Dawes speaks ahead of Harrogate game

Ian Dawes has spoken ahead of tonight’s fixture against Harrogate Town. 

The caretaker boss takes charge of his second game back in charge as interim boss, as his maiden voyage ended in a 1-1 draw with Colchester United. 

It was a point in the right direction, but another test awaits as the side from Yorkshire visits, in a stern run of form as they’ve cushioned themselves away from trouble. 

Dawes was waxing lyrical about his sides point in Essex over the weekend. “I thought the performance at Colchester was very good and there was lots to be positive about, we’ve tried to build on that this week in training. 

“There’s a lot of details that we have to get right in terms of the way we want to play and building through the thirds of the pitch which I thought we did really well at Colchester. 

“It’s a system I like to play as it gets you lots of passing options and you can dominate the ball. So far, the players have picked it up really well.”

Over the years, a tradition at Prenton Park has always been a Friday night game, and with the last one being successful against Crewe, they’ll be hoping for more of the same tonight. 

“Friday night always has that extra edge and, historically, it’s been a big part of the Club. It has that extra feel about it. The home crowd is always great but Friday nights at different.

“The players are ready and it’s a big game for us against Harrogate who will test how we play because they will get after us. We’ll have to be at our best to go and beat them.”

“The way I see it, you’re wearing a Tranmere kit and your motivation needs to be to win for the Club. They’re the demands that the fans have, the staff have, the owners have and the Club have. 

“We’re disappointed in the league position we’re in as a group but every game means everything to us and the fans will be expecting that from us so we need to give them a performance to be happy about.”

Image: Tony Coombes/TRFC

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