Tranmere Rovers manager Keith Hill gave his assessment following today’s narrow 1-0 loss at home to Bradford City.
Speaking in his post-match press conference following the match, the gaffer said: “I am happy with the performance but disappointed with the result. There was a big workload on James Vaughan in that department and I thought we played some nice stuff. I thought we looked solid defensively in respect of the opponents and how they set up.
“We had to be patient with the oppositions tactics and it is concentration levels and it resulted in that one moment. That is the disappointment, there are going to be games when you don’t score goals and play nice football, but I am disappointed with that one moment, the lapse in concentration that has cost us the game.
“It is part of our learnings and development to ensure it does not happen again.
“Their tactics were to defend deep, so we had to do things quicker. We got to the final third well, but I thought we were a bit slow with the final ball. From a possession point of view, I was pleased with the way we controlled the game and the opponents with defence and attack.
“We need to be better in attack and I am disappointed we haven’t scored today to marry up with the way we controlled the game. But you don’t have to have the ball to control the game, there will be arguments from the opposition they didn’t have the ball but they controlled the game.
“There were moments in the first half when they were concerned and that is why they changed shape. There was a lot of time wasting too but that is the dark arts of football, but I don’t disagree with it, that was the right thing for the opposition to do and slow the game down.
“We got some momentum going again in the second half, but it was a very frustrating game because as much as I like looking at statistics and data, there is no comfort blanket in it tonight in terms of dominating possession and still having the majority of the shot count in our favour. We have lost the game.”