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League One

Tranmere Rovers show bottle

21 April 2014

Tranmere Rovers caretaker boss John McMahon insists his side have proved they have the bottle to stay in League 1 after the 0-0 draw against Sheffield United.

Rovers now sit 19th in the table, one point and two places clear of the drop zone, but it could have been more for Rovers who dominated proceedings for large spells.

Ryan Lowe hit the post while Junior Brown and Jake Cassidy also went close for the home side, who came into the game on the back of two successive defeats.

And while they could not find a winner, McMahon has seen enough to convince him that Tranmere will be in League One again next season.

"We created a lot of chances and our energy levels were fantastic throughout the game," he said.

"We were on the front foot. We looked bright, sharper and overall we looked a lot better team than Sheffield United.

"Technically we looked good and we found space in behind them.

"We showed some fantastic touches and although we had to make two first-half changes the lads responded well.

"If we show the same belief, quality and commitment in our remaining games then I believe we will stay up.

"We gave the fans a lot to shout about and they got behind us but all we can affect is our own performances.

"We have experienced players in the dressing room and we showed a lot of confidence after the disappointment at Gillingham."

The draw means the Blades' slim hopes of making the play-offs are now over, but Jose Baxter came close to stealing it late on for Nigel Clough's side.

"There was a lot of tired players out there," said Clough.

"Everything that has gone into the last two or three months has been a big ask but despite the draw we are delighted with a clean sheet.

"When you come to places like Tranmere and you don't win then you make sure you don't lose.

"We tried to put fresh legs in but Tranmere bossed things in the first half and we were hanging on a bit.

"In the second half we improved and the game looked more even looked more even.

"We could have nicked it late in the game.

"But we have reached the 60-point mark now and that in itself is an achievement.

"Results are going well and I think we can still get up into seventh or eighth by the end of the season.

"We are developing as a team but the mentality we are trying to instil is to ensure we don't lose.

"We have come from second from bottom in the last 10 weeks and we have had a great cup run and the players have responded magnificently."

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