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Blame the ref… Or a lack of depth?

After the Super White Armies commendable start to 2011-12 seasons, the Rovers slipped controversially many would say to their first defeat of the season away to Notts County.

The game will be more remembered however by the blunders and mishaps from Referee Michael Naylor. The man in black (with metaphorically white stripes) awarded County a dubious penalty decision so close to the end the Tranmere faithful would of started to smell a scent of picking up a draw, but for it to grasped upon them and greedily gobbled up by their opposition. A defeat so painful it would have challenged a Gervinho head butt to of similar pain intensity.

Now that I’m done with poking and pointing the middle finger at the man with the whistle, credit must be given to the Tranmere boys, and fans for their fighting spirit, and never say never attitude.

But as we all know (Especially the SWA) getting results solely on an attitude gets you nowhere. Although potentially a catalyst and a good trait to have, a fighting spirit cannot be relied upon independently to find the key in opening the treasure chest of success at Prenton Park.

The First half performance in French terms was ‘C’etait Super!’ for the Rovers clan. The second half performance in more blunt Birkonian terms was ‘A load of old S**t!’

By this reading even the untrained eye could identify that this could (and I highlight could) be down to a group of tiresome individuals suffering physically and mentally from match fitness. In other words the players were bloody knackered!

And notably Parry used the same 11 which brought him success on Saturday. By no means am I regarding this tactic of consistency with the same players playing week in, week out a bad one. But with so early on in the season and in such small space of time between Saturday and Tuesday, surely Parry would have at least of been tempted to tinker with his squad.

Maybe he lacks confidence in the rest of his squad? Although the squad that played against County on Tuesday evening looked a formidable outfit, does Parry lack the strength in depth to replace these players when injured or unavailable?

For Saturdays clash with League One giants Sheffield United, First teamers Adam McGuirk and Dave Raven are set to miss out due to suspension leaving a gap at Right back and Left Midfield to be filled. Thank God Ian Goodison looks set to don the Terry Butcher look as he is likely to feature with a bandage on Saturday following a head injury in last night’s defeat.

Personally I think a couple more signings need to be made in the window, be it temporary or Permanent if Rovers are to last the season competitively. More players for Parry to choose from would lead to more versatility among the Rovers lines and freshness to the starting lineup.

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  1. Chesterfieldswa

    18 August, 2011 at 08:23

    Sorry can’t agree.Les has already said he is not yet sure what his best 11 is.After the result at Orient he would be accused of tinkering.Given what is rapidly becoming bad blood between the two sides the worst element was the choice of officials.We were seconds away from a decent point so with 6 points from 9 I am unsure what the basis is for us being uncompetitive?

  2. joecooper

    19 August, 2011 at 10:16

    The side shows a lot of promise but i just fear the Second half performance on Tuesday could end up summing up our season, and i don’t care how bad the decisions were its impossible to completely solely blame the officials for the defeat, sure we may of picked up a point had it not been for the awful decisions, but why did we not give ourselves the chance to pick up the point sooner, or put the game to bed earlier in the game? The side we have now is destined for mediocrity at best i fear (This is going on the overall quality, not the recent form) and although we have started the season well, the season is a long one, if we lose the next 3 games would you still consider it a decent start to the season? I think the side we have now can easily avoid relegation, but a few new signings could easily see us make the play off. The squad now is a good one, but its not the finished article, lets forget the mediocrity and push on a bit!

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