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Ridehalgh previews Carlisle clash

28 March 2019

Tranmere Rovers left-back Liam Ridehalgh says he and his team-mates aren’t looking too far ahead as the Sky Bet League Two promotion race heads towards its exciting conclusion.

Micky Mellon’s side will be aiming for a seventh straight victory when they welcome Steven Pressley’s Carlisle United to Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon.

Rovers are currently fifth in the fourth-tier, five points off the top three automatic promotion places in the division with a game in hand.

And the 27-year-old, who has been at TRFC since 2014, acknowledged that the feel-good factor is back around the Club again, however Rovers’ squad won’t be getting carried away with their current form and league standing.

Ridehalgh said: “We are just literally taking it game-by-game, we’ve got a game in hand because if you look beyond that it can come back to bite you. We will be going out on Saturday to try and win again, making it a seventh win in a row, we want to win every game now up until the end of the season, but we will be focusing on the next game.

“Eight weeks ago, we were outside the Play-Offs and now we are a few games away from cementing a place in the Play-Offs and looking beyond that as well so it’s an exciting time.

“When I first joined, suffering two relegations wasn’t ideal but you’ve just got to stick with it, we could get promoted this tear. It is great for the Club because after two relegations it was in a bit of a mess, so it’s great for everyone involved at the Club to turn it around and it is exciting to be where we are.”

The Halifax-native has been a regular in the first-team since returning from a long injury lay-off in November, and is expecting a tough game when the Cumbrians visit the Wirral.

Ridehalgh added: “It is going to be a very tough game, but we have worked on it all week, everyone knows their jobs and we will be going out there to get the three points.

“We have gone back to basics and everyone knowing and building on their jobs and making sure we do that with the right mentality and intensity because maybe some games we dropped off that little bit but we are always reminding ourselves throughout the week that that’s where we need to be at and that’s definitely improved the results side of things.” 

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