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08 December 2018 Venue Prenton Park Attendance

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Preview: Cambridge United

6 December 2018

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday afternoon when they host managerless Cambridge United at Prenton Park.

Micky Mellon’s Wirral outfit are currently eighth in the fourth-tier, level on points with seventh-placed Exeter City, who currently occupy the final Play-Off position.

Rovers will be aiming to return to winning ways following their last league outing, a 5-2 defeat away at Grimsby Town just over a week ago, before being held at home by Southport in the FA Cup second-round last Sunday.

Meanwhile, Cambridge head into the fixture in 21st position, having recently parted company with manager Joe Dunne following the U’s recent 2-0 defeat away at Crewe Alexandra.

Team news

Ollie Banks has a hernia and will be out for a minimum of four weeks. Larnell Cole has a hamstring injury and it will be 10 days before he can return to training.

Harvey Gilmour has a bruised foot and will require a fitness test. Dylan Mottley-Henry has a grade two torn hamstring and has returned to Barnsley for treatment. 

 

The U’s season so far

It has been a tough start to the 2018/19 season for Cambridge, who find themselves three points above the relegation positions in Sky Bet League Two.

A run of five wins from 20 games in the fourth-tier saw boss Dunne depart after seven months in permanent charge. 

Coach Mark Bonner has been placed in a caretaker manager role at the Abbey Stadium while Cambridge search for a successor to Dunne.

Should the Cambridgeshire side earn three points at Prenton Park, a win could move them up two positions to 19th in the table.

One to Watch

Sheffield-born midfielder George Maris has been a positive performer for Cambridge.

Beginning his playing career within the youth set up at Barnsley, Maris would go onto sign professional terms at Oakwell before making three appearances for the Tykes.

To aid his footballing development, Maris spent time on loan away from South Yorkshire with Nuneaton, Guiseley and Lincoln City.

The 22-year-old departed Barnsley permanently in June 2016, signing for Cambridge.

Maris has since made over 70 appearances for the Abbey Stadium club, and this season he has scored five goals having turned out 25 times for his side. 

Tickets 

Fancy coming along to watch some affordable, live football at Tranmere Rovers this Saturday?

Tickets for the match against Cambridge United can be purchased online, as well as ticket and travel for upcoming away fixtures.

To buy your tickets, click here. 

Match Coverage

If you can’t make TRFC’s home game with Cambridge, then don’t worry as there are several ways that you can keep up to date with the action going on at Prenton Park. 

You can now sign up to Tranmere Rovers’ iFollow, which allows access to extended highlights and interviews with manager Micky Mellon and a player, after the game.

To sign up, click here

Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.

Twitter: @tranmererovers

Facebook: @trfcofficial

Instagram: @tranmererovers

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Micky's Cambridge reaction

8 December 2018

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon praised the way his team battled to claim a 1-0 victory against Cambridge United at Prenton Park.

Rovers victory came courtesy of a 77th minute goal from James Norwood but the boss was pleased with his team’s overall display and reserved credit for the Club’s supporters.

“Today’s result was an award for resilience and we dug in. We all knew that is what it took today but I must honestly say, I thought the fans were mega when we needed them.

“The raised the atmosphere and you can see the reaction from the players that they all energised from it with the togetherness. We came back again, and it drove us on and then you can see what a goal can do for a team in battle.

“I am very proud of the team and the way that they battled. I am glad I am getting the opportunity to say that because it would look a bit sour grapes if we didn’t get the result.

“Ten or eleven of our players today played in the National League last season and we have to remember that. We have a group of lads fighting very hard for the Club and they give everything and that deserves a lot of respect.

“We all know over the 46 games, you need to have those qualities and they certainly don’t lack in that area. It was a battling performance and they stuck to it to a man and they deserve great credit.

“They have all stepped up a level so every credit to them.”

 To listen to Micky’s interview in full, please click here to subscribe to our iFollow channel.

 

 

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