Tranmere ended 2018 with a point as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Yeovil Town at Prenton Park.
Rovers welcomed back skipper Steve McNulty to the starting line-up after he missed the win over Morecambe with injury. He replaced Manny Monthe who was injured as the result of a late foul on him on Boxing Day.
It was a game that lacked entertainment, but certainly not effort, with Rovers slogging away to try and create an opening.
However, we looked a little tired and short on that bit of creative spark we needed. We’ve had a magnificent few months back in the EFL, but today perhaps suggested that adding a couple of extra players in January is required if we’re to turn a good season in to a sustained promotion challenge.
Rovers had the better of the first half, a left-footed effort from Norwood forced a save out of the Yeovil keeper, while Mark Ellis headed well over from a corner. Cole Stockton perhaps had the best chance, his superb volley (below) on the turn forced another save out of Nelson in the Yeovil goal.
Shortly before the break, one supporter’s constant negativity in the Bebington Paddock incurred the wrath of Micky Mellon who asked if he had anything positive to say, much to the pleasure of most fans who reacted by clapping the Tranmere boss.
Some fans have incredibly short memories as to where we’ve come from. Even when things aren’t going well, like today, it’s not through lack of trying.
The second half was much the same, Yeovil creating arguably the better opportunities, brilliantly denied by Scott Davies on two occasions and Steve McNulty on another. Rovers introduced Paul Mullin and Jonny Smith to try and force an opening.
Smith was a constant threat, but Tranmere just couldn’t force that opening goal.
Despite the draw, it means we end 2018 in a great position for a play-off challenge and with another clean sheet.
It’s been some year! Come back tomorrow to see our review of 2018 in photos.