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Jackson eager to build on much-improved Rovers display

26 September 2020

Tranmere manager Mike Jackson praised a much-improved performance from his players as Rovers earned a point away to Cambridge United in Sky Bet League Two. 

Eager to bounce back from last weekend’s home defeat to Cheltenham Town, Jackson was pleased with the response delivered by his side at the Abbey Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

This result marks a third clean sheet of the campaign (in all competitions), all of which have arrived on Tranmere's travels.

The Whites created the majority of the match chances and thought they had won the contest when James Vaughan fired home with seven minutes remaining, only for the linesman’s flag to deny Rovers all three points. 

Providing his assessment of the game and the decision to rule out Vaughan’s strike, the Tranmere boss said: “I’ve just seen the goal back then, and it’s not offside. The linesman is looking right the way along it; he doesn’t flag at first and two of their lads then run over and start having a go at him. 15 seconds later, he decides to change his mind.  

“I thought the performance levels were good, the reaction from last week was very good and the attacking threat was there to see,” continued Jackson. “We missed some chances; we had a lot of balls into the box and could have done better with those. But we are threatening teams and I thought we looked after the ball really well. Scotty has had one save to make but, apart from that, I don’t think they really troubled us at all. 

“We’ve got to try and build on that performance now and not get too disappointed with the goal [offside]. We get a clean sheet, which is another positive.  

“I’m pleased with some aspects of the game, but I said to the lads that there is still a lot more to come from them. It’s always good to keep clean sheets, we’re just disappointed we’ve not got that goal that our attacking play deserved today.” 


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