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Keith Hill looks ahead to Colchester test

31 December 2020

Keith Hill believes that it is important that his Tranmere Rovers side have the confidence heading into Saturday’s trip to Colchester United in Sky Bet League Two. 

Rovers make the journey down to Essex as they kick start 2021 with a fixture away from home, aiming to get back to winning ways. 

It is a back-to-back outing on their travels over the festive period for Rovers, following on from Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw away to Barrow which saw them end 2020 with a point.

Hill’s men are just three points from the Play-Off positions in Sky Bet League Two heading into the New Year with a game in hand.

Colchester await this weekend currently sitting a point above Rovers in the table. 

And speaking prior to Rovers visit to the JobServe Community Stadium, Hill knows that confidence will be a key factor. 

Hill said: “Positive results give a lot of confidence and confidence is key, so it is important that we have a confident squad of players, and they are, but the demands are on me.

“It’s always difficult coming into a club halfway through a season, and I think that we have had very good performances and results.

“If we look at the performances against Bradford and Barrow, they should have yielded more points. The spirit of the players is very good at this time and they are at the point of grasping what I want them to do.

“It is a result driven business, and everybody wants a result, and that is no difference from my perspective of a manager, the demands are all the same.

“Out of the nine games, we have won five, lost three and drawn one and we feel as though it could be improved. 

“Realistically, it is a game-by-game situation and I always try to manage, and the judgement on myself and the team and the way I want to work, it has got to be over 23 games and then 46 games.

“We can’t be emotional about the roller coaster effect of the results, and we’ll have to look at where we want to improve, and when I talk about improvement, it’s individual and unit improvement. 

“Performances are really key, but they are born off the training pitch and the way that we want to train, and we know what we need to do.

“The demands are on myself and the players to win games and the players are responsible for our matchday performances.”

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