With eighty seven minutes on the clock, Tranmere Rovers boss Gary Brabin watched his side concede a goal that meant they need to score two late goals to snatch a point at Barrow.
Just under ten minutes later, as the full time whistle went, few inside Holker Stadium could believe, or explain, what they had just witnessed.
Rovers had completed a remarkable turnaround with goals in the ninetieth, ninety second and ninety fifth minute to seal a vital victory from the jaws of defeat, with Jake Kirby’s fine strike handing them the points just seconds before the full time whistle.
The circumstances surrounding their dramatic win were, in Brabin’s own words, “a new experience” for the former Southport manager.
“I’ve never experienced anything like it, not to that extent anyway!
Obviously, as a player and as a manager I have been involved in games where you score or concede late goals.
But to be two goals down on the ninety minute mark and get three goals in the space of five injury time minutes, it was certainly a new experience for me but we have to take this on to the next game”
However, Brabin believes that his side shouldn’t have been in a position where they needed to produce the comeback of the season to take the points.
He admitted that he was disappointed to see Rovers edging towards a defeat in Cumbria but felt the win was exactly what his side deserved.
“I was disappointed because we had done enough to be in front. It has been a common theme for us this season, where we are falling behind when we should be winning games, or conceding a silly goal against the run of play.
We aren’t the type of side to sit back and soak up pressure, we want to attack. At one up we had chances to get a second and then conceded a harsh penalty, which was disappointing.
We got caught on the counter attack twice but we kept going, we never gave up and we got what we deserved”
The late, late goals came from Rovers trio Lois Maynard, Jeff Hughes and substitute Jake Kirby and came on the back of Brabin and his coaching staff challenged their forward players to finish off more chances.
Their boss joked that it could be seen as unfortunate that they waited until so late in the game to accept that challenge.
“I think, not just at Barrow, we know we haven’t been clinical enough and we want to play the way we believe we should.
I put a bit of pressure on the attacking players to start taking those chances, but unfortunately, or fortunately maybe, they all decided to wait until the last minute of the game on Saturday to do that”
For now Rovers move on to their next National League fixture Bromley next Saturday and Brabin is hopeful that his side can take confidence from, not only the win, but the manner in which it was achieved.
“The manner in which we won will stand us in good stead, it will breed confidence.
It may only be three points but sometimes a win can feel more than that and the circumstances here make it feel that way.
I hope it can be a turning point, we have had good moments this season. We aren’t too far away from the play-offs and it would be nice to use this as a turning point and really have a good push”
Interview: Mark Carruthers
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