Stanley boss John Coleman had no complaints about Jay Rich-Baghuelou's red card in the 2-0 defeat at Tranmere.

Josh Hawkes’ penalty gave Tranmere the advantage before Rich-Baghuelou was shown a straight red card for a poor tackle on the goalscorer, whose second after half-time ensured victory.

The result leaves the Reds 12th in the League Two table, having taken 13 points from their opening nine matches back in the fourth tier.

“There’s no excuses, we didn’t perform like we can perform. Our travelling fans were brilliant, they supported us for long periods of the game and we didn’t give them enough to cheer about,” said Coleman.

“We let Tranmere get on to the front foot. There’s nothing in the game, they scored from a penalty and there’s still nothing in the game. No real chances getting made, but we weren’t asking any questions going forward.

“We were loose with our possession, we didn’t press, we let Tranmere outpress us, and they were a little bit more enthusiastic than us in the first half ,despite there being nothing in the game.

“The sending-off has obviously hamstrung us, no complaints, you can’t challenge like that. That ultimately has cost us the game.

“I think we’re still in it at 1-0, a chance to regroup and make positive subs gets eliminated when you’re down to 10.”