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Pre-Match Andy Mangan (Hartlepool United)

27 April 2018

Forward looks ahead to a big couple of weeks for Rovers

Andy Mangan described captaining the Tranmere team on Tuesday night against Solihull Moors at Prenton Park as a "proud moment in my career".

The 31-year-old took the armband for the midweek game and was pleased to get some match minutes under his belt as he knows that he needs to be ready should he be required in the next few important games.

He said: "It was a really big proud moment in my career. I know it was only a mix and match team, but from where I've been over the course of the season to then captain the side, it was a very proud moment.

"I think the fans here are very clever and understood what the gaffer is trying to do, look at some young players and give minutes to the likes of myself because we're coming into a really important time of the season."

Looking ahead to Saturday's game against Hartlepool United, Mangan says that the players are all focused on this next game and not looking too far down the line.

He added: "The focus is on this Saturday and making sure we play well and finish the season well.

"We have to do it right, be professional and go into the play-offs in good form.

"We are all really focused, we've got a great bunch of lads here and a good team spirit so let's hope that carries us through."

Tuesday's game was only the third time Mangan has started for Rovers this season, with the remainder of his 14 appearances coming off the bench.

But the experienced striker says that he is here to help the team and the Club and will do that either on or off the pitch.

"Every player wants to play, but it's genuinely not about me or any other individual, it is all about Tranmere Rovers.

"If I come on in any of the games and contribute, then perfect, but if I don't, then I'll offer advice to the lads who are playing and that's just as good because the job is to get promoted, so I'll help in any way I can."



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