Gary Brabin was a happy man after Tranmere Rovers picked up another victory as they secured a 3-1 win against Gateshead at Prenton Park.

The manager was particularly pleased with the first 45 minutes of the performance which saw Rovers take a 2-0 lead in at the break after two James Norwood penalties.

He told Tranmere Player HD: “It was a really good first half performance. But you can never relax. We didn’t want to rest on our laurels but it was a jittery first five minutes of the second half.

“Then it was a great cross by Jake Kirby and it was nice to see Michael Higdon get off the mark with a goal.

“Off the back of the Chester game where we got 43 crosses into the box, we put more good crosses in today. I just felt that we needed to get on the end of things, and today, I think the end product was good to get us two penalties and Higdon’s goal.”

Brabin said it was satisfying to see both strikers on the scoresheet. Michael Higdon netted his first goal in a Tranmere shirt and the manager believes this gives the team a big confidence boost.

He added: “James (Norwood) is doing well in front of goal and we’re delighted with that. He’ll be gutted that he hasn’t got a hat-trick because I know he’s hard on himself.

“We’re delighted that Nors has got another two goals and Michael Higdon is on the scoresheet too. It’s good when your strikers are scoring goals.”


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