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Adam Buxton: "We have proven that we can compete at this level"

7 September 2018

Tranmere Rovers defender Adam Buxton insists that the prospect of facing high-flying Colchester United at Prenton Park on Saturday will not be daunting for him and his team-mates.

Micky Mellon’s side head into the contest in front of their own supporters having gone on a three-game unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two.

And with fourth-placed Colchester visiting Birkenhead this weekend, Buxton, who returned from a recent injury in Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy game against Crewe Alexandra, feels that despite the U’s prowess in front of goal so far this season, Buxton is confident that Tranmere can handle themselves.

In their six games in the fourth-tier to date in 2018/19, the Essex side have scored an impressive 13 goals, including putting six past our last opponents, Crewe.

However, 26-year-old Liverpudlian Buxton is hopeful that Rovers’ defence will be able to limit Colchester to limited openings at goal when the two teams meet on Saturday afternoon.

Buxton said: “Obviously they are second top scorers, so they are going to be good going forward but that’s just down to us to keep it tight on the break and then hurt them when we go forward.”

Rovers have adapted well back into the EFL and although it is still early into the campaign, Buxton remains confident that Tranmere can hold their own back in the division, following on from promotion under the famous Wembley arch back in May.

Buxton, who has played in Sky Bet League Two before at Accrington Stanley, is not concerned about the step up that promotion has brought.

Having had the experience of playing in the division before, Buxton is sure Rovers can thrive at this level.

He continued: “To be honest I don’t think it’s a massive step up. I’ve only ever played in League Two before I came to Tranmere and the league isn’t anything to get carried away about, I think we can steadily achieve what we need to achieve in this league.

“I think we have a good enough squad to do well in the league.”

Buxton reserved special praise for James Norwood, who has started the new season in outstanding fashion, scoring six goals in six games for Rovers and subsequently claimed the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for August.

Norwood, who scored in the 1-1 draw at Northampton last weekend, earned plaudits from his team-mate.

He concluded: “It’s always nice when your forwards are scoring goals, at the minute Nors (Norwood) is on fire and he can’t stop scoring.”

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