled their lead 10 minutes after the break when Mo Faal pounced on a Tranmere defensive error to flick the ball home from the edge of the area.

Connor Jennings halved the deficit with 20 minutes remaining to set up a grandstand finish but it was the away side who went home with the points while Tranmere suffered their first home defeat since September 2nd.

Adkins said: “It’s not nice to suffer your first home defeat as manager and it hurts.

“After we made those substitutions in the second half I felt like we would go on and get something from the game.

"I should've made the change after 15 minutes with Paul Lewis coming on in the middle pitch - he does the donkey work and that freed Regan Henry who was far better in an advanced position as it's fair to say he struggled as a holding midfielder 

"So I look at myself first of all - they shouldn’t be scoring that second goal, it’s come from a long goal kick down the middle and the centre half knows he’s got to deal with it and he hasn’t and it’s a cheap goal.

“From a personal point of view I don’t think we equipped ourselves as well as we should have done but that’s for me to go and review and reflect on.

“The atmosphere tonight was really good and our fans did everything they could to lift the players but it wasn’t to be and the first person you look at is yourself.

“We’ve got to stop making those stupid little mistakes we’re making and that’s why we’re losing games.” 

Rovers now face three away games with a midweek trip to Morecambe on Tuesday night before travelling to League Two pacesetters Stockport County and then to League One Stevenage in the FA Cup.

"It's going to be challenging and we've got to find that resilience, that passion, that perseverance and that grit to keep going," added Adkins.

"We're doing it in spells but the first thing I will do is look at me and what I can do to help Tranmere Rovers - that's the most important thing."