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Clarke looking to gain momentum heading into the new year

31 December 2020

Tranmere Rovers centre-back Peter Clarke feels that victory away at Colchester United on Saturday can give the side the momentum needed to go on a positive run.

Rovers begin 2021 down in Essex this weekend as Keith Hill’s men take on the U’s at the JobServe Community Stadium. 

And just three points from the Play-Off positions in Sky Bet League Two with a game in hand, Clarke knows that a win on the road will kick-off the New Year in perfect fashion. 

Tranmere won 2-0 at Colchester on their last visit, with James Norwood and David Perkins on target back in March 2019.

Defender Clarke believes that if Rovers can collect points up in their upcoming fixtures, then they will be in a good position to achieve their aims moving forward. 

Clarke said: “We know where we want to be and positive results in the next couple of weeks will aid that, and if we are well situated going into the New Year, we believe that we can push on and get to where we want to be.

“Teams can be going through a bad spell or a good spell. You have to take every game as it comes and you have to prepare, because they are different clubs and different teams, so you have to prepare in a variety of ways.

“We’ve had a little bit of an indifferent spell of results which no-one wants, and we want to win every time we go out there.

“These games are a test of your physical capabilities, but they are also a test of your mental capacity and they are relatively short turnarounds.

“If you can have a settled team and have settled units, and if you can keep settled personnel, then you gain that consistency and continuity in selection, and hopefully when you are able to do that, that shows in performance.

“I think over the last couple of games, I think as a group we are not a million miles away. There have been fine margins and we’ve restricted oppositions to minimal opportunities. 

“The goals that we have conceded have been frustrating, but we will carry on and work hard on a daily basis and hopefully that will show in the matches. 

“There’s always a transitional period when a new manager comes in, and the games are coming thick and fast so there was limited time on the training ground.

“This Christmas period has not been as hectic as some I’ve experienced, so we’ve been able to get some work in on the training ground which has been good.”

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