Goals all that’s missing from Les Parry’s men

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Tranmere Rovers put in a good performance to get a point against League One leaders Brighton on Saturday. The game at Prenton Park finished 1-1, but the home side could easily have triumphed if they had taken some of the chances they had on goal. 

For outsiders, a point for lowly Tranmere looks a good point. But to the 5,421 spectators inside the ground, Rovers could easily have taken all three points after an excellent performance. 

Apart from a period of around 10-15 minutes at the end of the first half when Brighton scored their goal and could have scored another couple, Tranmere dominated the game. It was one of the best team displays for a number of seasons from Les Parry’s men. 

Despite the fact that Tranmere have managed to score in each of their last eight matches, they simply don’t score enough goals. From ten league games so far this campaign, Rovers have only found the net on nine occasions. To make survival more achievable, they must improve that ratio. 

The Brighton fixture told the story of the problem. It was a great team performance, but from 13 shots on goal, Rovers had to wait until the 87th minute to get their solitary goal via defender Scott Wootton’s header. 

Good chances came and went. Shots went high and wide and the woodwork was struck on two occasions. It was looking like one of those days when they just wouldn’t score until the late header salvaged a point. 

The lack of goals isn’t through lack of effort. The team work incredibly hard and striker Enoch Showunmi is one of the hardest working players I’ve seen in the white shirt. But the team just lacks that all-important killer instinct to get the ball in the back of the net and to punish the opposition when they are on top, as was the case on Saturday. 

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