Orient a ‘must-win’ for Tranmere to stand any chance of breaking into playoffs

Rovers boss Micky Mellon said that the squad are looking forward to Saturday’s trip to Leyton Orient, which they must win to stand any chance of breaking into the playoff spots.

After a long and gruelling season, it will come as good news that Micky was able to provide a positive injury update ahead of the clash, with the Boss revealing that ‘Everybody’s fit and ready to go’.

“Everybody’s fit and ready to go. All the ones that are missing were the ones that were missing before, the longer-term ones like Knight-Percival. 

“Apart from that, everyone is fit and ready to go.”

Micky didn’t play down the importance of having a good squad selection, saying it gives the SWA ‘the best possible chance of getting a result’. He also touched on what he expects from the encounter in East London.

“Obviously we want to be able to go there and give ourselves the best possible chance of getting a result and we will have a full squad to pick from, so that should give us a good chance.

“We honestly know it’s going to be a tough game but we are excited and pleased to be involved in games like this but obviously we’ve got to take care of business and try get a result against a good Leyton Orient side. We’re looking forward to it.”

Saturday is the definition of a must-win game as Tranmere will need to secure three points to stand any chance of making the playoffs, Micky gave an indication as to what these sorts of games are like and the mindset of the squad going into Saturday.

“We understand that we’ve got to win a game of football but that should never change, Tranmere should try and win every game and should be expected to win every game.

“We like the levels of expectations on us and Saturday is no different.”

Defender Calum MacDonald says that the squad know what they have to do, as they make the trip to East London at the weekend knowing only a victory will give them a chance of making the playoffs.

Calum started his interview by expressing his joy on returning to the fold after a period on the sidelines with suspension, he gave an insight into what that was like.

“It felt like it went on for ages because it was four games. It was obviously a hard one to take, but I had to sit and watch the boys.

“It felt nice to be back out and helping everyone and having more control over things.”

Moving on, Calum gave an evaluation of his season, the positives, the negatives and his hope that it won’t be nearing it’s conclusion.

“I think it’s been fairly consistent, I missed a lot of pre-season so it took me a little while to get up to speed but since then it’s been okay. Hopefully it’s not finished.”

When asked about Saturday’s game, Calum said that the squad know what they have to do, with the obvious hope that results elsewhere go in favour of the SWA.

“It shouldn’t really change anything, we know what we have to do and we can only really control what we do so we’ll try and win the game, as you do with any other game of football. Then hopefully things go our way elsewhere that helps us.”

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