Date: 9th March 2015 at 11:01am
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Manager Micky Adams has said defensively Tranmere just weren’t good enough again in the game against Dagenham and Redbridge at the weekend.

Tranmere fell to a three two defeat at Prenton Park in an effort to come back from behind, but we just couldn’t get that third strike having given ourselves some hope going into the half time break at one a piece.

Speaking to the Official Site following the match Adams had to admit that Dagenham took charge after the restart and defensively again we were off pace and cost ourselves. Having scored the leveller through Gardner on the stroke of half time, Power got us merely a consolation a few minutes from time.

‘Going forward we created chances but in the last two home games we would have had to score three times to have got something out of them. You can’t do that. We’ve made mistakes at the back and been punished.’

Adams says the frustration is again that we’ve done our homework on the opposition, their threats, and how they like to play and it was hours in front of the DVD so we could cope with them and then it was worked on on the training pitch, but that just didn’t transmit to the stadium again.

‘We’ve done our homework on them and shown the players the DVD. We’ve told them on the training ground what to expect and they’ve not learnt the lessons or not heard. That’s disappointing from my point of view. Defensively it was not good enough, miles not good enough.’

With hugely experienced striker Jamie Cureton’s pace proving to be a problem in the first half, Adams says it was a deliberate effort to move returning loanee Donacien into the centre of defence and putting Holmes out on the right but it just didn’t work how he intended.

‘Cureton’s pace against the two big lads was a problem for us so I put Donacien at centre half and Holmesy back to right back and thought I’d solved a problem. It didn’t work out that way. Eight minutes into the second half it was practically game over. Having said that we kept going and could have got something out of the game.’

Adams says again it’s hard to take because scoring two on home soil should always at least see a return of a point, so to come out with nothing given the players didn’t overly let their heads drop and they kept battling away is very frustrating again.

‘It’s hard for everybody to take, the supporters not least of all. I’m responsible for it, I’m not pointing the finger at anybody else, I’m looking at myself as well. We’ve got to keep going. I know we’ve gone into the bottom two but there are still teams in and around us. We’ve not got to panic but we’ve got to be better.
‘It’s basic errors that are killing us at this moment in time. They’ve got to look at themselves and I’ve got to look at the work we’re doing.’

He ends his interview by admitting that people are no doubt writing us off now, but he’s going to stand there, stand up and fight and just do all he can to make sure the players join him in that.

‘I’ve been backed fantastically well by the Chairman, I can’t keep going to him. We’ve got to work our way through this. We reacted superbly when we were bottom and second bottom earlier in the season. We’ve shown before we can deal with the situation and we’ve got to do it again.’

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