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Hill praises TRFC character

24 March 2021

Keith Hill praised the character of his Tranmere Rovers side as they scored two second-half goals to earn a point at Colchester on Tuesday night.

Trailing through strikes from Harry Pell and Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu, Hill’s men hit back with a quickfire five-minute double past the hour mark.

Danny Lloyd scored a penalty after Tommy Smith handled in the box before Jay Spearing’s powerful low drive, his first goal for TRFC, secured a hard-fought share of the spoils.

Hill said: “The character was never in doubt, but we were too comfortable for the opponents to manage us, and we tried to change it, they didn’t work, we went two down, we changed it and it worked, so to get to two each when you are two goals down, it feels like you’ve won a game.

“That was an emotional and football rollercoaster. We started the game superb, and I was really pleased with the first half, but we allowed them to counter attack us which is unlike us.

“We were disappointed to go 1-0 down considering Paul Lewis had that unbelievable opportunity, Danny Lloyd has hit the post but the way we allowed the opposition to counter attack it was almost like you, play, we play, and we should have defended better and I’m talking about the team and we were allowing the home team to counter attack us.

“We had to make more changes if this game had been played on the original date, it was a strange game because when we went 2-0 down, the lads were deflated and tired, and they responded magnificently. I thought the substitutions were good, but it’s a game we could have lost but it looked as if we were going to win it, so you have got to commend the players, there is a bravery to it and it’s the making of a good team to come back from 2-0 down and draw the game.

“We are turning the ball over in safe areas of the pitch, but our full backs were high up the pitch and you have got to be well set to defend, and we allowed them to do what we wanted, we played some nice football in our own half.”

Hill was also pleased for Lloyd and Spearing on their goals and the draw on the road down in Essex.

He added: “I’m pleased for both of them (Lloyd and Spearing) and I’m pleased that we scored two goals and I’m pleased that we got a positive point.”

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