Date: 25th September 2013 at 11:30pm
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Manager Ronnie Moore has said that tonight Tranmere showed some of the improvements that he’d been asking for in training following our recent league form.

We lost tonight’s Capital One Cup third round match against Premiership Stoke City two nil, but speaking to the Official Site following the game, the manager chose to focus on the positives and the improvements that we showed during the 90 minutes.

That said it wasn’t all happy, as Moore says he felt we showed them too much respect and could’ve got in amongst them far better in the first half, but equally they are currently level pegging on points with Manchester United in the Premiership so it’s not like they aren’t a good side.

‘I thought we showed them too much respect in the first half but they’re a good passing team. If we’d gone chasing we’d have been picked off. I said to them at half time that we’d get a chance and we did. We had Jean-Louis’ that went over the top and then Chris had the best chance of the night.’

Moore says we won’t line up the way we did tonight next weekend, but he felt he had to do something with the shape as 442 he believes would’ve seen us lose by a huge margin.

Most pleasing for him is he felt defensively we were quite tight and we limited to them to very few clear cut chances, but we have to take the positives from tonight into our league form and go all out to get that victory on Saturday.

Moore also admitted that he substituted Evan Horwood at half time as he’d picked up a groin strain, and although he doesn’t yet know how long he may be out for, he admits he’s going to have to seriously look at the loan market to see if he can get some cover in ahead of the weekend’s match otherwise Danny Holmes will have to again deputise in the unfamiliar position.