Moore upbeat despite defeat

Ronnie Moore: Proud of his side's performance

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Manager Ronnie Moore saw some positive signs from his team as Tranmere lost at Preston North End on Saturday.

Moore has likened his side's performances to that of a pub team in recent weeks.

Despite a fifth straight 1-0 defeat, Moore said: "I'm proud of them. It's the first time in a long time we've looked like the team we have been.

"You could see at times out there why we were top of the league for so long and how we've lost the game I don't know. I don't think they could give much more, we've just been naive with the goal.

"We were 10 seconds away from coming in at nil-nil and we've given the ball away in a stupid area instead of looking after the ball, being professional and doing the right things.

"But I can't have a go at them. That's the first time for the last few weeks that we've looked like we are a team. We looked like Tranmere Rovers and not the Dog and Duck.

"We don't want to go out with a whimper. We've got to try and win the final game because we don't want all these defeats hanging over us."

Jeffrey Monakana struck in first-half injury time to settle the game, grabbing his fourth league goal of the season as he rifled home from 12 yards out.