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League One

John McMahon not worried by standings

29 March 2014

Tranmere Rovers caretaker boss John McMahon is refusing to look at the League 1 table despite the bottom end becoming increasingly close following their 0-0 draw with fellow strugglers Carlisle United.

Rovers could not find a way past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as they were denied just their second win in seven by the in-form 20-year-old at Prenton Park.

On-loan forward Jake Cassidy hit the post in the first half before being thwarted by Pickford after the break, and strike partner Ryan Lowe was denied in between.

Rovers remain level on 40 points with Carlisle, Notts County and Crewe but are one place above the relegation zone courtesy of a superior goal difference - although McMahon would not know that.

"We need points and we will certainly be focusing on that in each of our remaining games. I haven't really looked at the table," said McMahon. "That will look after itself and it is my job to look after the team.

``We made a good start and had some really good opportunities. We had a great spell and penned Carlisle back for more than 20 minutes but you need to score in your good spells and we couldn't.

"The longer it goes on you get more uptight and you need to keep your head on. We did get a bit sloppy at times and we needed to threaten more from our set plays.

"We have good characters in the squad and we have to take positives from the game. We were the team more likely to score a goal and we looked fit and strong.

"Anxiety did creep in at times but we kept a clean sheet and they have been hard to come by."

Meanwhile, Carlisle boss Graham Kavanagh is adamant the goalless draw with Tranmere will be the last time they fail to score this season.

"We will be stronger after this performance and I believe we can get the goals to keep us safe,`` he said. ``There will be plenty of ups and downs before the end of the season.

"There is a bit of pressure and that creates difficult circumstances to play under. Tranmere started brightly but we matched them for effort and work rate.

"We stuck in there and we could have nicked it at the end. In the second half I thought we were the side that showed the extra quality.

"I was really pleased with the efforts of the players. They were honest and determined and gave their absolute maximum.

"We didn't create as many opportunities as we have done in recent games but our all-round performance was good.

"I had hoped we could have passed the ball a little better in the final third which would have resulted in us getting at Tranmere's back four more often."


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