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MacDonald calling for greater consistency following Bolton triumph

20 December 2020

Calum MacDonald has called for greater consistency as Tranmere Rovers look to build on Saturday’s impressive 3-0 triumph over Bolton Wanderers. 

Keith Hill’s side registered an eighth win of the Sky Bet League Two campaign, with goals from Peter Clarke, Kieron Morris and James Vaughan leading Rovers to victory on Saturday afternoon. 

Now striving for performances of this nature on a weekly basis, MacDonald explained how the Whites must maintain high standards as the season progresses. 

“The first thing we’ve said walking in is that’s what it has to be every week, because we have let ourselves and the fans down in the last couple of weeks. That’s the minimum we need to give every single week,” stressed the Blackpool loanee. 

“If we’re going to do it here at Bolton, then we’ve got to go and do it away at Exeter. We’re happy, but we need to do it again next week against Bradford. 

“The fans will be in on Boxing Day and we need to go and put a performance on for them after the last game.” 

Operating at right-back during Saturday’s contest at the University of Bolton Stadium, the 23-year-old effectively thwarted the home side’s attacking advances to earn a ninth league clean sheet. 

“They play a different formation to most teams we’ve played, with high and wide wing-backs. It was different but we adapted to it well and we came through pretty strongly in the end.  

“When it goes to 3-0 and there’s five minutes to go, the only thing in your mind is keeping that clean sheet. Scotty is on us all the time about it and that’s exactly what we wanted. 

“It’s different,” added MacDonald on adjusting to an unfamiliar playing position. “I did it a couple of times before and it suits me when we play the diamond with more midfielders inside. I’m getting used to it and I’m starting to pick it up a bit better each game.” 

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