Adkins on ‘tough game’ away to Forest Green

Tranmere manager Nigel Adkins has emphasised the need to not take Forest Green Rovers for granted, ahead of this weekend’s trip to Gloucestershire.

Rovers head to The Bolt New Lawn on Saturday, 24 February (3pm kick-off), with their hosts positioned in the bottom two. 

Tranmere will take huge confidence into the game, following a convincing 4-0 win over league leaders Stockport County at Prenton Park last weekend. 

Forest Green have recently appointed experienced manager Steve Cotterill to lead their push for survival, with the club six points behind Grimsby Town in 22nd. 


“It was a good win at the weekend against the league leaders. The way the players and staff responded after the late disappointment of the goal we conceded against Morecambe. It was really important. It just shows the character of the players. Obviously, we scored four goals, set pieces again, centre halves going and scoring, and we could have scored a few more. 

“Through the course of the week, we’ve managed to have a behind closed doors game at Prenton Park. We’ve got a large squad, and they need to play. We appreciate Doncaster coming over and bringing a strong side as well. We had some real good players out on show and obviously players coming back from injury. From Luke [Norris’] point of view, he scored a goal. He’s played an hour’s worth of football at Prenton Park. He’s still got a long way to go to the potential that he’s got, but at least he’s back out.” 


“Instead of it being a training ground game, we want to feel the atmosphere, to get the best out of everyone. Everyone needs to be motivated, so playing at Prenton Park is no better motivation for anybody. We managed to get at the stadium, against good opposition. That was married up because they’ve got a big squad of players that needed to come back as well. I was really pleased with the way the day went on Tuesday.” 


“The Stockport game is now gone, and we’ve got to focus on the next game, which is Forest Green. Do not take that for granted, because it’s going to be a tough game. A good manager has just come in, experienced, knows what he’s doing. Forest Green have probably got the second or third best budget in the league. They shouldn’t be where they are, but they are for a reason. That won’t last, I still think they’re going to be picking up points. 

“This is a tough game. Our players are well aware. When we do the debriefs, we learn the lessons with previous games and then we draw a blue line underneath it. That game is then gone, and we do everything we can to plan and prepare for the next game, so we arrive fit, fresh, organized and ready to go and do the best we can.” 


“We’ll sit down and see where we are, you never know, there might be a little bit of illness here or there, or something else. We’ll have a look at everybody. The only person not available for selection will be Jake Leake, although he has trained with the main group today, which is really pleasing after his long-term injury.” 

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