Football - Moore furious as Rovers pay penalty

Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore was far from impressed with the performance of the match officials after Rovers conceded an injury-time penalty when going down 4-3 at home to Brentford.

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Moore couldn't give a clear answer as to whether or not the crucial spot-kick, converted by Adam Forshaw after Adam Dugdale was judged to have handled, should have been awarded, but criticised the referee's overall display.

"I didn't see the penalty because things were so tight in the box and there are so many questions you can ask," said Moore. "The referee couldn't wait to give it, to be fair, and he has made some awful decisions."

Martin Taylor and Clayton Donaldson fired the Bees into a two-goal advantage after 14 minutes but Rovers levelled through strikes by Chris Atkinson and Dugdale either side of half-time.

Donaldson's second in the 71st minute had Brentford back in front at 3-2 before Forshaw's penalty meant Cole Stockton's equaliser in the 90th minute was in vain.

"I thought after having a couple of clean sheets recently that we would be better at the back for this game," added Moore. "But when you score three goals at home and end up losing it shows there is still plenty of work to be done.

"The players deserved a pat on the back for the way they came back because at times we were playing our best football of the season so far, but to lose to an injury-time penalty was sickening and hard to take.

"We didn't defend well in the first 15 minutes of the game and when you go 2-0 down that early you fear the worst."

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