Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon was disappointed as his side slipped to a final day Sky Bet League Two 3-1 defeat away at Crawley Town.
First-half strikes from Ashley Nathaniel-George and Filipe Morais saw Tranmere trailing at the break before top-scorer James Norwood pulled one back after half-time for TRFC from the penalty spot.
Panutche Camara wrapped up the three-points for Gabriele Cioffi’s Red Devils in injury-time when he rounded goalkeeper Scott Davies to tap in from close-range.
Tranmere will now take on Forest Green Rovers in the Play-Offs, with the first-leg under the Prenton Park floodlights on Friday 10th May, kick-off 7:45pm, before heading to Gloucestershire on Monday 13th May, kick-off 7:45pm.
And Mellon was frustrated about the display from his men on their travels down in Sussex.
Mellon said: “It’s difficult isn’t it, we came here to get a result, we made a lot of changes so it’s difficult for the players coming in to gain the intensity that we need on a day like this.
“We are not making excuses. A lot of people have paid money to come and see us away and put a team that could go and get a result, I’ll organise and get the team in the right frame of mind to play, people have paid money to come and watch and we deserve to be disappointed about today’s game.
"I’ll take responsibility, I organise and get them right for the games but today we couldn’t make an impact on it and ran out losers with the defeat.
“We lose two poor goals from our point of view, I have to keep saying it, there was three changes to the back four and they haven’t worked with each other as a group, you see that at times but I’m disappointed as a lot of people have travelled a long way.
“We wanted to give people a chance and we felt it was an opportunity to give people a chance, and to show that they are about, it’s just that we fell and looked short today.”
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