In his interview, which is on Boro Player now, Smith told us that he felt Greg Tansey’s stoppage time strike was certainly meant by the midfielder, after Rovers boss Ronnie Moore had said that the former Inverness man might have had a touch of luck from the edge of the box. Smith said “Knowing Greg, and Ronnie doesn’t know him that well, he looked like he was stumbling a little bit but he practices an awful lot and it was a free kick type shot. He whips around it and over it, he gets good pace and dip on the ball and I’m not surprised. He’s either curling it or swerving it or in some way, shape or form not hitting it in a straight line and I thought it was an outstanding strike.”
Smith has made it clear in recent weeks that he wants to do more at the Lamex Stadium, with Boro picking up 13 points from a possible 27 in the 9 games prior to the visit of Tranmere, however difficult conditions made it hard for either side to gain an advantage at the weekend.
The manager did, however, find many positives in the victory and told us, “The opening exchanges typified everything about us today. There was plenty of energy, it was much more competitive. We got tighter all around the field and it made for a really difficult and competitive game for probably an hour and a quarter.
“It wasn’t until the final 15 minutes when everybody tired that the game started to open up a bit. Tranmere’s goal was the breaking point in it but we showed some real character and some good signs when we went behind”.
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