Tranmere Rovers Midfielder Luke McCullough gave his assessment after Rovers suffered a 2-1 loss against Bury at Gigg Lane.
Goals from Nicky Maynard and Caolan Lavery gave The Shakers a two-goal lead in Greater Manchester. Despite TRFC halving the deficit through Ritchie Sutton’s header in stoppage time, the hosts picked up all three points.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, McCullough said:
“(On the first goal) We have to defend them better; it was a clear header the fella got it, it came off one of our players and ricocheted into the net.
“But it’s just the way it goes for us, I think we need to try and get first contact on it so we can just clear it. And then the second one we were chasing the game, Connor’s made a bit of a mistake but that can happen when you’re chasing the game.”
The Northern Irishman added: “I think we had to surrender a lot of possession at times but we knew Bury have good attacking players, but once we got the ball back and got the first pass off it seemed like we cut them open and we were right down the middle of their team against the back three.
“So we felt once we won the ball back we had the chances to create chances like we shown down the right hand side creating a lot of good chances, but we just haven’t really put them away.
“When its one-nil you know you’ve always got a chance and the next goal is vital obviously. Unfortunately they got it, we thought we were maybe in the ascendancy a little bit and we were going to be the ones to get it and then they hit us on the break, but it’s just the way it goes sometimes when you’re chasing it.”
Whilst McCullough recognises the disappointing record he believes things can improve on the road for TRFC.
“It’s not a good record for us, it’s something we do need to do better but I think performance wise today was better, we were always in the game, we created better chances. I think if we can build on that and try and look forward and cut out the sloppy goals then we’ll get better.”
You can watch Luke’s full interview on iFollow here