LEE CLARK said Huddersfield Town paid the price for failing to boss the midfield battle at Prenton Park.
“We certainly weren’t great, and when you look at how we performed over the whole game, it was probably a point gained,” said the boss, whose second-placed side would have gone three points clear of the two Sheffield clubs had they held onto the lead provided by Jordan Rhodes.
“But having got our noses in front, we gave a really poor goal away, because we were in possession on halfway.
“We didn’t take control in the middle of the pitch, which is usually where we are strong, especially away from home, and as a result, we didn’t put them under enough pressure.
“It’s a plus point that we haven’t lost, but we certainly need to be better.”
“We’ve missed an opportunity, because if we had played to our best, we would have picked up three points.”
Clark hailed the performances of Danny Cadamarteri – “he put in a real shift for us,” said the boss – and Sean Morrison, who made his Town debut and only his second first-team appearance in a year after signing on loan from Reading.
“I thought Sean was outstanding, and his long throw is going to be an asset for us as well,” he explained.
“But we have to learnt to attack those deliveries better. Four or five were bouncing in the six-yard box without a red shirt going in. You have to get on the end of those throws.”
Tranmere boss Les Parry insisted his side should have won.
“I’ve gone off my head a little bit in the dressing room,” he said.
“If defenders make mistakes we slaughter them, and strikers have got to be the same.
“When you get the chances we had you've got to take one of them, at least one.
“What was pleasing was the way we stopped them passing.
“The lads worked their socks off, we were sharp in the tackle and we probably won the majority of second balls.”