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McMahon Responds To Gillingham & Crawley Games

McMahon Responds To Gillingham & Crawley Games

This week has seen a blow to Tranmere Rovers' survival hopes as we lost both the game against Crawley and also the game against Gillingham by identical score lines.

Dealing with the Gillingham defeat on Good Friday firstly, caretaker manager John McMahon was obviously disappointed to return to a run of back to back losses in the league, especially as prior to Crawley, we had been three unbeaten with two victories.

Speaking to the Official Site after Friday's game, McMahon said he felt we were unlucky to not have at least come away with a point from the match.

Two first half goals were enough to consign us to another defeat, and we are now only two points above the drop zone, with three games remaining, so it's again crunch time really.

'It's just so difficult to comprehend how we came away with a 2-0 defeat from that performance, effort and commitment. Lack of concentration cost us. I thought we gave it everything we had.'

McMahon says that ahead of the game when Steve Jennings failed a fitness test was a blow in itself, but then to start the game on the back foot as well just compounded things.

'We didn't look after the ball when it was up there. We were a bit physically out done by their two centre backs. Our decision making needs to be better.'

McMahon knows he also has questions for himself because Jason Koumas and Ryan Lowe both want to play, even though they aren't at 100% and whilst he doesn't regret starting with either of them, he knows their legs went a bit and the question for him at full time is basically should he have 'left them on for that long?' as obviously Koumas came off five minutes before full time, and Lowe on the stroke of full time.

'I don't know. In hindsight, no I shouldn't have. I should have changed it, but hindsight is a wonderful thing. Jason can create out of nothing and Ryan can score out of nothing.'

All we can do he knows is just keep going though and hope we do enough to keep our noses in front, even if we can push ourselves a few places higher over the remaining games.

It really is just a case of knuckling down, breaking this run of defeats, and start picking up points again.

Ahead of that, there was also the Crawley defeat by the same score, and at least compared to Crawley, McMahon knows we were better against Gillingham.

'The first half was a lacklustre display and we were always up against it. Too many players were poor. The performance levels need to improve, we created our own problems by giving the ball away too easily. There was needless mistakes we need to improve on.'

Even in that game he felt we had the better chances, and it's another of those where if you are flying higher in the league, it's a poor performance, but one you come out with a draw from wondering quite how you got it, but we haven't got that luck with us down at the bottom.

At least how we performed on Friday was an improvement for him, we just need to improve further, take our chances, and stop switching off at the back now to make the most of the survival chance we have.



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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Sunday April 20 2014
Time: 7:15AM

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