“Not good enough” was the main line from Tranmere Rovers boss Micky Mellon following a disappointing 2-2 draw against Macclesfield at the Moss Rose Stadium.
The away-side were leading 2-1 up until injury time when a lapse in concentration cost the visitors two vital points in the National League.
Despite goals from Larnell Cole Andy Cook in the first-half, The Rovers failed to put away a number of chances and some sloppy defending saw the side from Birkenhead pay the price late on.
Mellon said: “We should not have to come to anywhere and score three goals to win a football game, two should be enough, especially when we get ourselves into this position
“At the end we know that they are flinging bodies forward but when you get a set-piece you have to defend it with your life and we have to do much better, it is not good enough, it is crap isn’t it?”
Tranmere Continued their routine of conceding late on away from home.
After leading in a tight first-half captain Steve McNulty hurled his man to the ground leaving the official Daniel Middleton with no choice but to point to the spot as Scott Wilson bundled home the rebound.
Despite looking as if they would cruise to a victory, Tranmere conceded a late free kick after Adam Buxton was penalised and the low bouncing free kick was not cleared and found its way to Tyrone Marsh who poked home in the dying embers.
“It was not even a good ball into the box, we should have dealt with it much better than what we did, we know all about that, we know all about people that should have done better, but we never.”
James Norwood should have put the game to bed midway through the second-half but his reputation of failing to score in one-on-one situations continued as his effort bounced wide of Shwan Jalal’s post.
As Macclesfield pulled level in the second half, a great run by Olly Banks released substitute Gerry McDonagh who despite being through on goal, cut inside and lost possession as the chance slipped away.
“Not good enough in that moment and we have like I say, the chances that we are missing, are bordering on the ridiculous, lets me honest about that, we could have been out of sight and really have gotten over the line very comfortably.”