Moore’s frustration as Pompey hit back

Ronnie Moore
Ronnie Moore

Ronnie Moore suggested a few people needed ‘a kick up the backside’ – including himself – after seeing his Tranmere side held by Pompey.

The outspoken Rovers boss branded his side’s defending ‘naive’ as they conceded the second equaliser just moments after going ahead in a ding-dong second half at Prenton Park.

While his team remain top of League One, Moore admitted he was less than happy with the result.

He said: ‘I’m a little bit flat after that. I need a kick up the backside to get myself up for the next few games.

‘We needed the second goal in that first half because we were the better side and had some good chances to go on and make the game safe.

‘But then we got to 2-1 with 13 minutes to go and we just had to see that next five-minute period out. We didn’t do that.

‘We didn’t defend well for the second goal and that is what has really disappointed me.

‘We were 2-1 up and then we have been naive defensively to let them back in.

‘One bad mistake has cost everybody.

‘We didn’t even have a chance to enjoy the goal.

‘Before everyone had even sat down, it was 2-2.

‘That is a big disappointment.

‘But it was naive from an experienced player who let his man go.’

Both sides then had opportunities to snatch a winner in the dying moments with Simon Eastwood making a fine stop to deny Liam Palmer, while Scott Allan’s last-gasp effort grazed the upright.

Moore said: ‘It was end to end in the last few minutes with both sides going for it.

‘Then we could have maybe got another goal with them pushing men forward at the end.

‘But in the end, we could have lost it. That would have been ridiculous from the position we were in.

‘The lad has gone through and should have scored.’