Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon spoke to the local media ahead of this weekend’s trip to Crewe Alexandra.
Rovers return to league action after a two week break and the boss is expecting another huge challenge for his team at The Alexandra Stadium.
Micky said: “We have to keep reminding ourselves that we are the new team to the league and I am not trying to play things down. I am just stating the facts, we are 17 games into the season in a league we have not played in for four years.
“A lot of our players are playing solidly in the EFL for the first time, so I am not taking anything for granted. We still have to tread very carefully and keep reminding everyone of that.
“We have to work very hard in order to stay competitive in this league. We will not be taking anything for granted when we play any team, either at the top, middle or bottom of the league, we have to keep our foot to the floor, keep performing well and keep reminding ourselves, this is still very new to us.
“Even with Tranmere’s great traditions, it is the first time many players in this group have played consistently in the EFL.
“Every game that we play is a huge challenge and at our best to get something. That has been our mentality all along, so it doesn’t matter who we are playing, we have to keep our foot to the floor.
“The fans always travel massively. We never take their support for granted, they are vocal, and they get right behind the group. It is up to us to represent them properly and we will speak about that before and we use the energy the crowd bring with them. Hopefully that will spur us on to do our best.
“We are very grateful we can play in games like this, it is great to see the travelling army get right behind us in league matches against teams like Crewe in the local derbies we worked so hard to get back again. We very much appreciate that and looked forward to it.”
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