Tranmere manager Nigel Adkins has expressed the need to be mindful of Doncaster Rovers, despite his side’s strong performances in recent weeks.
Rovers make the journey to the Eco-Power Stadium on Saturday, 10 February, to face Grant McCann’s side, who are 22nd in League Two and desperate to return to winning ways.
Tranmere have won three of their last four on the road, most recently beating Grimsby Town 2-1 at Blundell Park before a goalless draw with Crewe Alexandra at Prenton Park last weekend.
ON THE LAST WEEK:
“It was an excellent game against Crewe. Although we only got a point from it, we’ve got a clean sheet and we’ve been after more clean sheets.
“Then we go to Tuesday night with the Liverpool Senior Cup [against Warrington Rylands]. We now progress to the semi-finals. A great opportunity to progress some of the younger players and get the collaboration between the college and the first team. For example, Jack Bentley, Seb Henderson and Kacper Mikulski. Then we look at a first-year pro who’s come through the college system in Mikey Davies and a goalkeeper in Conor Robson, opportunities for them to go and play.
“I’m really pleased that Kristian Dennis scored got 90 minutes, then Paul Lewis, Chris Merrie and Joe Yarney got valuable game time. We look at Sam Taylor and James Norris, flying wingers the other night. Then we look at Reece McAlear, Dan Pike and then 21-year-old Joe Starbuck. I think he’s got a lot of talent.
“I was really pleased that Neil Danns prepped and led the team as part of his development. He did really well. A collaboration with the head of coaching [for the Education Hub], Dan O’Donnell. So again, we’re trying to get that collaboration.”
ON GROUP CONFIDENCE:
“I think we’ve shown since November we’ve had a real good level of consistency. I think we’re just shy of two points a game, which is promotion winning form since November. I think we’re the third leading goal scorers in the division, so we score goals. We’ve got a belief that we can win any game. We’re very mindful and very respectful of the opposition, because this has been a tough division.
“It’s not about one individual, it’s about the team. Together everyone achieves more, and we’ve been doing it consistently. That is now consistently backed up with a run of positive results.”
“Every game’s a challenge and obviously I know Grant McCann, and Cliff Byrne, both played for me previously at Scunthorpe United and they’ve had a real good coaching career so far. I know they’re being expected to do really well this season, they were well backed in the summer window, but I know that they’ve had challenges to overcome.
“We know it’s going to be a very committed game. We’ve got to be ready for that. We’ve got to expect the unexpected, maybe they will change formation, maybe they will change personnel that they’ve got. They’ve got to try and find the next way to go and win a game of football, whereas we’ve been able to keep a bit of consistency, but we seriously have to be very, very mindful.”
ON TEAM NEWS:
“I’m really pleased that Jéan Belehouan and Luke Norris have been training with the group. The intention is to try and organize a game for the Tuesday after the Stockport game and see if we can get them some game time.”