ACCRINGTON Stanley manager John Coleman has rued the chances missed by his side in their 2-1 loss to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

Tranmere took the at the Wham Stadium in the first half despite Stanley starting the stronger of the two sides.

Harvey Rodgers was shown a second yellow card late in the match and Coleman wasn't happy with the refereeing display on Saturday.

"You’ve got to score when you’re on top and too often we don’t score when we’re on top and that’s plagued us all season," said Coleman.

"Missing chances has plagued us all season. Probably arguably the best chance of the game fell to Dion Charles after 30 seconds, that goes in and it’s a different game.

"We could have been waxing lyrical about a 5-0 win, but it hasn’t and that’s football and you have to get on with it."

Key decisions have gone against the Reds all season and Saturday was no different believes Coleman, who saw his defence depleted even further as Rodgers will serve a one-game ban for being shown two yellow cards.

"We didn’t test their keeper. I’m also disappointed that we didn’t get the rub of the green with the decisions," added Coleman. "They’ve got a lad booked in the first half after 36 minutes, rightly so, but he shouldn’t have been on the pitch.

"He’s done a horrendous foul on Sam Finley and he gets a talking to. I don’t see them for our players.

"All season there’s just been so much inconsistency from the decisions that we’ve had to put up with and I’m sure there’ll be a lot more before the end of the season.

"He’s a new ref and you’ll hope that he’ll learn from the experience, but we’ve suffered 18 major decisions against us this season and that’s hard to take.

"Major decisions that have gone against us that shouldn’t have gone against us. It’s dead easy to blame the referees but what we have to do is focus on what went wrong in front of goal. "How you can start the game as well as we did and then not go on to win the game. If we carried on playing like that, we’d beat any team in League One, if we could play like that for 90 minutes.

"We did it for the first 15 minutes, but then I think we got disheartened by not scoring.

"It’s the age-old problem of conceding silly goals, which we did, and then you’re huffing and puffing trying to get back in the game."