The Shrimps suffered a first home loss in 11 matches on Saturday thanks to Kaiyne Woolery’s second-half goal.
It was an afternoon when the Shrimps were left to rue three particular moments in the opening period.
The first came when Adam Phillips almost scored a replica of his goal against Colchester United a week earlier, only to be denied by the offside flag.
The other two arrived in a seven-minute spell before the break as, firstly, Phillips ballooned a penalty over the bar after Jay Spearing handled Cole Stockton’s shot.
Then, with half-time approaching, a clash between both sets of players ended with Morecambe’s Yann Songo’o sent off for what appeared to be foul and abusive language.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, Adams’ players had held out until Woolery headed home from six yards on 74 minutes.
The Shrimps’ manager said: “I thought we started the game very well, we pressed Tranmere all over the pitch and caused them a lot of trouble.
“We were unfortunate in the early stages, there was a great ball from Carlos Mendes Gomes to Adam Phillips but he’s just offside.
“Then there’s a seven-minute period, where we miss a penalty which would have made it 1-0 and Yann Songo’o gets sent off just before half-time.
“Just as he (Phillips) went up to hit it, somebody shouted in his ear and that put him off.
“That’s what happens in sport, they call it different things in cricket, but that’s the way it is.
“I don’t know what happened (Songo’o red card), we will have to wait and see what the report is.
“The referee didn’t say anything, the fourth official didn’t say anything, so we will have to wait and see.
“It gives Tranmere the advantage. We looked like we were going to go and win the game but, unfortunately, one of our most important players gets sent off and it gives us an uphill struggle.”
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