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"We have a lot of belief in our own ability" - McNulty ahead of MK Dons

28 September 2018

Tranmere Rovers captain Steve McNulty believes he and his team-mates can put in a performance to be proud of at MK Dons on Saturday.

Rovers slipped to their first home defeat of the season last weekend against Newport County when Fraser Franks’ goal was enough to separate the sides at Prenton Park.

But with Tranmere making the long journey to Buckinghamshire for a League Two clash against Paul Tisdale’s Dons, defender McNulty is confident of getting a positive result at Stadium MK.

Micky Mellon’s men are a point and two league positions below Tisdale’s hosts and McNulty is hoping for a repeat of the 2-0 win away at Carlisle United a fortnight ago.

McNulty said: “I always say, there won’t be any easy game in this league or in the league last year either, we are a big Club, a big team in our own right in this division, MK Dons came down last year and they are probably one of the favourites to go up.

 “It will be another tough test, but one which we will be going there with confidence and we’ll look to get a result.

“You need to back them up (Carlisle win) with a home win and we failed to do that, it was disappointing, but we came in Monday, spoke about it, dusted ourselves down and we go again.”

Rovers are 13th in the fourth-tier after their first nine outings back in the EFL, and following a positive start, McNulty believes that the sky is the limit for Mellon’s men this season.

The 35-year-old Liverpudlian feels that Tranmere can be a forced to be reckoned with after their return to League Two following a three-year absence from the EFL, and that Rovers’ momentum from last season’s promotion-winning Play-Off Final win under the Wembley arch reflects on their fruitful opening to the campaign.

"We have always had the belief can play at this level and we can compete at this level as well, there’s never been any doubt in our minds and from the manager or the football club, we have a lot of belief in our own ability and as a team as well,” McNulty explained.

 “Teams who come up normally hold their own and come close to making the play-offs or get promoted and we can take confidence from that.

"We’ve more than held our own against teams this season, we’ve done well and held our own.”

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