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Perkins looking up the table after Colchester win

23 March 2019

January signing David Perkins is looking up after Rovers recorded their sixth straight league victory with a 0-2 win away at Colchester United.

The former Colchester player set up the opener for top scorer James Norwood in the first half, before his first goal in a Tranmere shirt sealed all three points just after the break.

The midfielder, who has impressed since his winter arrival from Rochdale, was delighted with his goal involvements, but believes gaining maximum points is the most important thing. 

He said: “Not like me at all really to get an assist and score so that’s always nice, but like I say, it’s nice to get the three points and get back up the road.

“It was a good finish. I pretty much closed my eyes and hit it to be honest, it’s always nice to get a goal but like I say, it’s the three points that matters most.”

With John McGreal’s side currently just two places adrift off the Play-Off spots, getting a positive result was never going to be easy, and this view was echoed by Perkins.

“It’s a tough place to come and play Colchester; they’ve got some good players, good young players, so we knew it was going to be tough.” 

With TRFC in a strong position in the table, the Englishman believes the recent impeccable form is down to calmness within the squad.

“Just the calmness really, the lads have been promoted before from the league below. Micky’s brought calmness about it all, and taking it one game at a time. We know we’ll score goals, keep clean sheets and then we’re well in the game.”

Keeping shut-outs has been a key factor is Rovers now picking up three away triumphs on the spin. Tranmere’s number 17 believes the manager’s tactics have played a vital role in the recent results on the road.

“I think it’s just confidence. The gaffer has got a game plan and we’re not conceding goals which always helps, and we always back ourselves to score.

With a home fixture against Carlisle United next up on the calendar, Perkins has not ruled out the possibility for a late push for automatic promotion, but knows this would be a difficult ask.

“We’ve got eight games to go now, our next games Carlisle at home so we look forward to that game, and we look to take three points from that game.

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