Adkins looking forward to Stockport challenge

Nigel Adkins is looking forward to the challenge of facing the league leaders, Stockport County, at Prenton Park.

Tranmere Rovers host the Hatters on Saturday 17 February (3pm kick-off), looking to return to winning ways after defeat to Morecambe in midweek

ON THE MORECAMBE GAME: 

“It was a tough night. I didn’t get much sleep on Tuesday night. I look at the players after the game, we started it ever so well. The preparation going into it, the mindset. Obviously, it was quite disappointing in the manner we’ve lost the game at the end, and you can see that in the dressing room with the players. They care, we all care.

“Wednesday, I just watched the game back with all the emotion taken away. See what lessons we can learn from it. Ultimately, we’ve lost the game, so we’ve got to address that. We had a good debrief and we talked on some of the things that we’ve got to improve on, as individuals and as a group. Likewise, we’ve got to keep reminding players of things that we’ve done well and done well in the game, because we’ve consistently put good performances in.” 

ON THE ENVIRONMENT IN TRAINING: 

“It’s the standards we’ve got, we talk about it – What’s an environment like when you’re winning? You come in early, standards are high, you talk to each other, you stay a bit later.

“What’s an environment like when you’re losing? You come in late, you blame everybody else, standards are poor, you leave early, and you don’t talk to people. Now we don’t want that environment, that’s why we do the debrief so we can learn lessons and move on.

“From my point of view, we’ve got a good group of players who care, you can see that, in how they’ve responded to defeats. You can see that in how they train on the training ground, and they come in, we go into the analysis room, and we look to learn the lessons, develop the individual, build a team. 

“We’ve just got to make sure that we keep everybody going, because we’ve consistently done that. The other night was very deflating with the manner of the last goal…but we’ve got to pick ourselves up and we’ve got to start again.” 

ON STOCKPORT: 

“League leaders, big squad of players, strong squad of players. Big test for us, but that’s what you want. We believe that we can beat anybody on any given day. Over a period of time, you’ll find out about that, but on any given day, we believe we can beat anybody. 

“We’ve got to have that belief; we’ve seen that when we go behind, we can come back and win. We can go away from home and can go and win. We’ve played good teams in this division, and we’ve gone and won. However, massively respectful of the opposition we’re going to play. 

“We know that they’re going to have massive threats. They’re at the top of the league for a reason. We’ve got to regroup again. Very disappointing that we’ve lost the two games this week… learn the lessons and get ready for the next one. It’s that process of going into the next game full of energy, full of vigour, full of belief, knowing it’s going to be a big crowd, knowing that you’re going to represent Tranmere Rovers.” 

ON TEAM NEWS: 

“[Brad Walker] is available, he’s trained out on the grass this week, which is great, Jake Leake has started to join in a bit. We’ve got a game on Tuesday behind closed doors, so the likes of Luke Norris, Jéan Belehouan, Joe Starbuck, Ousmane Kane, just to name four, will be playing in that, getting valuable game time.”

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