Tranmere: Gary Brabin criticises 'toothless' display in Barrow loss

Gary Brabin
Gary Brabin guided Cambridge and Luton Town to play-off finishes in the National League

Tranmere boss Gary Brabin has criticised his squad for a "toothless" showing in their loss to Barrow.

It was the second time in three days Rovers had lost in front of their home fans, following a 2-1 defeat by Eastleigh on Saturday.

The Merseysiders have been beaten four times in the National League since their relegation last season.

"Considering the performance I thought the fans were quite good," Brabin told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"I thought it was a toothless display. They just rammed it down our throat, had one shot on target and they've ended up going away with a 1-0 win."

Former Cambridge, Luton and Southport manager Brabin moved to Prenton Park in the summer and has guided them to seventh so far, two points off the play-off positions.

"I think we've got some big players who can respond to a big fan base and a big crowd," he added.

"But I think we've got others who probably aren't ready for that so I think we need more leadership on the pitch and we certainly need to improve sooner rather than later."