TOWN boss Lee Clark was far from happy with defeat at Prenton Park and the squad may well have had to listen to a few home truths after their 3-1 defeat by Tranmere.
With the setback likely to leave Town playing out the season to earn a mid-table place, despite their being nine games left, Clark emphasised that for his squad the season is far from over.
“While you have to give credit to Tranmere Rovers, who I thought were impressive, I can’t but help feel that we contributed to that,” said Clark.
“I will not accept what happened in the second half in any way, shape or form.
“These players are on trial and they have to produce performances that are good enough to warrant them a place at this football club.”
For each of Rovers three goals Town could feel they had been at fault as skipper Antony Kay, who scored twice, and striker Bas Savage earned the side a comfortable victory.
“We got done at a set-piece for the first one,” said Clark.
“Andy Booth has put his hand up on that one, but somebody else hasn’t done the job that was assigned to them and when players don’t do the basics you get punished.
“And the higher you go in the game the more you will be punished so we have got to learn quickly.”
And Clark is clearly looking toward a rigorous pre-season schedule and with a squad that he has put together.
“There will certainly be some new players coming in the summer,” said Clark.
“And I will be looking to get a proper pre-season into them, because we are certainly not fit enough as a group.
“We have got the players fitter without a doubt, but you can only do so much when there are games around the corner.
“However, when we get the time in pre-season we will put together a base and we will have a group of very fit footballers.”
Town have no midweek fixture and that could give right-back Andy Holdsworth time enough to recover from the knock which forced him from the Prenton Park field after an hour and put him in the frame for Saturday’s home meeting with Cheltenham – who registered their first win of 2009 with a 2-0 home win over Hartlepool at the weekend.Related content
However, Clark revealed that they did not know the extent of Holdsworth’s injury.
“We will have to wait and see how serious it is as Andy took a rap on the ankle. But we have a free week, though I would rather have had a game!”