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Nigel Adkins hails Tranmere’s character in League Two comeback win over Swindon

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 23 Dec 2023

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Tranmere boss Nigel Adkins felt his side showed real character after they came from behind to beat Swindon 2-1 in League Two at Prenton Park.

The visitors had taken the lead with their first effort on goal as Daniel Kemp steered the ball home from a tight angle after some nice work down the right-hand side.

But Rovers pulled level 10 minutes after the break when Kieron Morris was in the right place to steer the ball home after Robins goalkeeper Murphy Mahoney failed to hold a fierce Harvey Saunders shot.

Mahoney was forced off with what looked like a hamstring injury with 20 minutes remaining and substitute goalkeeper Lewis Ward was helpless as Tom Davies popped up at the far post to fire the ball home and complete the comeback just moments later.

It is now four home league victories on the bounce for Adkins’ men, and he said: “From my point of view it was a really good performance from everybody today and it puts everyone in a good mood going into Christmas.

“I thought we started the game ever so well until they scored against a side who want to play out from the back.

“The first goal changed the complexion of the game and it gave them something to sit back and protect rather than being more expansive.

“But great credit to the players and we know we can go and win games of football, even when we are behind.

“We’ve got a team spirit, an organisation, a good structure and we’ve been on a good run of form and are picking points up.

“We’re going in the right direction and we’re on a consistent run of form, we’ve got an understanding of how we want to play and we’ve got a resilience about ourselves now.”

It is now three defeats in a row for Swindon, with Michael Flynn’s side failing to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 league matches.

Swindon boss Flynn said: “I thought we were unfortunate and it was a really good away performance until we made a mistake that allowed them back into it, but when you’re down, those things don’t go for you.

“We’re doing what we can with the players that are available and today they gave everything and didn’t stop but ultimately came up short.

“They are a group who are working hard for each other and sticking together, so that’s a positive.

“The two goals we gave away were avoidable, we stuck together, we tried and put a lot of effort in but ultimately we’ve given away two soft goals.

“It’s a tough place to come, we knew that, but if we cut out the mistakes we made, we would have won the game.

“I don’t want to feel sorry for myself, but we need to be better defensively because it’s too easy for us to concede goals at the moment.”

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