Tranmere Rovers goalkeeper Scott Davies says Micky Mellon’s side can draw on past Play-Off seasons as they prepare for Saturday’s Wembley Stadium Final against Newport County.
TRFC are back at the home of English football for a third consecutive campaign as they contest the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final with the Welsh club, eyeing a place in Sky Bet League One next term.
The Wirral outfit have tasted both the highs and lows of a Play-Off Final in the Vanarama National League, which saw them promoted with 10-men last May after beating Boreham Wood 2-1 following the defeat to Forest Green Rovers the previous campaign.
And for 32-year-old Blackpool-native Davies, who has made 176 league appearances since moving to Prenton Park in July 2015, the stopper says that the experiences he and his team-mates have faced will serve them well heading into Saturday when they meet Michael Flynn’s Exiles.
Davies said: “We are calm, positive, I think the core of this group has gone through both motions which is the main core of this group so we’re using both experiences to help us along the way and we know exactly how it feels to lose there and win there so we know what we are going for on Saturday.
“A big part of it is that we have been there and done it. It can only help you. We have got a good coaching and management staff who keep the lads grounded anyway. The way that we’ll build up to the game will be the same as any other and I think that is the only way that you can treat it.
“We’re all human, we all know that we’re going to Wembley and all of your family will be there but at the end of the day we’ve all got a job to do and if you focus on that and don’t get distracted by the outside then hopefully you’ll be okay.
“We’ve got a group that I believe are playing below their level, especially last season, for one reason or another, they were at a point in their career where maybe we have had to win our way back up and a lot of us are doing that now, yes we are getting the credit and reaping the rewards of what goes with doing well.
“We have still got a job to do on Saturday and hopefully we can continue putting this Club where it recently was.
“We have a group of leaders. We have got experienced lads who have been through disappointment and highs, so I’m not worried in that respect and we’ve got 11 strong people out there.
“We have a great team spirit here and I’ve got full belief in all of the lads and as I’m sure they have in myself so if we stick together, the playing staff, the supporters and everyone else, if we all pull in the same direction we have got a better chance.”